Join the Board – Open Positions – Join a Committee

We are looking to fill the positions of National Art Honor Society Representative, Retired Representative, Preservice Division Director, Awards Committee Chair, Exhibitions Committee Chair, and Webmaster.
The MAEA Board of Directors holds monthly meetings online via Zoom which make it accessible for members across the state. Interested candidates should submit their resume or CV/letter of intent to secretary@massarted.comLearn more here.
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 awardsconference, youth art monthpublic relationsstudent recognitionsexhibitions, or professional development. Committees typically meet monthly via Zoom.

Welcome and Thank You!

The MAEA Board of Directors is excited to welcome our new board members and a number of returning board members. Thank you to everyone for your commitment to MAEA. View the entire Board of Directors .

Newly Re-elected Board Members
Helen Downey – Treasurer
Jaimee Taborda – Secretary

Newly Appointed Board Members
Jessica Howard – Youth Art Month Committee Co-Chair
Sohee Koo – Higher Education Division Director
Sarah Tomkins – Middle Level Division Director

Continuing Board Members
Melissa Mastrolia – President
Jacob Ginga – President-Elect
Laura Marotta – Past President
Billy Claire – Independent Schools Representative
Lydia Gruner – Special Needs Representative
Margaurita Spear – Early Childhood Representative & PD Committee Chair
Laura Evonne Steinman – Community Arts Representative
Alyssa Taranto – Media Arts Representative
Elizabeth Buck – Museum Education Division Director
Patty Klibansky – Supervision/Administration Division Director
Rebecca Kostich – Secondary Division Director
Katie McEwan – Elementary Division Director
Shannon Carey – Conference Committee Chair
Eleena Rioux – Youth Art Month Committee Co-Chair
Diana Adams Woodruff – Student Recognitions Committee Chair
Alice Gentili – Advocacy Liaison
Jane McKeag – Publications Editor

Special thanks to Kay Furst, who recently stepped down from her role as Higher Education Division Director. We wish her well and know she will continue to support the mission of MAEA!

Through Young Eyes – CCIAEA and Cape Cod Museum of Art YAM Exhibit

The Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cod & Islands Art Educators Association (CCIAEA) is presenting Through Young Eyes from February 11 – April 18. This annual exhibition features the work of Cape Cod students in grades K-12. The artwork of 50 students has been curated into this exhibition by art teachers from across the region. 10 teachers also have their work on display. Mediums include sculpture, painting, printmaking, collage, jewelry making, metal working, drawing, ceramics & multi-media art.

This exhibition raises awareness of Youth Art Month, organized by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, celebrating the value of art education and art participation for all children in Massachusetts during the month of March each year.

More information about the exhibit can be found on the Regional YAM Exhibit page. 

Featured image credit: Nevaeha Melton, “My Thoughts on 2020”, Falmouth High School 

WAM’s Teen Council – Opportunity for individuals aged 13-18

The Worcester Art Museum is happy to announce a new opportunity for teens at WAM! WAM is seeking individuals aged 13-18 who are passionate about arts and culture for our newly formed Teen Council.

WAM’s Teen Council will be comprised of individuals with a wide variety of skills, interests, experiences, and backgrounds; a shared passion for the artsand a dedication to community building.  This council will be a unique opportunity for up to twelve teens to help shape the Museum’s programming and offerings! Members of the council will be expected to attend a monthly meeting (in-person or remote), and be involved in at least one teen program at the Museum. Council Members are expected to serve a term of at least one year, with the Teen Council Year beginning in July and ending in June.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Buck ([email protected]worcesterart.org) or Aileen Novick ([email protected]worcesterart.org) or via teens@worcesterart.org

Youth Art Month: Statewide Virtual Exhibit Registration Now Open

March is Youth Art Month. There are many ways to participate in Youth Art Month 2021.

One way to join in on the Youth Art Month fun is by participating in the Statewide Youth Art Month Virtual exhibit! Join teachers from across the state as they celebrate the amazing work of their students.

All participating teachers for the Statewide Youth Art Month exhibit must register. Registration for the Statewide Youth Art Month Exhibit is free for MAEA members | Non-members pay $7.  Registration closes January 29, 2021.

Find more information and register for the Statewide Youth Art Month exhibit here.

DESE Share-a-thon – Jan 26 – Focus on Discourse Strategies in All Content Areas 

This is an opportunity for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to learn and share strategies, resources, and best practices for remote/hybrid instruction and learning with a particular focus on discourse strategies to help facilitate students engaging deeply with each other around content.

