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Independent Schools

Welcome to the Independent Schools Section of the MAEA!
Here you will find information relating to independent schools in Massachusetts. It is our hope that we can identify specific concerns and needs within the independent school community and help advance art education in our schools. Please contact Billy with any ideas, issues, or concerns that you may have.

Link to NAEA page for Independent Schools - click here

February 5, 2018
April 23 - 27, 2018

There are 18 committed schools for this year’s SISAL event! Below you will find the 2018 Full Submission Instructions (including categories, dates and drop off instructions), Inventory Sheets, Entry Forms, and driving directions to Brimmer and May.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the spring!

Best, Kathryn
Kathryn Lee
Brimmer and May School
Director of Middle and Upper School Visual Arts


April 11 - 12
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ruth Corkin Theater in Brimmer and May’s Chase Building.
Please refer to submission instructions for complete details.

Friday, April 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. Opening Reception
6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Gallery open to the public:
Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Brimmer and May School
Chase Building, Hastings Center
60 Middlesex Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

The SISAL poster was designed by Brimmer and May student, TC Ye, for you to display within your classrooms and community.


• Submission instructions - click here
• Student entry form - click here
• Teacher inventory sheet - click here
• Directions to Brimmer and May - click here
• Poster - click here

November 30, 2017
AANEPS Exhibit at Lesley University
"(All) Art Is Political(!?!)"

Lesley University's College of Art and Design will host an exhibition of artwork by students who attend schools associated with AANEPS.  The exhibition includes work by roughly 125 students from seventeen preparatory schools -- including St. Marks, Thayer Academic, BB&N, Milton Academy, Winsor School, etc. 

The exhibition serves a collaborative partnership between LUCAD and AANEPS.  Given Lesley University's historic commitment to the visual arts and art education, we were thrilled to sponsor this exhibition and to highlight the work of so many young artists.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, and we encourage teachers and students from local schools to visit the show. The exhibit will be on view from December 1 - 17.

Opening Reception: December 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lunder Arts Center
The Lunder Arts Center is located at 1801 Massachusetts Avenue (in Porter Square).

January 13, 2017
SISAL Member School Art Exhibit

The 2017 SISAL member schools' art exhibit will be held at The Carroll School in Lincoln in May 2017. The exhibition will be up and open to the public May 1 - May 5, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Awards and take down will be on Sunday, May 7 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Downloads including submission instructions, inventory form, and entry form are in a zip file - click here.

For more information, please contact Diane Francis -

Art Allstate
November 2, 2016
ISAIA Fall Conference | Independent School Art Instructors Association

I hope you are looking forward to the first weekend in December. The invitation linked below has all the details of this year's ISAIA conference. This is going out exactly one month from the deadline, but please do not hesitate to send your confirmation in early.

A glimpse of what is in store can be seen on the conference website - click here -. but again the included invite/letter speaks to occasion directly.

Questions / comments?
I'd love to hear from you,

Scot J. Wittman - ISAIA co-President / Rutgers Preparatory School -
Bill Hardy - ISAIA co-President / Millbrook School
Ian Torney - ISAIA 2016 Site Director / Milton Academy

Invitation - click here
Registration - click here

November 1, 2016
Fall MAEA Conference | Independent School Opportunities

The 2016 Massachusetts Art Education Association Fall Conference will be held at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA on November 12 and 13.

Billy will be offering a workshop on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. titled:
Independent Schools: Addressing Issues and Curriculum Slam

Additionally, there will be a Job Alike lunch table on Sunday for Independent School teachers at 12:00 p.m.

The conference page with more information is here.

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

May 25, 2015
Independent School Art Educators Survey
To better understand our programs, schedules, teaching loads, and issues, we have started a survey for independent school art educators. We will compile the results and share both via email and at the fall conference through a workshop specifically for independent school art educators.

Click here for the survey


Billy Claire
MAEA Independent School Representative
Fay School | Southborough MA


Small Independent School Art League

This 2018 SISAL show will be at Brimmer and May School this year.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Lee -

ISAIA | Independent School Art Instructors Association

For more information - click here.

Art Association of New England Preparatory Schools (AANEPS)

The Art Association Of New England Preparatory Schools is an organization formed to promote and support the arts/ art educators in independent schools. Membership is open to all independent school 9-12 visual arts educators. Periodic gatherings are designed to cultivate and share ideas, programs, and events as well as strategies for teaching, studio and facility design, and all issues relevant to the teaching and practice of art and design. .


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