Inclusion and Anti-Racism Consultant for MFA Learning Programs

Join a small team of K-12 educators who serve as MFA Art Finders Consultants for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Learning Programs. Support the centering of students and the use of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access frameworks by (1) advising on the creation of MFA Art Finders digital resources and (2) facilitating on-going trainings connected to inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-bias for volunteer tour guides of school and college groups. 3-5 hours per week, primarily remote, $60 – $100/hour.

Applicants are welcome from all grade levels, disciplines, and roles. As we amplify our efforts toward becoming a truly inclusive institution, ensuring that diversity, equity, and access are lived values, the MFA actively encourages educators from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in museums to apply.

For additional details about the role, watch the recorded information session with the existing team of MFA Art Finders Consultants and view the information session slides.

Applications due Monday, November 21, 5 pm. Learn more and apply

2024 Youth Art Month Flag Contest – Check out this opportunity


This year’s this theme for YAM and the Flag Contest this year is “DREAM IN ART”

  • The flag contest is open to all students in grades K-12.
  • Each teacher may submit up to 20 student entries.
  • Grand Prize of $200 art supply gift card for winning student. PLUS $100 art supply gift card for your classroom. And to top it off, the grand prize work will be displayed at NAEA’s national convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
  • In addition, $100 art supply gift cards will be awarded to one student winner in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. PLUS an additional $100 art supply gift card for the winning students’ classrooms.
  • Digital entries will be accepted December 4, 2023 – January 12, 2024.
  • Click here for the Youth Art Month Flag Contest Submission Form.
    Please note you must be signed into a Google Account to access this form due to the file upload settings. If you have trouble submitting the form at school please try at home. Your school/districts internet settings may see this form as an issue. If you try it at home and you still have trouble submitting this form, please reach out to for assistance.

Read more about the submission requirements here. 

Are you seeking to connect with others like you in your new arts teaching career?

Then great news! You can now join a community of peers and receive support in this FREE opportunity!

Through a contract from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Arts|Learning is connecting up to 80 arts teachers across Massachusetts who identify as novice-level in their careers with ten experienced arts-education mentors for this professional development opportunity. Eligible educators include: Music, theatre, dance, visual arts, media arts educators; Other subject-area educators who teach at least one arts-based course (e.g. ELA teacher with a theatre class).

New arts educators from across Massachusetts will have the opportunity to advance their skills in curriculum and instruction and receive support for the specific challenges visual and performing arts teachers face. This is a DESE-approved, free induction and mentoring program, and fulfills 25 hours of new teacher induction and mentoring program requirements as found in DESE’s 2015 Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring Programs

Call For Mentees

Enroll now!
Please fill out the Mentee Registration Form.
For additional information, Please click here.

Arts|Learning invites all arts educators who identify as novice-level in their careers to join a free community of peers and mentors to support high-quality arts programming and strengthen their impact through reflective practice. Learn more here.

Seeking Art Teacher Facilitators for Hands-on Artmaking Workshops

The MAEA Professional Development Committee is currently seeking art teacher facilitators to lead online hands-on artmaking workshops for Spring 2024 (January – June). These 2-hour workshops are offered once to twice a month, typically one weeknight and one Saturday of the same workshop. Facilitators receive an honorarium of $60 per workshop. See the example list of topics from last spring below.

Spring 2023 Hands-On Workshop Topics:

  • Unbound Bookmaking
  • Sculpting with Model Magic
  • Dimensional Needle Felting
  • GelliArts Workshop: Explore Mono-printing with a Gelatin Plate
  • Whimsical Animal Weaving
  • Art Journals & Urban Sketching

If you are interested please email our PD Committee Chair, Margaurita Spear, at Remember, we are only as amazing as our members and we rely on your support to offer these programs.

2019 Art Educators of the Year

Join the Awards Committee!

Our interim Awards Committee Chair, Melissa Mastrolia is looking to meet later this month and in November to discuss plans for the 2024 MAEA awards ceremony.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please complete this Doodle Poll to note your availability by October 12, 2023.  You an also email her directly at with any questions or comments.

Details about the 2024 award winners will be shared out very soon! Our apologies for the delay.

Looking for other ways to support the work of MAEA. Learn more here.

Dream in Art – 2024 YAM Flag Contest Announced – Join the Excitement

Each year your association hosts a statewide flag contest open to all student artists in Massachusetts.  Every visual arts educator in the state is invited to submit no more than ten flags for the contest. “Flags” are essentially posters created on paper and don’t require any special equipment or supplies. The statewide winning composition IS printed on a fabric flag by the MAEA Youth Art Month committee.

There are four categories (k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) with generous prizes for winning artists AND their teachers in each category.  Plus the Grand Prize winning flag is sent to represent Massachusetts at the National NAEA convention! What an honor for a young artist to have their work displayed in a national capacity to represent their state!

I know the idea of adding “one more thing” to an art teacher’s already packed schedule and curriculum can feel impossible, but I have some tips and tricks to make participating quite doable and well worthwhile. 

