Category: Opportunities

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.

Registration
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).

Seeking Volunteers for Research Study

MAEA Supervision/Administration Division Director Patty Klibansky is seeking volunteers to take part in a research study focused on the lived experiences of elementary, itinerant art teachers, in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Please see below for more information about the study. If you wish to participate, please contact Patty at Klibansky.P@northeastern.edu to set a date and time (conducted online) that works for you for this interview.

This study is part of my Doctor of Education program at Northeastern University and is being conducted with oversight of Northeastern University’s Institutional Review Board. Though I am an Arts Curriculum Director, locally, this is my student research.

The purpose of this qualitative narrative study is to collect the thoughts of itinerant art teachers to learn about their perceptions of connectedness and professional learning. Your feedback will allow me to identify ways in which we can maximize communications and build social capital in the field of art education through a framework of communities of practice.

I am seeking Massachusetts licensed (preferable), elementary art educators working as an itinerant art teacher in any of the PreK-5 grade levels in the last 3 years. Itinerant is defined as traveling during the school day, in the situation as an art on a cart teacher and/or teaching across school buildings and/or classrooms. If you volunteer to take part of this study, you will be asked to participate in an online, interview with me. For safety reasons, in-person interviews are not permitted at this time. The interview will be one hour long (maximum of 90 minutes total). I will ask questions about your experiences and feelings about connectedness and professional learning through a framework of communities of practice. Participation is entirely voluntary.

WAM’s Teen Council – Opportunity for individuals aged 13-18

The Worcester Art Museum is happy to announce a new opportunity for teens at WAM! WAM is seeking individuals aged 13-18 who are passionate about arts and culture for our newly formed Teen Council.

WAM’s Teen Council will be comprised of individuals with a wide variety of skills, interests, experiences, and backgrounds; a shared passion for the artsand a dedication to community building.  This council will be a unique opportunity for up to twelve teens to help shape the Museum’s programming and offerings! Members of the council will be expected to attend a monthly meeting (in-person or remote), and be involved in at least one teen program at the Museum. Council Members are expected to serve a term of at least one year, with the Teen Council Year beginning in July and ending in June.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Buck ([email protected]worcesterart.org) or Aileen Novick ([email protected]worcesterart.org) or via teens@worcesterart.org

Youth Art Month: Statewide Virtual Exhibit Registration Now Open

March is Youth Art Month. There are many ways to participate in Youth Art Month 2021.

One way to join in on the Youth Art Month fun is by participating in the Statewide Youth Art Month Virtual exhibit! Join teachers from across the state as they celebrate the amazing work of their students.

All participating teachers for the Statewide Youth Art Month exhibit must register. Registration for the Statewide Youth Art Month Exhibit is free for MAEA members | Non-members pay $7.  Registration closes January 29, 2021.

Find more information and register for the Statewide Youth Art Month exhibit here.

DESE Share-a-thon – Jan 26 – Focus on Discourse Strategies in All Content Areas 

This is an opportunity for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to learn and share strategies, resources, and best practices for remote/hybrid instruction and learning with a particular focus on discourse strategies to help facilitate students engaging deeply with each other around content.

We will have the chance to experience discourse from a student perspective in the classrooms of two featured teachers from different content areas.  We will also have a chance to join with content-alike colleagues for a broader discussion of discourse strategies within our discipline.

We encourage you to come ready to share your resources and ideas for engaging students with discourse strategies!

January 26, 2021 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Register Here

Questions? Contact: Jenn Sauriol – Jennifer.L.Sauriol@mass.gov

3:00-4:00 Share-a-Thon: We will have the chance to experience discourse from a student perspective in the classrooms of two featured teachers from different content areas.  We will also have the chance to join with content-alike colleagues for a broader discussion of strategies within our discipline. We encourage you to come ready to share your resources and ideas for engaging students with discourse strategies!

4:00-4:30 Bonus Session: Our Educator Effectiveness team will highlight the adapted student feedback surveys that are aligned to the 2020-21 Focus Indicators (and now available in 5 additional languages) to help you elevate student voice in understanding teaching and learning this year, and facilitate a discussion among participants about other ways they are soliciting input from students on their learning environments.