We will have the chance to experience discourse from a student perspective in the classrooms of two featured teachers from different content areas.  We will also have a chance to join with content-alike colleagues for a broader discussion of discourse strategies within our discipline.

We encourage you to come ready to share your resources and ideas for engaging students with discourse strategies!

January 26, 2021 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Register Here

Questions? Contact: Jenn Sauriol – Jennifer.L.Sauriol@mass.gov

3:00-4:00 Share-a-Thon: We will have the chance to experience discourse from a student perspective in the classrooms of two featured teachers from different content areas.  We will also have the chance to join with content-alike colleagues for a broader discussion of strategies within our discipline. We encourage you to come ready to share your resources and ideas for engaging students with discourse strategies!

4:00-4:30 Bonus Session: Our Educator Effectiveness team will highlight the adapted student feedback surveys that are aligned to the 2020-21 Focus Indicators (and now available in 5 additional languages) to help you elevate student voice in understanding teaching and learning this year, and facilitate a discussion among participants about other ways they are soliciting input from students on their learning environments.

Free Admission to the MFA & Distance Learning

Free Admission to the MFA

The MFA is grateful for all that educators do — especially this year! — to engage and support their students. We are excited to share a new promo code for K-12 educators in New England that grants free general admission to the MFA! Go to https://www.mfa.org/tickets to reserve your tickets. Select a date, select general admission or add a special exhibition $5, and once on the new page you can enter your promo code on the upper right. ​Please be sure to only share this code with your K-12 colleagues!​

MFA Distance Learning

Connect students to art and the MFA through free 30-minute live interactive programs for students on topics including Ancient Egypt,  Monet, and the exhibition “Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.”​

MAEA Recognitions Exhibit Logo

2021 MAEA Recognitions Exhibit Now Accepting Submissions

Registration for the 2021 Online Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists (MAEA) Recognitions Juried Exhibit is now LIVE! Each teacher can submit up to 5 student entries (1 entry per student) on ArtCall. The submission deadline is Friday, January 15, 2021. Visit the MAEA Recognitions exhibit page for everything you need to know.

More about the exhibit: Piloted in 2018, the Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artist Recognition Exhibit is a juried show for students of Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) members in grades 9-12.  This exhibition has been very successful with participation growing annually.  Student entries are submitted digitally and judged by a panel of art educators. Selected works were exhibited at the State Transportation Building in Boston.

MAEA News – Fall/Winter 2020 Edition Out Now!

The 2020 fall/winter edition of the MAEA News is out now. In this issue you’ll find the President’s Message from Melissa Mastrolia, as well as articles and updates from Editor Jane McKeag, Patty Klibansky, Lydia Gruner, John Nordell, and Caroline Woodard. Check it out today.

A huge thanks to everyone who submitted articles/updates to this edition of the MAEA News.

Articles and submissions for the next edition of the MAEA News are due February 5, 2021. Learn more about submitting an article.

Upcoming Opportunities – MFA Educator Workshop & DESE Share-a-thon

EDUCATOR WORKSHOP FROM THE MFA – November 4
Writing the Future: A Closer Look
Join Liz Munsell, Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art, on Wednesday, November 4, for the first in a free series of educator workshops connecting teachers with interactive explorations and facilitated discussions on  “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.” Munsell will contextualize the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in relation to hip hop and the work of his peers, including Rammellzee, Fab 5 Freddy, ​Lady Pink, and Lee Quiñones. 
Teaching with the MFA Collection – Let Us Help You Find Art
Describe your topic or unit of instruction and an experienced volunteer MFA educator will reply with suggestions of works of art and resources for your lessons.​

Share-a-thon – Focus on Feedback Strategies – November 17 and 19

Similar to the DESE share-a-thons in September, this is an opportunity for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to learn and share strategies, resources, and best practices for remote/hybrid instruction with a particular focus on student feedback strategies.

Facilitators will start by taking a glimpse into the classrooms of two featured teachers in different content areas.  This will be followed by a chance to break out and discuss those ideas shared and more. Finally, everyone will have a chance to join with content-alike colleagues for a broader discussion of feedback strategies within our disciplines.

You are encouraged to come ready to share your resources and strategies for giving student feedback!

REGISTER HERE – Please register by Monday, November 16.

Questions?
Contact: Jenn Sauriol – Jennifer.L.Sauriol@mass.gov