Summer 2021 MAEA News 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, Helen Downey, Heidi Hurley, Alice Matthews Gentili, Lydia Gruner, Patty Klibansky, John Nordell, and Laura Evonne Steinman.
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 editor@massarted.com if you have any questions or would like her to walk you through the process.

August Art Education Zoom Series

We are happy to share we will be offering an August session for practitioners and educators in higher education, supervision, and pre & in-service educators who are involved in the Visual Arts teacher preparation on August 19 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. This session will be facilitated by Jane McNeil-McKeag and Sohee Koo. The group will share critical reflection and strategies for online and in-person supervision and assessments in Visual Arts. The topic for this session is Art Teacher Assessments in MA: Reflections on CAP & Other Teacher Preparation Frameworks. Learn more and register.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force Update

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force is happy to share that we have completed the work of drafting our ED&I Task Force recommendations. These recommendations were approved by the MAEA Board of Directors at the July board meeting.

The ED&I Task Force based these recommendations on the recommendations shared by NAEA and revised to fit the needs of MAEA. We would like to note that the ED&I Task Force considers this list of recommendations a living document that will evolve as the ED&I Committee works to execute on these recommendations, under the leadership of our new ED&I Director-Elect, Emily Moran.

Center for Instructional Support 2021 – 2022 Program Catalog

MAEA is happy to share two arts specific offerings from the Center for Instructional Support. More information about the Arts Leaders Network which runs meets 10/20, 11/10, 12/8, 1/19, 3/16, and 5/4 can be found on our PD Opportunities page.  There you will also find information about the webinar offering: Working with the Guidebook of Culturally Diverse Artists & Artworks which is being offered twice – once on August 18 and October 18 at 4:00 pm.

For more information and to register for both of these offerings, please visit the PD Opportunities page. If you have questions about these offerings, please contact Dawn Benski, Dawn.M.Benski@mass.gov.

While you are at it, sign up for DESE’s Office of Literacy and Humanities newsletter.

Now Accepting Conference Session Proposals

Rebirth. Renew. Reinvigorate – MAEA 2021 Virtual Conference

We are excited to share the theme for the MAEA 2021 Virtual Conference is Rebirth.Renew.Reinvigorate. This year’s conference has been planned to be a virtual format due to the difficulties associated with planning in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual conference will go live November 13, 2021. 

Most sessions will be pre-recorded and available for attendees to view at the day and time that works for them. We do plan to offer some synchronous sessions on Zoom and are considering ways to offer hands on studio workshop sessions to attendees! If you are open to presenting your session synchronously via Zoom, please note that in your session proposal! Live synchronous sessions will likely happen Saturday, November 13 and Sunday November 14, though planning is still underway.

We are excited to share that presenters of accepted proposals receive a 100% discount on conference registration. It is a great opportunity to share what you are passionate about with your local art education community AND learn from your state colleagues at the same time! Bonus, this year you don’t have to worry about travel arrangements!

The deadline for submitting session proposals is August 8, 2021

In Memoriam: Dr. Ruth Starratt

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”   

                                              – Albert Pike [19th century American author]

As we move through this journey of life we encounter many different people and in so doing recognize that each and every life is unique. The time that the living essence of a being graces this world, and often for those of us who are fortunate to have had contact with the living essence of the person we are often forever changed and our lives thereby enriched by this experience.  

Art Education has lost a beloved colleague and longtime teacher, scholar, and artist and we are profoundly saddened at the death of Dr. Ruth Starratt, who passed away suddenly on March 12, 2021. 

Prior to her retirement Dr. Ruth, as those of us who knew her often called her, taught at Boston University, and was especially influential in the lives of her students. While many will remember Dr. Ruth for her artistic spirit and talent and for how she enriched the lives of all she touched with not only her artistic flare but also her intellectual curiosity, she, undoubtedly, will be best remembered as the engaging and wonderfully supportive art educator that she was. Dr. Ruth has without question left an indelible mark on the students that she taught and supervised as well as all of those who had the great, good fortune to have known her.

Dr. Ruth was a self-starter and had an infectious passion for learning, which she in turn imparted to her students. Learning was for her an essential part of life, and she encouraged her students, friends, and family members to pursue advanced degrees. Her characteristic drive is apparent in the fact that she received her Ed.M in Art and Education in 1981 from Columbia University, and one year later in 1982 had attained her Ed.D in Art and Education from the same institution with concentrations in the Art of Oceania and Art Education. Additionally, she held an MFA from Southern Connecticut State College with a concentration in painting, drawing, and printmaking, and her undergraduate degree was from the University of Bridgeport in Art and English Literature.

