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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.

Join the Board – Open Positions – Join a Committee

We are looking to fill the positions of Secondary Division Director, Museum Education Division Director, Supervision/Administration Division Director and Early Childhood Representative.
The MAEA Board of Directors holds monthly hybrid meetings in person and online via Zoom, a video conference service, 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, a video conferencing service.

Middle and High School Exhibit Opportunity – Save the Date

Middle Level and Secondary art educators please put work aside for our fall exhibit The Printed Image. Art educators are invited to submit 10 pieces of student work. Work submitted can be straight digital or film photographs, pieces that have been altered in some way, for example via digital manipulation, or printmaking.
September 29 – November 15, 2019
Install: September 28
Submission Deadline: September 21; mail in received by September 25
Take-Down: November 16

Art Educators of Massachusetts Juried Exhibit Closing Reception

MAEA is continuing our ongoing series of art education exhibits in the second floor atrium gallery space at the State Transportation Building in Boston with an exhibit of art educators work. This annual juried exhibit features work by active and retired art educators working in Massachusetts. View the Web Gallery here.


Exhibit Open: June 10 – September 13, 2019
Closing Reception: September 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

See more information about this event here.

Fall Course/PDP Offering – Tufts University

Kay Furst, Tuesdays 5:30–8:30 p.m. School of the Museum of Fine Arts
This is a graduate level course that provides an overview of visual art methods and materials that are appropriate for art students in grades PK-8. The focus of this course is to provide you with hands-on opportunities to explore and become familiar with a wide range of materials and to evaluate the properties of these materials to expand upon new lesson possibilities. This course will also require a re-look at the artistic, emotional,
cognitive and social development of young students in the PK-8 age group through readings and discussions. Learn more.
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Save the Date – Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists Recognitions Exhibit

Digital submission for the 2020 juried MAEA Recognitions exhibit will be open November 11 – December 6, 2019. Watch for complete information on submitting your student work for this juried show at the end of August.
  • Open to grade 9-12 art students of MAEA members only
  • Limit 5 entries per teacher – 1 entry per student
  • Artwork by individual student – No collaborative work
  • Digital Submission – Image of artwork accompanied by an artist statement
  • Blind jury process

New Issue Out Now – The MAEA News

Check out the most recent edition of the MAEA News, out now!

The spring/summer edition of the MAEA News includes the President’s Message from Laura Marotta, as well as articles about A Local Student Art Exhibit at the Boston Easy Community Art Gallery by Coni Moore, A Look from Inside a Private Special Needs Program by Lydia Gruner, Incorporating Social and Emotional Understanding in the Art Classroom by Kay Furst, Art Education and the Rebirth of a Community by Laura Marotta, and much more. Check it out today.