Category: Board News

Welcome New and Returning Board Members

The MAEA Board of Directors is excited to welcome three new board members, and a number of returning board members. These new terms start January 1, 2019 and are two year terms, unless otherwise noted. Thank you to everyone for your commitment to MAEA!
Newly Elected Board Members
Helen Downey – Treasurer
Jaimee Taborda – Secretary
Newly Appointed Board Members
Katie McEwan – Elementary Division Director
David Polito – Supervision/Administration Division Director
Eleena Rioux – Youth Art Month Committee Chair
Continuing Board Members
Rebecca Bourgault – Preservice Division Director
Tamera Burns – Secondary Division Director
Tobey Eugenio – Middle Level Division Director
Kay Furst – Higher Education Division Director
Diana Adams Woodruff – Student Recognitions Committee Chair, one year term
Special thanks to Amy Briggs Kemeza and Jessica Sassaman, who are stepping down from their roles as Museum Education Division Director and Elementary Division Director. We wish them well and know they will continue their work supporting the mission of MAEA!

Join us to Celebrate the 2019 MAEA Art Educators of the Year

The MAEA Board of Directors is looking forward to honoring and celebrating the 2019 MAEA Art Educators of the Year at the 2019 NAEA Convention in Boston and we hope you will join us!
The awards ceremony has been scheduled for March 16, 2019 at 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. in Meeting Room 310/Center at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Registration for the NAEA Convention is NOT required to attend the MAEA Awards Ceremony.
Interested in nominating a colleague for the 2020 MAEA Art Educator Awards? Learn more and nominate someone today!
Giving Tuesday Nov 27

Support MAEA on #GivingTuesday

As you give thanks and give back this holiday season, consider supporting MAEA on #GivingTuesday, just 5 days away. Your donation made through Facebook on November 27 will be matched, if you make it early enough in the day!

Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations a total of up to $7 million to U.S. nonprofits on Facebook. Bookmark this page so you are ready to donate on #GivingTuesday and share it with friends and family.

Want to make sure #GivingTuesday is on your calendar – Mark yourself as going to the Facebook event, and you’ll get a reminder just before the event starts at 8:00 am. Every $ raised will go to support the mission of MAEA.

Thank you for your support!

MAEA T-Shirt Design Contest

Get your doodle on while hanging out with family and friends during Thanksgiving break. Help design our limited edition t-shirt for the 2019 NAEA Boston Convention. All proceeds to benefit the important work of MAEA. The winning design will be selected in mid December. The winner(s) will be rewarded with an MAEA shirt featuring his/her design, free conference registration to the 2019 MAEA conference and will be featured on MAEA social media and website.
Design Should:
  • Celebrate the field of art education in some way.
  • Include #NAEA19
  • Be a maximum of two ink colors. If you use black or white it counts as one of your two colors.
  • T-shirt fabric can be almost any color so consider that in your design.
  • Design for front of t-shirt only.
  • Design could highlight location of convention (Boston) but that is optional.
Submission Deadline:

December 3, 2018 Learn more.

Giving Tuesday Nov 27

Executive Board Elections

Elections are now open for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. Though both are running unopposed please cast your vote of support.

Secretary – Jaimee Taborda

Jaimee Taborda cares deeply about instilling the values of artistic thinking in her students through the Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) approach to art education. A high school art educator of eleven years, she bridges contemporary art practices with current education concepts to provide a rich and diverse learning environment. She continuously challenges herself to learn more, both as an educator, through professional development, and as an artist, through studio classes. In addition to working as an artist and teaching full time at Oxford High School in Oxford, MA, Jaimee currently serves as department head of Unified Arts, adviser for art club and the National Art Honor Society, Adjunct Professor at Gordon College, and the new Interim Secretary for the MAEA. Jaimee is passionate about art education and strives to instill a love for the arts in all of her students.

Treasurer – Helen Downey

A member of the first graduating class of art majors from Framingham State College Helen Downey began teaching art in 1976 in the Marlborough Public Schools where she taught until she retired in 2012. During her thirty-six year career, Helen was as a facilitator for an Art Frameworks study group, presented at both MAEA and NELMS conferences, served a year as treasurer of the local Teacher’s Union, and received an M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University. As K-12 Art Coordinator for 3 years, Helen was instrumental in the development and promotion of the department’s Permanent Collection. A member of the MAEA board since 2007 she became co-chair of the YAM committee in 2014 and has most recently served as treasurer and youth art month committee chair. Despite her retirement Helen remains involved in and a proponent for art education.

Join the Board! Deadline Nov 1

The following MAEA Board positions are currently open for a two-year appointment, January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020.

Interested members, as well as eligible incumbents, are encouraged to apply.
Voting Positions:
Elementary Division Director
Middle Level Division Director
Secondary Division Director

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2018 State Conference & #NAEA19

In case you missed the previous announcement – the MAEA Board of Directors voted to cancel our annual conference for 2018. The reason for this decision was to make sure we had the board capacity to support NAEA and the national convention. We have been working closely with NAEA, and will continue to work closely to develop a convention we think you, our membership, will throughly enjoy.
We hope this decision means that you will be able to attend the NAEA National Convention in March 2019. Registration for the convention will be opening soon. You can find more information here including discounted hotel accommodations, which book up quickly!
Make sure your administration supports your convention attendance – share this letter from NAEA Executive Director Deborah Reeve with your administration to get their support. Additionally this handout includes tips and tools to help you get to Boston and get the most out of your experience.
Questions? Please contact Melissa Mastrolia at

Welcome to our New Board Members

The MAEA Executive Committee is happy to welcome our some new additions to the MAEA Board of Directors.

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth Coughlan who recently stepped into the role of Special Needs Representative, Rebecca Bourgault who recently stepped into the role of Preservice Division Director, and Jaimee Taborda who recently stepped into the role of Interim Secretary.

Contact information can be found on the Board of Directors page of the MAEA website.


Every Leader is an ArtistThe following MAEA Executive Committee positions are currently open for a two-year appointment:
Please submit a letter of intent, resume/CV, short biography (250 word), and head shot for the election to by October 1, 2018.
Elections for Secretary and Treasurer will open October 15 through October 31 and will be held electronically.