Upcoming Exhibit Opportunities

MAEA is excited to share that there are a number of exhibit opportunities for art educators. The Davis Art Gallery in Worcester and Montserrat Galleries in Beverly have updated their call for entry, and NAEAs Member Exhibit has gone virtual. Please check the exhibit opportunities page on the MAEA website for all the details.

If you know of an exhibit opportunity for art educators please share this opportunity with webmaster@massarted.com to post.

MassCue Virtual Cueup

MAEA President Melissa Mastrolia and METG HS Division President Alicia Greenwood will be hosting a CUEup this coming Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 pm. A huge thanks to MassCue for putting these virtual gatherings together and for the invitation.

MassCUE stands by its community during this unprecedented time – one that none of us has ever faced before.  Our first initiative is to offer online CUEups in place of our usual face-to face CUEups to gather people together to discuss your needs and how MassCUE can help.


Hosts: Alicia Greenwood, President, Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild High School Division & Melissa Mastrolia, President, Massachusetts Art Education Association

Join by phone ‪+1 478-974-6118 PIN: ‪320 499 849#

DESE Webinars: Supporting Remote Learning in Arts

The Center for Instructional Support is providing content-specific support to assist teachers, coaches and instructional leaders with implementation of remote learning building upon the Department’s remote learning guidance issued on 4/24/2020. We will focus on the prerequisite content standards and share best practices. These webinars will be recorded live and posted on the DESE website for you to access as needed. See below for a list of the available webinars and their dates.

Supporting Remote Learning in Arts:

Elementary Arts

Meeting ID: 216 241 7563

Phone: 1-646-558-8656


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead


Supporting Remote Learning in Arts:

Secondary Arts

Meeting ID: 216 241 7563

Phone: 1-646-558-8656


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead


Supporting Remote Learning in Arts:

Elementary Arts

Meeting ID: 216 241 7563

Phone: 1-646-558-8656


2 PM – 3PM

Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead


Supporting Remote Learning in Arts:

Secondary Arts

Meeting ID: 216 241 7563

Phone: 1-646-558-8656


1 PM -2 PM

Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead

MAEA News – Conference Edition Out Now

The conference 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, Peter Dunn, Kate Egnaczak, Kay Furst, Jacob Ginga, Lydia Gruner, Heidi Hurley, Patty Klibansky, John Nordell, Christine O’Donnell, Amy Sallen, Maureen Senn McNally, Margaurita Spear, and Laura Evonne Steinman. Check it out today.

Articles and submissions for the summer edition of the MAEA News are due June 26. Learn more about submitting an article.

Remote Learning Resources

As many of us continue our remote learning plans for the rest of the year, you may find resources MAEA has organized useful. Click here to view resources.

Here you will find resources for teaching, but also resources for online professional development, including free weekly webinars from Davis Publications.

If you have additional items to add to this resource list, please email MAEA webmaster Brittany Martinez at webmaster@massarted.com.

Call for Award Nominations – Deadline Extended to May 15

Here is your chance to celebrate your outstanding colleagues and nominate them for the 2021 MAEA Art Educator Awards. MAEA will honor the award recipients in conjunction with the 2020 MAEA Conference – exact event details to be determined. The submission deadline has been extended to May 15, 2020.

Don’t forget you can also toot your own horn and ask your administration to nominate you for an award or self nominate!

There are over 15 different MAEA Awards – Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

Virtual Art Show Resources

As many teachers across the state continue with remote learning, many are planning and organizing virtual art shows or virtual exhibits. Below are some resources to help you with this process. If you have additional resources, please share them with our webmaster, Brittany Martinez so we can update this page.

ThingLink – Put together using an image of your classroom, a photo of a previous art show or info image. Use ThingLink to link to galleries organized on Artsonia, Google Photos, Adobe Spark, or Google Slides, as well as video messages to welcome guests to art show. Share direct link to ThingLink page or embed on classroom or school website. 

Google Slides – Put together a google slide presentation and set to auto play. Embed on a classroom or school website. 

Padlet – Organize images in a number of templates. Students can add to the padlet, which is useful for older students. 

Art Steps – gives a virtual experience that could be explored with VR goggles. Does take some time to master, but offers an interesting experience.

Artsonia – Artsonia is a free portfolio website. Artsonia offers an art show feature which will automatically create slide show out of any student work you have posted.

Conference 2020 Update

Planning was underway for the annual MAEA conference to be hosted at Worcester State University in the fall of 2020. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, on April 9, 2020, the MAEA Board of Directors voted to shift planning to a virtual conference for the 2020 annual MAEA conference.

The conference committee is currently researching and exploring options for this event and we would love your feedback. Please share your thoughts and ideas in this short survey. If you have questions please contact MAEA Conference Committee Chair, Shannon Carey.

We look forward to hosting an in-person event in the Worcester area in the future!

Celebrating the Drawing Act – Updated Exhibit Information

150 years ago, on May 16, 1870, Massachusetts passed An Act relating to free instruction in drawing , which has become known as the Drawing Act of 1870 . This was the first law in the nation requiring drawing to be taught in public schools and communities, passed by our own Massachusetts legislature!

Drawing Act 150 – A Great Opportunity for Remote Learning

Help celebrate the 150th year of the Drawing Act by asking your students, their families, and your colleagues, friends and family to create a small drawing of something seen every day.

MAEA is partnering with the Drawing Act Coalition to sponsor a community art installation to be displayed some time in the fall of 2020. This installation was planned for the spring but has been postponed due to the the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Drawing Act Coalition* invites everyone to contribute original drawings to celebrate this anniversary.  Drawings could be a tree outside your window, your keys, a parking meter, or a family member’s face.  See the attached flyer for all the details!

Who can participate in Drawing Act 150?

Everyone! We welcome submissions from anyone across Massachusetts. Please note, The Drawing Act Coalition is requesting that submissions be sent in digitally (photograph of the work or digital drawing) instead of mailed in.

Deadline and More Information

The submission deadline for drawings has been extended through the summer and into the fall. An exact deadline will be shared as these details are finalized.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Questions? Email DrawingAct@MassArt.edu