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MAEA is sponsoring a juried art exhibit for high school students, grades 9 – 12, open to MAEA members only. Entries reflect original artwork from students in public and private schools. The exhibition will coincide with the Youth Art Month exhibit at the Massachusetts Transportation Building with an awards ceremony on March 1, 2020. To learn more and register your students for the Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists High School Recognition Exhibit click here.

NAHS @ Montserrat College of Art – Reception This Saturday

Thank you to all the NAHS chapter sponsors who prepped work and have dropped it off or mailed it in for the NAHS exhibit Open Perspectives in conjunction with the MAEA conference New Perspectives in Art Education at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly.

If you plan to attend the exhibit reception on November 9 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, please RSVP today. The exhibit and reception will be held in the 2nd Floor of the Hardie Building, 23 Essex Street, Beverly MA 01915.

MAEA Conference attendees do not have to register with the link above, but instead just select the NAHS exhibit reception as a session in the conference schedule.

This exhibit includes student artists from Andover High School, Beverly High School, Braintree High School, Falmouth High School, Fairhaven High School, Franklin High School, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Lowell Catholic High School, Manchester Essex Regional HS, Marblehead High School, Needham High School, Revere High School, Shepherd Hill Regional High School, Somerville High School.

DESE Arts Ambassadors Teams Announced

We are excited to share that many of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Arts Education Ambassadors are Visual Arts Educators and MAEA Members! Congratulations to Visual Art Educators Louis Martinez, Peter Curran, Alice Gentili, Andrew Dexter, Timmary Leary, and Steve Aldeus. Congratulations are also in order to these dedicated Arts Educators who are also on the Ambassador Teams – Lisa Leach, Natalie Sowell, Christy Whittlesey, Linda Rae Krov, Natalie Bruno, Blake Siskavich, and Kim Taylor Knight.

Thank you for your dedication to this work!

Join the Board

The following MAEA Board positions are currently open for a two-year appointment, January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021. Interested members, as well as eligible incumbents, are encouraged to apply.

Voting Positions:

Early Childhood Representative
Independent Schools Representative
National Art Honor Society Representative
Retired Representative
Special Needs Representative

Non-voting Positions:

Publications Editor

We also have additional positions open for a partial term including Secondary Division Director, Museum Education Division Director, Supervision/Administration Division Director, and Awards Committee Chair.

To apply for any of the above positions please submit a letter of intent and a resume/CV via email to secretary@massarted.com no later than November 1, 2019. The Executive Committee will meet to review the materials and notify all parties later in November.

Interested in becoming more involved, but aren’t ready to take the plunge into an official board position? Consider joining one of our active committees like awardsyouth art monthpublic relationsstudent recognitions, or exhibitions.

For additional information about responsibilities and descriptions please refer to the MAEA Bylaws, Article III: Directors and Representatives.

Questions? Please contact Laura Marotta at president@massarted.com.

Youth Art Month Statewide Exhibit

Make sure you are a part of our 2020 statewide Youth Art Month exhibit, where we will honor Massachusetts artists in grades k-12 and celebrate quality art education at the State Transportation Building in Boston.

Important Dates

Registration Open – Nov 13 – Dec 20, 2019
Exhibit Open – Feb 10 – Mar 26, 2020

Don’t forget you can also celebrate Youth Art Month in your school, with your district, and at a regional exhibit near you. Start your YAM planning for a school or district event with this quick start guide from the Council for Art Education.

If you’d like to get involved and help with planning the statewide YAM exhibit please email Eleena Rioux at youthartmonth@massarted.com.

Youth Art Month Flag Contest

Another way to participate in Youth Art Month is the 2020 Youth Art Month Flag Contest sponsored by Sargent Art.

This contest is open to students of MAEA members, grade k-12. Digital entries will be accepted November 13 – December 20, 2019.

Prizes include $250 in Sargent Art supplies for one overall winner and $500 in supplies for the art teacher, as well as $100 in Sargent Art supplies each for one elementary, middle and high school student and $300 in supplies for their art teachers. More information coming soon.


2020 MAEA Recognitions Exhibit

Secondary art educators, we invite you to participate in the third year of this exciting opportunity for high school art students.

This juried exhibit is open to students in grades 9-12. Participants must be students of an MAEA member.

Each teacher may submit up to 5 pieces of student artwork, with a limit of one entry per student and a $5 fee per entry.

Digital submissions will open be open November 13 – December 6, 2019.

More information coming soon. Click here to see a gallery of the 2019 award winners.

If you’d like to get involved and help with planning the 2020 MAEA Recognitions Exhibit please email Diana Woodruff at [email protected]com.


Every Leader is an Artist

Seeking Nominations for Executive Committee Positions

The following MAEA Executive Committee positions are currently open for a two-year appointment:


Please submit a letter of intent, resume/CV, short biography (250 word), and head shot for the election to secretary@massarted.com by October 15.

For more information regarding the position of President-Elect, which transitions into the positions of President and Past President, please visit the MAEA website.

Questions? Please contact Laura Marotta at president@massarted.com.

MAEA Members Exhibit @ Montserrat College of Art

The MAEA Conference Committee is happy to announce that there will be a Members exhibit in conjunction with the MAEA Conference New Perspectives in Art Education next month! Active and retired MAEA Members are invited to submit their 2D artwork and small 3D work for the annual MAEA Members exhibit Continued Perspectives, at Montserrat College of Art.

The registration deadline is Friday November 1 – please note drop-off dates start before registration closes. If you register on November 1 you should plan to deliver work directly to Montserrat College of Art sometime the following week, or mail it in to be delivered by Wednesday November 6. Learn more and register for this exhibit today.

Join us and Celebrate Arts Matter Day on October 25

On #ArtsMatterDay October 25 the creative community will flood social media with images and videos celebrating why arts matter in Massachusetts. Join MAEA and MassCreative and sign up to say that you’re joining our online day of celebration.

MassCreative will list you as a partner on their website and invite you to:

  • Share that you’re celebrating #ArtsMatterDay and invite others to join on social media.
  • Celebrate #ArtsMatterDay on October 25 by posting pictures and videos and using #ArtsMatter to highlight your organization’s events and programs.

In preparation for Arts Matter Day check out the Tool Kit, which includes sample social media posts, graphics to share on your social media, as well as tips for making an Arts Matter Day video. Learn more here.