Now Accepting Conference Session Proposals

The 2022 MAEA Conference will be hosted in Worcester, MA

We are looking for a variety of sessions for our 1 day conference held in Worcester, MA on November 13, 2022. Please consider submitting a proposal for a Best Practice Lecture, Demonstration, Research Lecture, Interactive Discussion, Studio Workshop, or other type of session offering not listed here. All presenters selected to present at the 2022 MAEA conference will receive complimentary tickets to attend the conference. We encourage new presenters! More presenter information can be found on the session proposal form, linked here.

  • Best Practice Lecture – Presentation of exemplary lessons, instructional practices, programs, and/or initiatives followed by Q&A.
  • Demonstration – Presenter demonstration of an artistic technique, arts-based method, or pedagogical approach.
  • Research Lecture – Presentation of academic papers and/or discussion of research.
  • Interactive Discussion – Participatory discussion about art education issues/topics among presenter and attendees.
  • Studio Workshop – Studio art-making session. This could be asynchronous or synchronous.

The deadline for session proposals is July 31, 2022. Submit your proposal today.


2022 – 2023 MAEA Goals

The MAEA Board of Directors recently updated our goals for 2022-2023.  Read more about them below and learn how to get involved!

MAEA Goals – January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023

  • Increase membership with specific emphasis on the Cape/Islands & Central/Western Massachusetts and specific special interest groups (community arts, preservice educators, early childhood, etc.). (Board)
  • Develop new PD offerings to help increase enrollments in PD and work to build partnerships for community sites for face to face PD. (PD & Board)
  • Provide membership ways to connect with one another (Board, Conference & PR Committees)
  • Implement the prioritized ED&I Task Force recommendations (ED&I Committee, Board)
  • Complete Policy Manual draft by February 2023 (ECommittee & Board)
    • Create/review policy manuals for all committees and finance.
    • Review MAEA documents to ensure we have a conflict of interest policy; document retention and destruction policy; whistle blower policy.
    • Review Finance policies to confirm we have checks and balances.
    • Create process for onboarding new board members with a mentorship period where the outgoing board member would be able to support. Including video tutorials for certain logistics.
    • Review and possibly revise terms for board positions to provide opportunity for overlap.
  • Develop at least one MAEA sponsored scholarship/grant opportunity (ECommittee, Board).
  • Consider new board positions, which may include regional reps, social media manager, PR committee chair (ECommittee, Board)

Approved by the MAEA Board of Directors April 2022


Call for Designer

The MAEA Conference Committee is looking for a designer to create a design for the 2022 MAEA Conference. This design will be used on social media marketing, the conference website, and may additionally used on swag. We invite student designers, art educators, and professional designers to submit a portfolio example of 3-5 designs for consideration.

Call for Artist Deadline: June 1, 2022
The selected designer will be notified by June 8 and the design deadline is July 11, 2022.
Stipend: $500

Learn more and submit your information for consideration here.

Summer Professional Development

MAEA is happy to share we will be offering two different summer professional development offerings this July and August.

The 2022 Wicked BooksmART book group will be reading: Art Making, Play, and Meaning Making by Sydney Walker. The book group will meet Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. from July 13 – August 17. More information and the link to register can be found here. 

We are also offering Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) for Arts Educators July 19-21 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day. More information and the link the register can be found here. 

The Virtual MAEA Recognitions Exhibit is Live!

Congratulations to all of the artists with work in the exhibit! Please also take a moment to check out the 27 award winners on the MAEA website. 

Thank you to all of the educators who worked hard to make this virtual exhibit happen and to our sponsors, Davis Publications and Sargent Art.

MAEA Recognitions Committee 
Helen Downey, Former K-12 Curriculum Coordinator, Marlborough Public Schools; MAEA Treasurer
Laura Howick, Director of Education, Fitchburg Art Museum
Anne Kress, Retired Art Educator, Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools
Kathleen Flynn, Waltham High School
Brenna Johnson, Franklin High School
Rebecca Kostich, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School
Constance Moore, Winthrop High School
Diana Adams Woodruff, Former Visual Arts Director K-12, Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools; Recognitions Committee Chair
MAEA Recognitions Jury Panel:
Dr. Ralph Caouette: Adjunct Instructor, Fitchburg State University, NAEA 2021 MacArthur Goodwin Award for Distinguished Service Within the Profession
Anne Kress: Artist, Art Educator, Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools (Ret.)
Timothy O’Connor: Arts Administrator Scholastics /New England Art Conference Director (Ret.)
Dr. Kristi Oliver, Professional Development Manager, Davis Publications
Ann Holt PhD: Art & Design Educator, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute School of Art, Adjunct Instructor, Adelphi University, Advisor and Artist Teacher, Arts Action Group,



The MAEA Executive Committee is excited to appoint the following MAEA members to the MAEA Board of Directors. MAEA terms run January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023 unless otherwise noted.

  • Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas | ED&I Director-Elect
  • Rebecca Kostich | NAHS Representative 
  • Margaurita Spear | Early Childhood Representative
  • Billy Claire | Independent Schools Representative
  • Laura Evonne Steinman | Special Needs Representative
  • Alyssa Taranto | Media Arts Representative
  • Lydia Gruner | Conference Committee Chair, term ends December 31, 2022
  • Diana Adams Woodruff | Student Recognition Committee Chair
  • Amy Hussey & Helen Downey | Youth Art Month Co-Committee Chairs

Currently open positions include: President-Elect, Retired Representative, Community Arts Representative, Exhibitions Committee Chair, Awards Committee Chair, Advocacy Liaison, Webmaster, Publications Editor, Secondary Division Director. Click here for more information as well as how to apply for any open position.

Support MAEA by buying some MAEA merch

We are happy to share we have new merch available in conjunction with the 2021 MAEA Conference. Check out the QRSTs storefront to purchase your own 2021 Renew.Rebirth.Reinvigorate t-shirt or sweatshirt, or a newly redesigned WickedsmART t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Arts Learning 34th Annual Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards

The 34th Annual Arts Learning Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards are a little more than 3 weeks away. This year’s event will be live AND Live-streamed!

Arts educators and advocates being celebrated are Diana Adams Woodruff, Senator Harriette L. Chandler, Lisa Donovan, Representative Carole Fiola, Alexandra Gelles Etscovitz, Julie Jaron, and Emily Ruddock.

Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards Ceremony will take place November 17 at Old Sturbridge Village Visitors Center Theatre.


Proof of vaccinations required.
Masks must be worn indoors.

6:30 p.m. – Reception for guests and honorees
7:30 p.m. – Ceremony

For 34 years we have recognized arts educators, administrators and policy makers who advocate for and support arts education in our Commonwealth.

Fall/Winter MAEA News

In this issue you’ll find the President’s Message from Melissa Mastrolia, as well as articles and updates from Editor Jane McKeag, Billy Claire, Lydia Gruner, Maura Jereb, Emily Moran, Margaurita Spear, and Emily Valenza.
Thank you to everyone who submitted articles and updates for this edition of the publication!
Learn more about submitting on our website or email Jane McKeag at if you have any questions or would like her to walk you through the process.