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2019 Art Educators of the Year

Call for Art – 2020 MAEA Awards

The MAEA Awards Committee is currently accepting art submissions from artists for the 2020 MAEA awards. These will be awarded to our 2020 MAEA award winners at the MAEA awards program held at the 2019 MAEA conference hosted by Montserrat College of Art, November 9-10, 2019. Learn more.

September 15, 2019

DESE Looking for Regional Arts Ambassadors

Are you interested in becoming a Massachusetts DESE Arts Ambassador in your region?

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is recruiting arts education professionals to lead regional support of arts educators over the 2019-2020 school year as we transition to a new Arts Curriculum Framework.

The Role of Arts Education Ambassadors:

Arts Education Ambassadors have an exciting opportunity to work as a regional arts team, connect with other arts educators, develop workshop opportunities with supporting resources (that culminate in 10 PDPs total for participants), and serve as point people for each region of the state.

Ambassador Must-Haves:
  • A passion for curriculum development and professional learning.
  • Experience leading groups of professional learners.
  • Familiarity with the 2019 MA Arts Curriculum Framework, which aligns to the National Core Arts Standards.
  • Knowledge of and experience in PK-12 schools.
  • A teaching background in one or more of the arts disciplines: dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers with diverse views.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A rating of Proficient or above on most recent evaluation (PK-12 practitioners).

Learn more and apply online – Application deadline August 16.

Fall Course/PDP Offering – Tufts University

Kay Furst, Tuesdays 5:30–8:30 p.m. School of the Museum of Fine Arts
This is a graduate level course that provides an overview of visual art methods and materials that are appropriate for art students in grades PK-8. The focus of this course is to provide you with hands-on opportunities to explore and become familiar with a wide range of materials and to evaluate the properties of these materials to expand upon new lesson possibilities. This course will also require a re-look at the artistic, emotional,
cognitive and social development of young students in the PK-8 age group through readings and discussions. Learn more.

Present at NPEN Professional Development Conference for Art Educators

The Northeast Professional Educator Network (NPEN), in collaboration with fine and performing arts educators, will be sponsoring a full day of teacher workshops on November 5, 2019 to provide professional development for art, music, theater, and foreign language educators at Chelmsford High School, 200 Richardson Road in Chelmsford. NPEN is a multi-district organization that has been formed to provide high-quality professional development to educators.

Visual art educators are encouraged to present sessions at this event. Each presenter facilitates a 90-minute session to art educators. Educators will have a range of sessions to choose from in each of the three blocks of sessions that day, so to help plan and provide them with information to make their selections, interested applicants will need to submit a title for the session, a brief description, presenter bio, and the levels for which this session is appropriate (elementary, middle, and/or high school level educators). Past attendees have indicated in their survey responses that very “hands-on” sessions are the most popular.

NPEN will compensate the presenter $100 for preparing and presenting the session.

This November, there were almost 250 visual art teachers signed up for the event, and these numbers are guaranteed to increase in 2019. Districts involved in this event are Amesbury, Andover, ASRSD, Bedford, Beverly, Carlisle, Chelmsford, CREST, Georgetown, Gloucester, Hamilton-Wenham, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lynnfield, Manchester Essex, Melrose, Methuen, North Andover, North Middlesex Regional, North Reading, Northshore Education Consortium, Reading, Rockport, Salem, SEEM, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Tri-Town, Valley Collaborative, Wilmington, and more.

Presenters do not need to be a member of NPEN. If you would like to learn more about NPEN, please visit the NPEN website:http://northeastpen.com/

Interested teachers should email their proposed session title, description, level, and bio no later than July 1 for consideration to Dr. Christina Whittlesey whittleseyc@chelmsford.k12.ma.us.

Middle and High School Exhibit Opportunity – Save the Date

Middle Level and Secondary art educators please put work aside for our fall exhibit
The Printed Image . Art educators are invited to submit 10 pieces of student work . Work submitted can be straight digital or film photographs, pieces that have been altered in some way, for example via digital manipulation, or printmaking.
September 29 – November 15, 2019
Install: September 28
Submission Deadline: September 21; mail in received by September 25
Take-Down: November 16

Exhibit Opportunities – Save the Dates

MAEA is continuing our ongoing series of art education exhibitions in the second floor atrium gallery space at the State Transportation Building in Boston with two upcoming exhibit opportunities for art educators and their students.
Active and retired art educators working in Massachusetts are invited to submit their 2D and 3D artwork for the annual juried exhibit “Art Educators of Massachusetts.” Look for the submission portal to open soon.
Art Educators of Massachusetts Exhibit Details
June 10 – September 15, 2019
Submission Deadline: May 24
Install: June 8
Middle Level and Secondary art educators, please put work aside for our fall exhibit
“The Printed Image: Photography/Altered Images Exhibit”. Middle Level and Secondary art educators are invited to submit 10 pieces of student work focused around the medium of photography. Work submitted can be straight digital or film photographs, or pieces that have been altered in some way, for example via digital manipulation or collage.
The Printed Image: Photograph/Altered Images Exhibit Details
September 29 – November 15, 2019
Install: September 28
Submission Deadline: September 21; mail in received by September 25
Take-Down: November 16

Welcome, Thank You, and Join the Board!

The MAEA Board of Directors is happy to welcome some new board members. We are happy to welcome Lydia Gruner who has stepped into the role of Special Needs Representative and Jane McKeag who has stepped into the role of Publications Editor.
We would also like to thank Erin Sutton and Tamera Burn who recently had to step down from their roles on the MAEA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will miss you and appreciate your service to MAEA!
We are looking to fill the position of Secondary Division Director, Museum Education Division Director, and Exhibitions Committee Chair. We are also accepting applications for a committee chair for our newly formed Professional Development Committee. Interested candidates should submit their resume or CV/letter of intent to secretary@massarted.com .
Interested in becoming more involved, but aren’t ready to take the plunge into an official board position, consider joining one of our active committees like  awards,  conference, youth art month,  public relations,  student recognitionsexhibitions, or professional development .

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest for Students

Students are invited to submit visual art, poetry, prose, film, and music that explore this year’s theme, Presence of Future: Climate Change and the Ocean. Students are asked to create a piece about a coastal/marine species, place, or system that will be threatened, altered, or lost due to climate change. 

Contest Information:

  • Students can earn scholarships of up to $1,500!
  • Open to: students from around the world ages 11-18
  • Students can work as individuals or a group
  • Free to enter
  • Deadline: June 17, 2019
  • Hundreds of scholarships available
  • For more information: www.bowseat.org/contest