We regret to inform the MAEA membership and broader Massachusetts art educator community that unfortunately MAEA will not be able to hold our annual conference this year.
The Conference Committee Chair position has been unfilled since January 2023. We are lacking the people power and actually need more members in many positions, besides Conference Committee Chair. As those of you that have supported and attended past conferences know, it takes many volunteers to facilitate a successful annual conference. We suspect this may be a continued consequence of the pandemic and the resulting strain on educators’ schedules.
The MAEA Board of Directors has been discussing ways to make this work more manageable over the last few board meetings and are going to continue this conversation in Conference Committee meetings. While we are still without a Conference Committee Chair, this discussion is being led by our President and President-Elect.
We would love for input from members like you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with Maureen Creegan-Quinquis and Cari DiCicco to be included in future meetings, and if you are interested in stepping into the role of Conference Committee Chair, you can do so by submitting a resume or CV and a letter or email of intent to email@example.com. More information about all of our open board positions can be found here.
We are happy to share that we still have many of our usual events and exhibits including Youth Art Month, the Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists Recognitions Exhibit, various professional development opportunities, and more. If you have enjoyed and benefited from MAEA programming in the past, please consider joining the Board or volunteering on a committee. Information on all of the various opportunities can be found here.