Category: Opportunities

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).

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 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] or Aileen Novick ([email protected] or via

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 –

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 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.”​

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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.