Category: Opportunities

PD Survey – Deadline October 17

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Art21 Summer PD Opportunities

Art21 has a number of virtual events coming up in August for educators. Rethinking Curriculum on August 1, ArtBreak on August 3 which includes watching Wangechi Mutu’s Art21 film & some art making, & Pay Attention on August 17. Details and direct links to register can be found below!

Art21 Virtual Teacher Workshop: Rethinking Curriculum – Aug 1

In this workshop, participants will explore the most essential elements of the courses they teach and then learn strategies to help engage students through the incorporation of big questions. Through practical examples and simple steps to try on your own, participants will learn ways to take their curriculum to the next level in an easygoing and conversational setting. Let’s break down big ideas you have for your curriculum and frame them as questions to drive student learning…. together!
In this online artmaking workshop, join us as we watch Wangechi Mutu’s Art21 film, “Between the Earth and Sky”, and consider a prompt from our new Educators’ Guide. We will then create art together during an #Art21ArtBreak. Participants are encouraged to bring whatever art materials speak to them, which can include drawing paper, pencils, markers, fabric, thread, tape, scissors, clay, paint, canvas, etc.

The act of paying attention is not casual. It’s active, intentional, and fundamental to artists and living humans alike, to anyone who seeks to experience the world, whether that means noticing sounds, sights, sensations, or even just the thoughts crossing your mind at any given moment.

In this session, two alumni of Art21 Educators will share some classroom practices to help develop the skill of noticing and paying attention in both students’ lives and in our own as artists and educators. Through detailed and challenging journaling exercises and regular image-making, we can train ourselves and others to hold on to more of our daily experiences, for the purpose of both mindfulness and mining for art. This session will incorporate strategies of list-making by Lynda Barry as well as camera-roll journaling, long-viewing exercises, and other activities in order to develop a practice of paying attention and activating our memories more regularly.

DESE New Arts Teacher Support – Interest Form

In the 2022-2023 school year, DESE is launching a mentoring and support program for PreK-12 arts teachers who have newly entered the field during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity will focus on implementing high quality arts programs, and strengthening teacher practice. Arts teachers will also benefit by working within a peer community and having experienced arts teachers coach them in their work. This opportunity can be applied as part of a district’s new teacher induction and mentoring program activities.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please use this form to sign-up to receive more information about this opportunity and the 2022-2023 enrollment process. Please contact with any questions.

Call for Designer

The MAEA Conference Committee is looking for a designer to create a design for the 2022 MAEA Conference. This design will be used on social media marketing, the conference website, and may additionally used on swag. We invite student designers, art educators, and professional designers to submit a portfolio example of 3-5 designs for consideration.

Call for Artist Deadline: June 1, 2022
The selected designer will be notified by June 8 and the design deadline is July 11, 2022.
Stipend: $500

Learn more and submit your information for consideration here.

Student and Funding Opportunities

You will find many new opportunities highlighted on the MAEA website for both students and teachers. Be sure to visit the opportunities tab for funding opportunities, job listings, student contests, and summer programs for students and teachers.

There are a variety of funding opportunities listed, including the Schacht Tools for School (deadline March 1); Bow Seat Educator Innovation Awards (deadline July 1); and the Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants (deadline September 21). See all funding opportunities here.

There are new student opportunities, including virtual classes for students in grades 7-12 through MassArt Youth Programs and a variety of art competitions. See all student opportunities here.

If you have an opportunity to share, please email

September MAEA Watch Party

The PD Committee has finalized details for the 2021-2022 Watch Party Discussion Series. The first session is Sep 8 at 6:00 pm ET.  Here you can find more info & register!
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.

August Art Education Zoom Series

We are happy to share we will be offering an August session for practitioners and educators in higher education, supervision, and pre & in-service educators who are involved in the Visual Arts teacher preparation on August 19 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. This session will be facilitated by Jane McNeil-McKeag and Sohee Koo. The group will share critical reflection and strategies for online and in-person supervision and assessments in Visual Arts. The topic for this session is Art Teacher Assessments in MA: Reflections on CAP & Other Teacher Preparation Frameworks. Learn more and register.

Center for Instructional Support 2021 – 2022 Program Catalog

MAEA is happy to share two arts specific offerings from the Center for Instructional Support. More information about the Arts Leaders Network which runs meets 10/20, 11/10, 12/8, 1/19, 3/16, and 5/4 can be found on our PD Opportunities page.  There you will also find information about the webinar offering: Working with the Guidebook of Culturally Diverse Artists & Artworks which is being offered twice – once on August 18 and October 18 at 4:00 pm.

For more information and to register for both of these offerings, please visit the PD Opportunities page. If you have questions about these offerings, please contact Dawn Benski,

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Art Education Zoom Series – March Session

Focus for March: Connect, Create, Collab
Connect, Create, Collab – The goal of this session is to provide a space for arts educators who would like to take part in creating artwork together virtually. Connect, Create, Collab, is an opportunity for artmaking and informal art sharing facilitated by the conference committee chair Shannon Carey and MAEA Art Educator of the Year Ann Villarreal. There will also be time during the session to connect with other arts educators as well as engage collaboratively in conversation. At the conclusion of the session there will be time to share the artwork you have created during this session, or previously during the time span of the pandemic.

Date: Friday, March 12
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Zoom (Link will be provided after sign-up via email).