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Congratulations to the 2020 Art Educators of the Year

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

National Art Education Foundation Grants Program: Request for Proposals

National Art Education Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2020-2021 Grants Program

The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) is accepting applications for its annual grants program. As an independent, philanthropic organization, the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) supports a wide variety of professional activities, including support for visual art educators to participate in professional development programs; the promotion of visual arts education as an integral part of the curriculum; the exploration of new models of visual arts instruction in public and private K-16 schools; the promotion of the teaching of art through activities related to the instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, management, or discipline; the purchase of equipment and/or instructional resources; and conducting research in visual arts education. NAEF has supported 330 projects since its inception in 1985. NAEF is a sister organization to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and provides support for a variety of visual arts education programs for the Association and its members.

The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants, Mary McMullan Grants, NAEF Research Grants, SHIP Grants, and Teacher Incentive Grants. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,500 depending on the grant category.

The Foundation was established as an independent, sister organization to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to provide support for a variety of art education programs. Foundation grants are made only to NAEA members, including student and retired members, state/province associations, and recognized affiliates. In order to apply, individuals must have been an NAEA member as of October 1, 2018.

The project year for these grants is July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The postmarked deadline for submissions is October 1, 2019.

Click here to download the 2020-2021 NAEF Grant Guidelines.

Click here for more information about NAEF.

Call for Student Art: The Printed Image

MAEA is continuing our series of art education exhibitions in the second floor atrium/gallery space at the State Transportation Building in Boston. Middle school and high school art educators are invited to submit 10 pieces of student work. Work can be straight digital or film photographs, pieces that have been altered in some way, for example via digital manipulation, printmaking, AND 3D printed work (NEW). This exhibit opportunity is free for MAEA members. Non-members can participate by paying a $20 registration fee.

Registration is now open. See more details here.

Approved Arts Massachusetts Curriculum Framework

At the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting on June 25, 2019, Associate Commissioner Ron Noble, lead writer of the revised framework Craig Waterman, and Arts Content Support Lead Dawn Benski presented a summary of the revised framework, which resulted in approval.

Currently a copy editor is finalizing the official document, which will be posted on the DOE website when complete.  In the meantime, you can review the revised framework as submitted to the Board in late June for your planning purposes. MAEA has taken the proposed framework with tracked changes, and accepted them, creating this Word document. You will also find a PDF here.

If you have questions about the revised framework, please contact Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead, Center for Instructional Support
Phone: 781-338-3235

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.