Dr. Ruth worked as an art teacher for nearly thirty years before becoming a full-time Lecturer at Boston University in 1998 until her retirement in 2017. Her professional affiliations were many including a membership in the Massachusetts Art Education Association for many years as well as memberships in the American Educational Research Association, Delta Kappa Gamma (Honorary Society for Women Educators), and a lifetime membership in the American Society of Botanical Artists. However, her longest professional affiliation, one of over fifty years, was with the National Art Education Association, in which she was extremely active, especially in the Women’s Caucus and held a lifetime membership in it. She served as an NAEA Elected National Assembly Delegate from 2000 to the present. She and her husband Jerry (Dr. J. Starratt, who previously served as a professor of Educational Administration at Boston College, and whose death sadly followed hers by a month) were permanent fixtures at the annual NAEA Conventions for years, and for those of us who had the good fortune to socialize and meet with them over food or a beverage were always in for stimulating, informative, and enlightening conversation that might go on for hours on end. Sharing the rarified air with these two incredible human beings was not only an uplifting experience but also a transformative one.  

Dr. Ruth’s artistic and academic undertakings were manifold such as the research monograph on the papier-mache teaching models of Louis Auzoux that she was commissioned to write by Wellesley College a number of years ago.  Her trip to Zambia and Botswana to continue her research in pre-history art and the petroglyphs produced by the early peoples of these countries. This work was part of ongoing research that she had begun many years ago at Columbia University. She delivered papers and seminars in Europe in numerous countries by invitation as part of her on-going work with national and international educators over the past thirty-five years. Her exquisite and delicate botanical paintings have graced many botanical exhibitions over the years, and are in the collections of close friends and family as well.

The sorrow that many of us feel for the loss of this dynamic force of nature is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege to have known her, and experience her vitality and “joie de vivre”, which will live on in the many lives that she touched.

If you would like to create a paper crane in Ruth’s honor you can send one to Stacey Piwinski is collecting them. Please fold a paper crane and attach a fond memory or story. Mail them to Cranes for Ruth, P.O. Box # 560036, Medford, MA 02165.

If you have additional images you would like to share of Dr. Ruth Starratt, please send them to webmaster@massarted.com

Call for Award Nominations – Deadline Extended to June 6

Here is your chance to celebrate your outstanding colleagues and nominate them for the 2022 MAEA Art Educator Awards. MAEA will honor the award recipients in conjunction with the 2021 MAEA Conference – exact event details to be determined. The submission deadline has been extended to June 6, 2021.

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.

Join the Board – Open Positions

MAEA is looking to fill the positions of Retired Representative, Preservice Division Director, Awards Committee Chair, Exhibitions Committee Chair, and Webmaster.

Board membership is on a voluntary basis and members are appointed to a two-year term. This working board meets monthly. Minimal time is required outside of the regular meetings to execute specific tasks as delegated during board meetings, or to participate in extra initiatives around program development, community engagement, and strategic planning. 

Interested candidates should submit their resume or CV/letter of intent to secretary@massarted.com.

Retired Representative and Preservice Division Director
Candidate must be able to perform the following:

  • Act as a point person for elected division and relay issues and pertinent information using the MAEA procedure for emailing.
  • Attend (virtually or in-person) monthly board meetings and annual retreats.
  • Submit reports as needed to the shared Google Drive folder at least eight days prior to the scheduled Board meeting.
  • Review the reports in the shared Google Drive folder prior to the scheduled Board meeting.
  • Attend MAEA sponsored events, conferences, exhibitions, and/or activities.
  • Author or solicit at least three articles per year for the MAEA News (digital publication).
  • Chair or actively participate in at least one MAEA committee.
  • Review policy and procedures, and make recommendations for inclusion in the Policy Manual as in the best interest of the Association and its members.

Awards Committee Chair and Exhibitions Committee Chair
Candidate must be able to perform the following:

  • Act as a point person for the committee and relay pertinent information to the board.
  • Attend monthly board meetings either virtually or in person, if unable to attend notify the secretary as soon as possible.
  • Hold committee meetings, and document work via committee meeting template. Monthly meetings are suggested.
  • Submit a report via report template with highlighted action items as needed to the secretary at least eight days prior to the scheduled meeting. In addition to action items, reports should include committee accomplishments and future plans. 
  • Work with committee to reference, review, and update Policy Manual including procedures, timelines, and guidelines. Any changes to procedures and policies must be brought to the board for approval prior to implementation. These plans and actions must be in conformance with the overall strategic plans formulated by the Board of Directors.
  • With the assistance of the committee, submit an annual projected budget for approval by November for the following fiscal year (January 1).
  • Author or solicit from at least one article per year for the MAEA Newsletter.
  • Work toward advancing the mission of the Association.

