Category: Awards

Congratulations to Laura Marotta

“For the last 27 years, recipients of the Erskine award have proven, time and time again, just what women leaders are capable of,” stated Executive Director, Deborah Hall. “They’ve blazed trails, shattered glass ceilings, and laid the foundation for future generations of women and people of color to succeed.”

Laura is currently Executive Director and oversees all programming for Creative Hub Worcester, a non-profit focused on using art as a vehicle for healing and social change. Ms. Marotta was an art educator in several different school systems for over seven years. She previously worked at both Diamond Newman Fine Arts as well as Newbury Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts as a fine arts sales consultant. She is currently the Past-President of the Massachusetts Art Education Association, and is a practicing artist working mainly in watercolor and pen and ink. Currently Ms. Marotta oversees all programming for Creative Hub, including childcare, youth arts classes, adult workshops, gallery exhibitions, events, and more. She currently serves on the board for Love Your Labels, an LGBTQ+ youth focused advocacy organization.

Image credits: YWCA Central Massachusetts and Laura Marotta.

Congratulations to Lisa Donovan

The Arts Learning Irene Buck Service to Arts Education award honors an individual for distinguished and prolonged service as an advocate for arts education. The recipient exemplifies commitment and service to, and support of the arts, and arts-education communities. It was named to honor Irene Buck, President of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education for many years, who was the first recipient in 1998.

This year’s recipient is Lisa Donovan. Lisa is a professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, Massachusetts. Previously she was an associate professor of Education and the director of the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lisa has been a passionate advocate for arts education her entire career. As Director of the Creative Compact for Collective Impact (C4) project to create a blueprint for arts education for Berkshire County, and co-director of the Berkshire Regional Arts Integration Network (BRAINworks), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, she has worked to increase access to the arts for Berkshire students making a positive impact across the County.

Lisa has broad experience working as an arts educator and administrator in a variety of organizations including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Opera Company, Barrington Stage Company, University of Massachusetts’ Department of Theater, Boston University’s Theater, Visual Arts and Tanglewood Institutes.

In addition, Lisa served as executive director of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education and is the coeditor and author of a five-book series on arts integration published by Shell Education, Strategies to Integrate the Arts Series, and has published widely on arts integration and rural arts education.

Her research Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas (Donovan & Brown, 2017) was featured by the National Endowment for the Arts. Lisa was voted Best Professor in 2017 as part of the Berkshire Eagle’s Best of the Berkshires competition and was a finalist in the 2018 Berkshire Trendsetters Award for Creative Economy Standout.

SAVE THE DATE!

The 34th Annual Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards Celebration will be held on November 17th at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566

This year’s event will be live AND livestreamed! Stay tuned for more information about this event.

Call for Award Nominations – Deadline Extended to June 6

Here is your chance to celebrate your outstanding colleagues and nominate them for the 2022 MAEA Art Educator Awards. MAEA will honor the award recipients in conjunction with the 2021 MAEA Conference – exact event details to be determined. The submission deadline has been extended to June 6, 2021.

Don’t forget you can also toot your own horn and ask your administration to nominate you for an award or self nominate!

There are over 15 different MAEA Awards – Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

Congratulations!

Huge congrats to MAEA Members Ralph Caouette, Sara Egan, and Kristi Oliver who were honored at the National Art Education Association National Convention, which was held virtually this year. The award ceremonies were held on Saturday Feb 27, 2021. 

Ralph was awarded the 2021 MacArthur Goodwin Award for Distinguished Service Within the Profession. Sara was awarded the 2021 Eastern Region Museum Education Art Educator. Kristi was awarded the 2020 Eastern Region Outstanding Art Educator, and was celebrated this year due to the cancellation of the convention in 2020.

Ann Villarreal, 2021 MAEA Art Educator of the Year was also celebrated at the national level!

Congratulations to all of the national, regional, and state award winners.

MAEA Award nominations are due May 15, 2021.  Learn more and nominate someone today.

National and Regional Award nominations are due October 1, 2021.  Learn more.

Congratulations to the 2021 Art Educators of the Year

It is with great pride that we announce the 2021 MAEA Art Educators of the Year. If you would like to honor a colleague please consider nominating them before the deadline May 15, 2021! Learn more. 

MAEA Lifetime Achievement Award –
Eva Kearney, Winthrop Public Schools

Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year –
Ann Villarreal, Worcester Public Schools

Higher Education Preservice Art Educator of the Year –
Ivy Mayer, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Early Childhood Art Educator of the Year –
Bridget O’Leary, Dedham Public Schools

Elementary Art Educator of the Year –
Catie Nasser, Middleton Public Schools

Middle Level Art Educator of the Year –
Louis Martinez, North Brookfield Public Schools

Secondary Art Educator of the Year 
Kristyn Shea, Easton Public Schools

Special Needs Art Educator of the Year –
Christopher Hall, Boston Public Schools

Retired Art Educator of the Year –
Marie Meegan, Salem Public Schools

Higher Education Art Educator of the Year –
Pamela Bower-Basso, Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Exceptional New Art Educator of the Year –
Chesley Chapman, Falmouth Public Schools

Rising Star Secondary Student Award –
Hannah MacLean, Franklin High School

Distinguished Service Within the Profession –
Brenna Johnson, Franklin High School

Distinguished Service Outside the Profession –
Mary Keefe, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Call for Art – 2021 MAEA Awards

The MAEA Awards Committee is currently accepting art submissions from artists for the 2021 MAEA awards. These will be awarded to our 2021 MAEA award winners this fall. The selected image will be printed on glass via Fracture for the awards ceremony. The deadline for submission has been extended through September 20, 2020. Learn more here.

Call for Award Nominations – Deadline Extended to May 15

Here is your chance to celebrate your outstanding colleagues and nominate them for the 2021 MAEA Art Educator Awards. MAEA will honor the award recipients in conjunction with the 2020 MAEA Conference – exact event details to be determined. The submission deadline has been extended to May 15, 2020.

Don’t forget you can also toot your own horn and ask your administration to nominate you for an award or self nominate!

There are over 15 different MAEA Awards – Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

2020 NAEA Eastern Region Awards

Congratulations to all of the award winners who would have been celebrated at the 2020 NAEA convention. A Special congratulations to Kristi Oliver, 2020 Eastern Region Art Educator of the Year, as well as Lizzie Fortin, 2020 Massachusetts Art Educator of the year.

Other art educators recognized at the convention include Caddy Cicogna, 2020 Eastern Region Preservice Art Educator of the year; Michelle Grohe, 2020 National Museum Education Art Educator of the Year; Patty Bode 2020 National Ziegfeld Award Recipient, United States Society for Education Through Art.

See more about the 2020 NAEA Eastern Region Awards here.

Call for Art – 2021 MAEA Awards

The MAEA Awards Committee is currently accepting art submissions from artists for the 2021 MAEA awards. These will be awarded to our 2021 MAEA award winners at the MAEA awards program held at the 2020 MAEA conference. The selected image will be printed on glass via Fracture for the awards ceremony. The deadline for submission is September 13, 2020. Learn more.

Call for Award Nominations – Deadline May 1

Here is your chance to celebrate your outstanding colleagues and nominate them for the 2021 MAEA Art Educator Awards. MAEA will honor the award recipients at the 2020 MAEA Conference in November. The submission deadline is May 1, 2020.

Don’t forget you can also toot your own horn and ask your administration to nominate you for an award!

There are over 15 different MAEA Awards – Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.