Free Admission to the MFA & Distance Learning

Free Admission to the MFA

The MFA is grateful for all that educators do — especially this year! — to engage and support their students. We are excited to share a new promo code for K-12 educators in New England that grants free general admission to the MFA! Go to https://www.mfa.org/tickets to reserve your tickets. Select a date, select general admission or add a special exhibition $5, and once on the new page you can enter your promo code on the upper right. ​Please be sure to only share this code with your K-12 colleagues!​

MFA Distance Learning

Connect students to art and the MFA through free 30-minute live interactive programs for students on topics including Ancient Egypt,  Monet, and the exhibition “Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.”​

MAEA Recognitions Exhibit Logo

2021 MAEA Recognitions Exhibit Now Accepting Submissions

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.

Upcoming Opportunities – MFA Educator Workshop & DESE Share-a-thon

EDUCATOR WORKSHOP FROM THE MFA – November 4
Writing the Future: A Closer Look
Join Liz Munsell, Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art, on Wednesday, November 4, for the first in a free series of educator workshops connecting teachers with interactive explorations and facilitated discussions on  “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.” Munsell will contextualize the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in relation to hip hop and the work of his peers, including Rammellzee, Fab 5 Freddy, ​Lady Pink, and Lee Quiñones. 
Teaching with the MFA Collection – Let Us Help You Find Art
Describe your topic or unit of instruction and an experienced volunteer MFA educator will reply with suggestions of works of art and resources for your lessons.​

Share-a-thon – Focus on Feedback Strategies – November 17 and 19

Similar to the DESE share-a-thons in September, this is an opportunity for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to learn and share strategies, resources, and best practices for remote/hybrid instruction with a particular focus on student feedback strategies.

Facilitators will start by taking a glimpse into the classrooms of two featured teachers in different content areas.  This will be followed by a chance to break out and discuss those ideas shared and more. Finally, everyone will have a chance to join with content-alike colleagues for a broader discussion of feedback strategies within our disciplines.

You are encouraged to come ready to share your resources and strategies for giving student feedback!

REGISTER HERE – Please register by Monday, November 16.

Questions?
Contact: Jenn Sauriol – Jennifer.L.Sauriol@mass.gov

Art Education Zoom Series – November Session

Focus for November: Artist Show & Tell
The goal of this session is to provide a space for arts educators who would like to share information, lessons, and learning opportunities dedicated to contemporary artists. Artist Show & Tell is an opportunity for an informal discussion, brainstorming, and sharing facilitated by the conference committee chair Shannon Carey.

Please ‘bring’ a contemporary artist you would like to share with the group. We hope participants will be able to share how you have or plan to use this artist in your curriculum, along with where someone would be able to find more information about the artist (artist website, Instagram, museum exhibit information). We would appreciate it if you are also prepared to share at least one image of the artist’s work.

There will also be time during the session to connect with other arts educators as well as engage collaboratively in conversation about the 2020-2021 school year.

Learn more and register for this event here.

Second Supervisors Roundtable Discussion

We hope you will join our Supervisors Roundtable Discussion this coming Wednesday, November 4 to discuss potential topics related to the reopening of schools, curriculum topics, remote/hybrid teaching models, itinerant staff, limited supplies, and/or guiding arts teachers through the 2019 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for the Arts.

The co-facilitators of this session are Patty Klibansky, Art, Theater, Dance Curriculum Director of the Lynn Public Schools and Alice Gentili, Art Department Chair of the Mendon-Upton Regional School District and visual arts/media arts educator at Miscoe Hill Middle School.
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
Who: Directors/Supervisors of Visual Art Educators
Where: On Zoom
When you register please include your question(s) that will assist in guiding this online, group effort. You will receive a confirmation email that confirms your registration and includes the Zoom meeting details from president@massarted.com. This will be sent to the email address you use to register. If you do not see that email, please check your spam folder.
If you have a topic you would like to discuss with other art educators, please contact info@massarted.com so MAEA can help support these conversations.