Webmaster
Candidate must be able to perform the following:

  • Work with MAEA Board of Directors to maintain MAEA website. 
  • Review and correct links that aren’t working and pictures that aren’t appearing properly.
  • Examine and analyze site traffic.
  • Regulate and manage access rights of different MAEA website users.
  • Work with the PR committee to solicit content from the board, and support the board in updating that content. 
  • Update membership emails/contacts in Constant Contact and email.
  • Submit reports as needed to the Secretary at least eight days prior to the scheduled meeting.
  • Work toward advancing the mission of the Association.
  • Chair or actively participate in the Public Relations Committee. 
  • Review policy and procedures, and make recommendations for inclusion in the Policy Manual as in the best interest of the Association and its members.
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.

Seeking ED&I Director-Elect

MAEA is seeking to fill the position of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Director-Elect. The ED&I Director-Elect will serve now – December 31, 2022 which transitions to a two year term as ED&I Director. Please see below for more information about both positions. 

As an organization, we are following the lead of the NAEA in creating an ED&I Committee and Directorship in order to take full responsibility for developing a unified sense of community concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion across our association. 

If you are interested in the ED&I Director-elect position please submit your resume and/or CV and vision statement to Jaimee Taborda at secretary@massarted.com. The vision statement of 300 words or less should outline your leadership priorities and goals for the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion work within MAEA. If selected as a candidate, your vision statement will be featured on the MAEA website as well as the electronic ballot. The deadline for applying for this position is May 23, 2021.

ED&I Director-Elect Responsibilities

Director-Elect is expected to attend all MAEA Board meetings either physically or virtually unless pre-arrangements have been made. In the event of an anticipated absence, the Secretary should be notified as soon as possible. Excessive absences may serve as cause for removal from the Board of Directors.

Such responsibilities and duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Serve as chair for the ED&I committee. 
  • Act as a point person for the committee and relay pertinent information to the board.
  • Attend monthly board meetings either virtually or in person, if unable to attend notify the secretary as soon as possible.
  • Hold committee meetings, and document work via committee meeting template. Monthly meetings are suggested.
  • Submit a report via report template with highlighted action items as needed to the secretary at least eight days prior to the scheduled meeting. In addition to action items, reports should include committee accomplishments and future plans. 
  • Work with the committee to reference, review, and update Policy Manual including procedures, timelines, and guidelines. Any changes to procedures and policies must be brought to the board for approval prior to implementation. These plans and actions must be in conformance with the overall strategic plans formulated by the Board of Directors.
  • With the assistance of the committee, submit an annual projected budget for approval by November for the following fiscal year (January 1).
  • Author or solicit from at least one article per year for the MAEA Newsletter.
  • Work toward advancing the mission of the Association.
  • Collaborate with the ED&I Director to advance ED&I initiatives.
  • Coordinate with the ED&I Director to aid in a smooth transition to the directorship.

Mission of the MAEA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Committee

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (ED&I) promotes, advocates, and creates opportunities for equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in the practice of art education. 

ED&I Committee Responsibilities/Goals 

When the committee is formed, they will evaluate and assess the recommendations from the MAEA ED&I Task Force and clearly define the goals and responsibilities of the committee.

ED&I Director Responsibilities 

The ED&I Director serves as a member of the Executive Committee. The officers of the Executive Committee are expected to attend all MAEA Board meetings either physically or virtually unless pre-arrangements have been made. In a time-sensitive circumstance in which a discussion and vote cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled board meeting, the Executive Committee officers are granted the power to make a decision on behalf of the Board of Directors. In such circumstances, every effort will first be made to inform the Board of Directors. 

Such responsibilities and duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Provide visionary and strategic leadership for the organization.
  • Attend monthly board meetings either virtually or in person, if unable to attend notify the secretary as soon as possible.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop the policies and direction of the organization.
  • Provide adequate and timely information to the Board of Directors to enable it to effectively execute its role.
  • Manage ED&I budget and report annually to the Treasurer.
  • With the assistance of the Director-Elect, submit an annual projected budget for approval by November for the following fiscal year (January 1).
  • Review policy and make recommendations for inclusion in the Policy Manual as in the best interest of the Association and its members.
  • May speak to the press and other interested parties on behalf of the organization.
  • Collaborate with the ED&I Director-Elect and committee to advance ED&I initiatives.
  • Coordinate with the ED&I Director-Elect to aid in a smooth transition to the directorship.