The MAEA Watch Party Discussion Series are ten companion discussions to the monthly NAEA webinars, facilitated by MAEA leaders, members, and selected guests who bring their unique experiences to each month’s topic. Watching the NAEA webinars is not a prerequisite, however doing so will enhance attendees’ general knowledge of the topic. For the 2021 – 2022 Watch Party series, MAEA facilitators will engage participants in open conversation, share helpful resources, and promote a supportive space for all to join in. These discussions will relate back to the theme of the NAEA webinars, but will include stand alone content so that they are not exactly the same.
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force is happy to share that we have completed the work of drafting our ED&I Task Force recommendations. These recommendations were approved by the MAEA Board of Directors at the July board meeting.
The ED&I Task Force based these recommendations on the recommendations shared by NAEA and revised to fit the needs of MAEA. We would like to note that the ED&I Task Force considers this list of recommendations a living document that will evolve as the ED&I Committee works to execute on these recommendations, under the leadership of our new ED&I Director-Elect, Emily Moran.
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
– Albert Pike [19th century American author]
As we move through this journey of life we encounter many different people and in so doing recognize that each and every life is unique. The time that the living essence of a being graces this world, and often for those of us who are fortunate to have had contact with the living essence of the person we are often forever changed and our lives thereby enriched by this experience.
Art Education has lost a beloved colleague and longtime teacher, scholar, and artist and we are profoundly saddened at the death of Dr. Ruth Starratt, who passed away suddenly on March 12, 2021.
Prior to her retirement Dr. Ruth, as those of us who knew her often called her, taught at Boston University, and was especially influential in the lives of her students. While many will remember Dr. Ruth for her artistic spirit and talent and for how she enriched the lives of all she touched with not only her artistic flare but also her intellectual curiosity, she, undoubtedly, will be best remembered as the engaging and wonderfully supportive art educator that she was. Dr. Ruth has without question left an indelible mark on the students that she taught and supervised as well as all of those who had the great, good fortune to have known her.
Dr. Ruth was a self-starter and had an infectious passion for learning, which she in turn imparted to her students. Learning was for her an essential part of life, and she encouraged her students, friends, and family members to pursue advanced degrees. Her characteristic drive is apparent in the fact that she received her Ed.M in Art and Education in 1981 from Columbia University, and one year later in 1982 had attained her Ed.D in Art and Education from the same institution with concentrations in the Art of Oceania and Art Education. Additionally, she held an MFA from Southern Connecticut State College with a concentration in painting, drawing, and printmaking, and her undergraduate degree was from the University of Bridgeport in Art and English Literature.
Dr. Ruth worked as an art teacher for nearly thirty years before becoming a full-time Lecturer at Boston University in 1998 until her retirement in 2017. Her professional affiliations were many including a membership in the Massachusetts Art Education Association for many years as well as memberships in the American Educational Research Association, Delta Kappa Gamma (Honorary Society for Women Educators), and a lifetime membership in the American Society of Botanical Artists. However, her longest professional affiliation, one of over fifty years, was with the National Art Education Association, in which she was extremely active, especially in the Women’s Caucus and held a lifetime membership in it. She served as an NAEA Elected National Assembly Delegate from 2000 to the present. She and her husband Jerry (Dr. J. Starratt, who previously served as a professor of Educational Administration at Boston College, and whose death sadly followed hers by a month) were permanent fixtures at the annual NAEA Conventions for years, and for those of us who had the good fortune to socialize and meet with them over food or a beverage were always in for stimulating, informative, and enlightening conversation that might go on for hours on end. Sharing the rarified air with these two incredible human beings was not only an uplifting experience but also a transformative one.
Dr. Ruth’s artistic and academic undertakings were manifold such as the research monograph on the papier-mache teaching models of Louis Auzoux that she was commissioned to write by Wellesley College a number of years ago. Her trip to Zambia and Botswana to continue her research in pre-history art and the petroglyphs produced by the early peoples of these countries. This work was part of ongoing research that she had begun many years ago at Columbia University. She delivered papers and seminars in Europe in numerous countries by invitation as part of her on-going work with national and international educators over the past thirty-five years. Her exquisite and delicate botanical paintings have graced many botanical exhibitions over the years, and are in the collections of close friends and family as well.
