The Arts|Learning Distinguished Arts Educator Advocate Award recognizes arts educators in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts who demonstrate leadership and excellence in teaching and the development of model arts programs and partnerships. These outstanding educators use the arts and cultural resources to support opportunities for multicultural learning and interdisciplinary planning, and to further the role of the arts in education.
LYNN S. FELDMAN DISTINGUISHED VISUAL ART EDUCATOR ADVOCATE
The Feldman Award is being given to two educators this year. The second art educator we are celebrating is Alexandra Gelles Etscovitz.
Alexandra loves being an art teacher. Alexandra has been teaching visual art for 18 years at Memorial Spaulding Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts. Her passion for allowing children to express themselves, interpret, reflect and understand the world around them through creative expression has driven her to both teach art and act as an arts integration champion for all content areas and best practices. Alexandra instructs visual art in Needham with her after-school business
Art4YourChild, along with being an adjunct professor at her alma mater Brandeis University, teaching creativity in the masters of education program for classroom teachers. Alexandra was named the Massachusetts Elementary Art Educator of Year in 2019.
Alexandra appreciates teaching children during such a formative time in life, where possibilities are endless. Her goal is to infuse art and creativity in every area of learning and growth. Her experience with children has led her to a strong core philosophy that the world needs creativity as a means to understand the ever-changing world around us. The studio habits of the arts allow children to grow into thinkers, creators and changemakers that the world needs. With this knowledge, Alexandra hopes to cultivate a love for the arts with all students for a deeper connection to themselves, their community and the world.
SAVE THE DATE!
The 34th Annual Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards Celebration will be held on November 17th at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
This year’s event will be live AND livestreamed! Stay tuned for more information about this event.
MAEA is happy to share that we are partnering with the Wisconsin Art Education Association to provide MAEA members with a fall virtual conference opportunity. 20/20 Vision will be hosted online on October 24, 2020 with a mix of both live events and pre-recorded sessions. All live sessions will also be recorded and added to the library of sessions and you will have access to those sessions until December 31, 2020 so you will be able to view sessions at your own pace. Featured Massachusetts presenters include Sandy Coleman, Lauren Gould, Lydia Gruner, Chris Hall, Diane Jaquith, Kristi Oliver, and Margaurita Spear, and Emily & Robb Sandagata. Learn more and register for this opportunity here.
MAEA members are also invited to participate in the virtual exhibit. Visit the conference page here for more information and to register. Registration for the exhibit opportunity closes September 27.
With many art educators across the state planning for distance learning or online learning through April 6 the MAEA Board of Directors wanted to share a collection of resources we’ve put together ourselves or have seen shared online. Click here to view resources.
Each school and/or district is approaching this differently, so please check with your appropriate administrator before implementing any of these resources.
If you have additional items to add to this resource list, please feel free to email email@example.com with additional materials.
It is with great pride that we announce the 2020 MAEA Art Educators of the Year. If you would like to honor a colleague please consider nominating them when our nominations open up later this year in November! Learn more.
MAEA Lifetime Achievement Award –
Timothy O’Connor – New England Art Education Conference, Boston
Art Educator of the Year –
Lizzie Fortin – Worcester Public Schools
Elementary Art Educator of the Year –
Jacob Ginga – Weston Public Schools
Middle Level Art Educator of the Year –
Jonathan Hansen – Mendon-Upton Regional School District
Secondary Art Educator of the Year –
Amanda Davis – Hull Public Schools
Higher Education Art Educator of the Year –
Lora Barrett – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Museum Art Educator of the Year –
Julie Bernson – deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln
Early Childhood Art Educator of the Year –
Mary Geisser – Bunker Hill Community College, Boston
Exceptional New Art Educator of the Year –
Callie Mulcahy – Worcester Public Schools
Distinguished Service Within the Profession –
Robb Sandagata – Davis Publications, Worcester
Distinguished Service Outside the Profession –
Marc Mastrolia – Ride Studio Cafe, Lexington
In mid-June, Our Climate’s youth leaders will be constructing a huge mosaic of a Right Whale on the Boston Common to show our support for strong, effective Massachusetts climate policy. The mosaic will be made out of 12”x12” tiles, preferably from recycled cardboard, but foam board, poster board, etc. all work as well, decorated with a response to the prompt: “What to we stand to lose to climate change?” People are encouraged to write their name, age and representatives on the other side, and have the option to write to their representative responding to the prompt “What climate solutions make you feel hopeful?”
Making art related to climate change is a great way to get youth involved in the environmental movement, especially because their futures are most directly affected. Want to get involved? Host a tile-making party! Deliver completed tiles to an Our Climate Fellow or staff, or send them to:
Our Climate, attn: Eben Bein
5 Glenn Terrace
Cambridge, MA 02139
Check out the Facebook event for regular updates and information about the event! For more information on the event and tile-making, click this link.
Have questions or need help with anything? Email Our Climate’s New England Coordinator Eben Bein at firstname.lastname@example.org