First, I decided to make participation in the contest a requirement for one grade level only. Students in all grades were encouraged to participate as time allowed, or they could create a flag at home if they didn’t have enough class time.  

I found the flag contest the perfect jumping off point to teach about the work of graphic designers. In our highly visual environment, it is essential young people learn to recognize the influence of graphic media on the feelings they elicit and the choices we make.

We worked as a class to examine a variety of print and digital media paying attention to the font, images, colors and even symbols. It was exciting to see the light bulbs come on as young artists began to recognize some of the subtle messaging presented. This was followed by having small groups work together to identify an example of graphic design and share ideas about the target audience, the intended message, and how that was communicated with images and text.

The following class period I introduced the flag contest and the criteria for entry. With a quick Google search, we looked at several previous winning flags.  Students were asked to look at the flag and see if they could deduce what the theme or message was the year the flag was created. 

Finally it was time to start brainstorming ways one might represent the theme from last year’s contest- Art Connects Us.  I was impressed with the ideas students shared including, puzzle pieces, bridges, plant roots, gears, hands, etc. We also included a google search for reference visuals of symbols and images showing connection. Students then went on to generate several ideas and select one to develop further into a draft on the flag size “rough draft” paper.  When artists were satisfied with their idea and had checked spelling, they moved on to Final Flag paper. I used 90# drawing paper.

I chose to leave the media options open to anything that particular grade level had experience working with. This was a great option for my students as they didn’t require much support around the technical skills of using media and student motivation was increased with the media choices available.

Being able to submit the flags digitally was another bonus. No trip to the post office for me! And I was able to use the physical flags around the school to promote our program and the importance of Visual Arts education.  

I hope this article is helpful and that you too will participate in the 2024 Youth Art Month Flag Contest- Dream in Art. For planning purposes, digital entries will be accepted now through January 12, 2024 via this link.

Amy Hussey, K-5 Visual Arts Teacher, Reading, MA
MAEA Youth Art Month Co-chair

Every Leader is an Artist

Seeking Nominations for Executive Committee Positions

The next term for the MAEA Executive Committee position of President-elect will be open starting January 1, 2024. This position is a two year term, that transitions into the role of President, and Past President, which are also two year terms. For more information regarding the position of President-Elect, President, and Past President, please visit the MAEA website here.

We are also looking to fill the Executive Committee position of Secretary for a partial term starting ASAP through December 31, 2024. For more information regarding the position of Secretary, please visit the MAEA website here.

Please submit a letter of intent, resume/CV, short biography (250 word), and head shot for the election to by October 15 for the role of President-elect. For the role of Secretary, please submit the same items as soon as you are able to, as this role is currently open and we’d love to get someone in this position ASAP.

Questions? Please contact Maureen Creegan-Quinquis at

Join the Board!

The MAEA board is filled by MAEA members just like you. Consider giving back to your state association in the role of an official board position. The following appointed board positions are open for two-year appointments that start January 1, 2024.
  • Early Childhood Representative – No Incumbent
  • Independent Schools Representative
  • National Art Honor Society Representative
  • Retired Representative
  • Special Needs Representative
  • Community Arts Representative – No Incumbent
  • Media Arts Representative – No Incumbent
  • Exhibitions Committee Chair – No Incumbent
  • Student Recognition Committee Chair – No Incumbent
  • Youth Art Month Committee Chair
  • Advocacy Liaison – Non Voting – No Incumbent
  • Publications Editor – Non Voting – No Incumbent

Interested members as well as eligible incumbents are encouraged to apply. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and an updated resume/CV via email to no later than November 1, 2023.

For additional information about responsibilities and descriptions please refer to the MAEA website. The MAEA Executive Committee will meet to review the materials and notify all parties by mid December.

We have a number of positions open for partial terms, now through December 31, 2024. Please apply for these roles at any time, as we will be filling them on a rolling basis, as the terms for these roles have already started.  Please submit a letter of intent and an updated resume/CV via email to

  • Secretary – Elected Position
  • Elementary Division Director
  • Secondary Division Director
  • Higher Education Division Director
  • Supervision/Administration Division Director
  • Conference Committee Chair
  • Awards Committee Chair
  • Webmaster – Non Voting

Join the Board

The MAEA board is filled by MAEA members just like you. Consider giving back to your state association in the role of an official board position. The following appointed board positions are open for a two-year appointment starting ASAP.
  • Secretary
  • ED&I Director-Elect (4 year appointment)
  • Elementary Division Director
  • Secondary Division Director
  • Higher Education Division Director
  • Supervision/Administration Division Director
  • Conference Committee Chair
  • Awards Committee Chair
  • Webmaster (non-voting)

We have a number of positions open for a partial term:

  • Community Arts Representative Now – Dec 31, 2023
  • Exhibitions Committee Chair Now – Dec 31, 2023
  • Publications Editor Now – Dec 31, 2023
Interested members as well as eligible incumbents are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit a letter of intent and an updated resume/CV via email to