Category: Opportunities

Call for Articles – MAEA News

The deadline for the conference edition of the MAEA News is February 3, 2023.
Share your take aways or what you presented on from the 2022 MAEA conference; or what you are looking forward to at the 2023 NAEA Convention in April.
If you are interested in contributing an article, check out submission guidelines here. Be sure to email to submit your article or to discuss article ideas. Please remember to include a signed Artwork Release form and a Photo Release form, as needed.

Check out the most recent edition of the MAEA News.

Student Exhibit Opportunity

The International Fiber Collaborative has two local exhibit opportunities. IFC will ship canvases to those who sign up. Contact them directly here or via email

Springfield Armory National Historic Site, MA, Exhibit 5
May 1 – June 30, 2023
Theme: What does “progress” mean to you?
At Springfield Armory National Historic Site, we often think of “progress” in the terms of technological innovation, craft production to interchangeability, iron to steel, and water power to electricity.
Postmark Due Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
Past exhibits: Exhibit 4Exhibit 3

Salem Maritime National Historic Site, MA, Exhibit 5
July 1 – August 31, 2023
Theme: Commemoration of America 250 – the Revolutionary War, Read More
Postmark Due Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
Past exhibits: Exhibit 2Exhibit 3

Youth Art Month: Statewide Virtual Exhibit Registration Now Open

March is Youth Art Month – We know many of you participate in celebrating the arts at a local or regional level. Please consider also participating and sharing your students’ work on a state-wide level. Being virtual, this show can be shared with students’ families and friends across the country or even the world!  We are hoping to make this year’s exhibit bigger and better than ever, and we need you! The deadline to register for this exhibit is January 20, 2023. Please read through the submission guidelines for everything you need to know about registering and submitting your student work to the virtual exhibit.

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 20, 2023.

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

MAEA Recognitions Exhibit Logo

Recognitions Exhibit Opens December 6

  • Open to grade 9-12 art students of MAEA members
  • Up to 5 student entries per art teacher, only 1 entry per student
  • Individual student work only, collaborative pieces will not be accepted
  • No size limits to actual artwork
  • Artwork must not been previously submitted to MAEA Recognitions
  • Artwork must be accompanied by an artist statement (maximum of 400 characters)
  • Teachers should register and submit their student work here starting December 6.
  • Student work should be photographed and saved as jpegs.
    • Submit 1 photo for 2D work and up to 2 photos for 3D work.
    • Minimum image 540 pixels. Maximum 1920 pixels.
    • Submit 2D size: height x width. Submit 3D size: height x width x depth.
  • Teachers must submit student’s artwork with​ its accompanying artist statement.
    • Artist Statement: 400 characters maximum.

All artwork must be original, created by the student. It must not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other individual or entity​.​ The Massachusetts Art Education Association maintains the right to determine which works of art are appropriate for this exhibit. Any subject matter that is highly controversial, items, symbols, or themes that may represent racism, prejudice, profanity, or are of a violent or lewd nature are not appropriate for this exhibit.

Learn more about the exhibit opportunity here, including details about the financial hardship waiver.

Youth Art Month: Flag Contest –

Celebrate Youth Art Month – Have your students enter the Youth Art Month Flag Contest. This contest is open to students in grades K-12. Each teacher may submit up to 10 entries. The submission deadline is January 13, 2023.

This year’s theme is YOUR ART YOUR VOICE.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $200 art supply gift card for winning student. PLUS $100 art supply gift card for your classroom. And to top it off, the grand prize work will be displayed at NAEA’s national convention in San Antonia, Texas!!!

In addition, $100 art supply gift cards will be awarded to one student winner in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Plus an additional $100 art supply gift card for the winning students’ classrooms.

Learn more about the Youth Art Month Flag Contest here.

Museum of Fine Arts Professional Development Opportunities

Art and Science: Conservation Center Open House: The MFA’s first back-in-person session for K-12 educators and college faculty is coming up next Wednesday, November 9, 4:00 pm–6:30 pm. Visit the Conservation labs to learn about the incredible work conservators do in art and science at the MFA. Visit Art and Science: Conservation Center Open House to reserve your free ticket! Online Educator Workshop – Save the Date: Wednesday January 11, 2023, 4 -5:30pm EST, in connection with the exhibition Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina, presented through a collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. More information coming soon.

Southeastern Massachusetts PD Opportunity

Adaptive Approaches and Creative Journaling for the 21st Century Art Educator The NBAM/ArtWorks! Art educator professional development workshop is offered in collaboration with Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative.

Cost $150 Location: McCoy Recreation Center New Bedford 181 Hillman Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740 MACourse #: 2022-33 Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 508-998-5599 ex 130, Instructors: Susan Loesl, Taylor Hickey, Devin “Nived” McLaughlin

Registration deadline is October 30. Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made prior to deadline.  All cancellations subject to a $50 administration fee.

Registration on Smart PD or email Sherri Tetrault at or call 508-9985599 ex 130.

Session I: Topic Virtual Interactive Presentation: Adaptive Art Strategies for All Learners

Art educators can be challenged to create opportunities for students with disabilities in the art room. This workshop focuses on discussing and trying adaptive tools, techniques and media as strategies to support all the learners in the artmaking process. Examples of adapted art activities will also be presented. Specific student and tweaked lesson plan questions are encouraged.

Session II: “Smash Book” Journals

Join NBAM/ArtWorks! educators Taylor Hickey and Devin ‘Nived Art’ McLaughlin as they lead you step-by-step through creating your own mixed media piano-hinge journals.This project is designed to meld the teaching styles of step by step instruction and open ended problem solving. Participants will be given all the tools to create the journal and freedom to think creatively and make a unique art piece.

This type of artful journaling captures ideas with writing, drawing, painting, or pasting memorabilia and other embellishments into your hand made book. You can use this book as a dream journal, scrapbook, poetry book, personal diary, sketch book, or lesson planner! The limit is your own imagination!

All materials will be included but please feel free to bring your own personal embellishments, clippings, or favorite art mediums to personalize your creation. Base paper stock size 9×12.

PD Survey – Deadline October 17

We want to hear from you to help determine what professional development offerings best support our members. Check your email for the survey link (  Complete the survey by October 17 and be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift card. 

If you aren’t on our mailing list, email from your school email and we will send you the link! 

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.