The sorrow that many of us feel for the loss of this dynamic force of nature is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege to have known her, and experience her vitality and “joie de vivre”, which will live on in the many lives that she touched.
If you would like to create a paper crane in Ruth’s honor you can send one to Stacey Piwinski is collecting them. Please fold a paper crane and attach a fond memory or story. Mail them to Cranes for Ruth, P.O. Box # 560036, Medford, MA 02165.
If you have additional images you would like to share of Dr. Ruth Starratt, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the 2021 Online Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists (MAEA) Recognitions Juried Exhibit is now LIVE! Each teacher can submit up to 5 student entries (1 entry per student) on ArtCall. The submission deadline is Friday, January 15, 2021. Visit the MAEA Recognitions exhibit page for everything you need to know.
More about the exhibit: Piloted in 2018, the Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artist Recognition Exhibit is a juried show for students of Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) members in grades 9-12. This exhibition has been very successful with participation growing annually. Student entries are submitted digitally and judged by a panel of art educators. Selected works were exhibited at the State Transportation Building in Boston.
The Center for Instructional Support at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is seeking to celebrate and amplify the work of Massachusetts educators who created engaging opportunities for their students during remote learning this past spring. As we look ahead to the 2020-2021 school year, we do so with the knowledge that many students and educators will return to some form of remote learning, and we believe that collectively, we can help one another. To this end, we are inviting you — teachers, coaches, administrators, advocates — to share examples of remote teaching practice that worked well this spring and summer. What helped to engage students? Advance their knowledge? Cultivate a safe and culturally responsive learning space? Build and sustain momentum for learning? We’re seeking examples in the following categories:
- Videos of remote instruction (synchronous or asynchronous).
- Lesson plans or instructional materials (e.g. packets, assignments) that facilitate student-centered learning.
- Lesson plans or instructional materials that include or address the needs of English learners and students with disabilities.
- Sample scope & sequences for hybrid and remote teaching.
- Family communication and engagement strategies that supported student learning at home.
- Other strategies/resources that we may be missing — what worked for you?
We hope to share many of these submissions in forthcoming DESE resources on remote learning as a way to both recognize excellent educators and promote effective, culturally responsive and sustaining remote teaching practices throughout the Commonwealth. If your submission is selected, we will reach out to you directly for additional information.
Samples of remote teaching should be submitted here. If you have any additional questions about this request for submissions, please reach out to email@example.com.
MAEA has released guidance for PreK-12 schools, administrators, and arts educators as they plan for the 2020-2021 school year, to ensure that we may continue to provide meaningful arts instruction for all students in Massachusetts. Click on the link to view the MAEA Guidelines for Visual Art Education in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic drafted by members of the Massachusetts Art Education Association.
The mission of MAEA is to advance high quality visual arts education for all students by empowering art educators to excel in the practice, instruction, promotion, and celebration of visual art.
How the MFA can support Teachers and Students?
The Museum of Fine Arts continues to bring students and educators together with art for vital learning, even if they are not able to gather in the galleries. Drawing on their expertise and (very handy!) years of experience teaching over Zoom, they are both expanding the programs they are offering and helping educators utilize art in new ways in their own teaching. They remain committed to continuing and enhancing our pursuit of a more inclusive MFA whether they are serving audiences in person or virtually.
The MFA’s collections are powerful tools for teaching. Works of art engage students in curriculum in the digital sphere, and fuel social and emotional learning. They illuminate — and illustrate the complexity of — American and global histories. They are rich visual “texts” that can be prompts for writing and evidence-based discussions, and vital assets in language learning. They deepen understanding of STEM and crystallize cross-disciplinary explorations.
K-12 teachers and administrators please complete the survey to share what you and your students will need the MFA to be and do to support you in the next six months. Your responses will help significantly in their planning.
Commissioner Riley shared DESE guidance for arts and physical education courses on July 24. We encourage arts educators to look over this guidance as they being to prepare for the fall. Please note, this guidance is being released in late July 2020 and may be revised as DESE continues to monitor COVID-19 trends and the latest medical research. On pages 3-4 you will find details regarding shared equipment and on page 7 you will find specific details related to the visual arts.
After you review these recently released guidelines, for those of you teaching in public schools, we also suggest you continue to connect with your education association (locally and at the state level) for continued updates regarding advocating for the safety of children, families AND educators.