Category: Elections

Seeking ED&I Director-Elect

MAEA is seeking to fill the position of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Director-Elect. The ED&I Director-Elect will serve now – December 31, 2022 which transitions to a two year term as ED&I Director. Please see below for more information about both positions. 

As an organization, we are following the lead of the NAEA in creating an ED&I Committee and Directorship in order to take full responsibility for developing a unified sense of community concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion across our association. 

If you are interested in the ED&I Director-elect position please submit your resume and/or CV and vision statement to Jaimee Taborda at secretary@massarted.com. The vision statement of 300 words or less should outline your leadership priorities and goals for the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion work within MAEA. If selected as a candidate, your vision statement will be featured on the MAEA website as well as the electronic ballot. The deadline for applying for this position is May 23, 2021.

ED&I Director-Elect Responsibilities

Director-Elect is expected to attend all MAEA Board meetings either physically or virtually unless pre-arrangements have been made. In the event of an anticipated absence, the Secretary should be notified as soon as possible. Excessive absences may serve as cause for removal from the Board of Directors.

Such responsibilities and duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Serve as chair for the ED&I committee. 
  • Act as a point person for the committee and relay pertinent information to the board.
  • Attend monthly board meetings either virtually or in person, if unable to attend notify the secretary as soon as possible.
  • Hold committee meetings, and document work via committee meeting template. Monthly meetings are suggested.
  • Submit a report via report template with highlighted action items as needed to the secretary at least eight days prior to the scheduled meeting. In addition to action items, reports should include committee accomplishments and future plans. 
  • Work with the committee to reference, review, and update Policy Manual including procedures, timelines, and guidelines. Any changes to procedures and policies must be brought to the board for approval prior to implementation. These plans and actions must be in conformance with the overall strategic plans formulated by the Board of Directors.
  • With the assistance of the committee, submit an annual projected budget for approval by November for the following fiscal year (January 1).
  • Author or solicit from at least one article per year for the MAEA Newsletter.
  • Work toward advancing the mission of the Association.
  • Collaborate with the ED&I Director to advance ED&I initiatives.
  • Coordinate with the ED&I Director to aid in a smooth transition to the directorship.

Mission of the MAEA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Committee

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (ED&I) promotes, advocates, and creates opportunities for equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in the practice of art education. 

ED&I Committee Responsibilities/Goals 

When the committee is formed, they will evaluate and assess the recommendations from the MAEA ED&I Task Force and clearly define the goals and responsibilities of the committee.

ED&I Director Responsibilities 

The ED&I Director serves as a member of the Executive Committee. The officers of the Executive Committee are expected to attend all MAEA Board meetings either physically or virtually unless pre-arrangements have been made. In a time-sensitive circumstance in which a discussion and vote cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled board meeting, the Executive Committee officers are granted the power to make a decision on behalf of the Board of Directors. In such circumstances, every effort will first be made to inform the Board of Directors. 

Such responsibilities and duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Provide visionary and strategic leadership for the organization.
  • Attend monthly board meetings either virtually or in person, if unable to attend notify the secretary as soon as possible.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop the policies and direction of the organization.
  • Provide adequate and timely information to the Board of Directors to enable it to effectively execute its role.
  • Manage ED&I budget and report annually to the Treasurer.
  • With the assistance of the Director-Elect, submit an annual projected budget for approval by November for the following fiscal year (January 1).
  • Review policy and make recommendations for inclusion in the Policy Manual as in the best interest of the Association and its members.
  • May speak to the press and other interested parties on behalf of the organization.
  • Collaborate with the ED&I Director-Elect and committee to advance ED&I initiatives.
  • Coordinate with the ED&I Director-Elect to aid in a smooth transition to the directorship.

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.

SEEKING NOMINATIONS EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS

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