Posts Tagged ‘NAEA’



November 4, 2019

OK – Go upside down and inside out

OK Go Sandbox is an online resource for educators that uses the Grammy Award-winning band OK Go’s music videos as starting points for students to explore various STEAM concepts. OK Go Sandbox will be presenting at the National Art Education conference in Minneapolis, March 26-28, 2020. Registration is available.


National Art Ed Conference

October 30, 2019

Registration open

National Art Education Association conference, March 26-28, 21020, Minneapolis. REGISTRATION IS OPEN!


Art for Healing

August 15, 2018

Interactive Webinar from NAEA

The National Art Education Association is providing an interactive webinar on Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. called Art for Healing in Difficult Situations. This webinar is FREE for NAEA members and $49 for non-members.
A growing number of children are experiencing traumatic life events during their childhood. How can we, as arts educators, help?
Visual arts can provide an outlet for children to express their feelings, communicate their needs, and reach out for support. Join us for this timely webinar as three art educators share their teaching experiences, strategies, and art projects for helping children alleviate stress and heal. 
The presenters include:
  • Donalyn Heise, EdD, Artist, Educator, Author from Austin, TX
  • Adrienne D. Hunter, Med, Art Educator from Pittsburgh, PA
  • Beverly H. Johns, Professional Fellow, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL



National Art Education Conference

January 21, 2017

New York City

For more information and to register to attend the National Art Education Conference in New York City on March 2-4 please CLICK HERE.



Arts in Education Week

September 8, 2015

September 13-19, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 2.43.54 PMIn July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California.

The resolution states: […] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

View the HR275 Arts in Education Week Resolution

Congress designated Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. You can read statements made by congressmen on the House floor regarding arts education.

In May of 2011, arts education was again given a national spotlight with the release of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.

The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, this report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It also includes a set of recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers.

Join in the national celebration on social media. Let your circle of colleagues, friends and family know you care and bring them into the greater movement!
⇒During #ArtsEdWeek, be sure to follow @NAEA on Twitter and Facebook and upload your favorite arts education moments.
⇒Show us a picture of student artwork with #EncourageCreativity.
⇒Or tell us about an art educator who made a difference with #TeachTheArts.
⇒Check out Americans for the Arts’ new advocacy video series: Encourage Creativity and other great tools and resources!
– See more at:


National Visual Arts Standards Resources

National Core Arts Standards

President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Learning in a Visual Age

NAEA White Papers for Art Education

Advocacy Resources


Technology Resources

April 22, 2015

NAEA webinar

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 4.47.20 PMI attended an online professional development recently that was presented by the National Art Education Association. It really exemplifies the power of learning in the online environment. The webinar was titled Where the Wild Things Are and facilitated by two art educators who are well versed in multiple tools to assist in teaching. Chris Guenter who you can follow on Twitter @cguenter and Theresa McGeen who you can follow on Twitter @theresamcgee.

The most amazing part was the website that they put together to house all of the tools they shared plus a ton of other resources located at And, all of the tools are FREE. Don’t miss checking it out!

The Powerpoint presentation and recorded webinar will be posted to the National Art Education Association website at:


NAEA Convention

April 3, 2015

A trip to New Orleans and back

IMG_2199The National Art Education Convention was held last week in New Orleans. What a great place to have a conference with 4,500 art teachers from across the country! The workshops and keynotes were thought provoking, the educators freely shared ideas, the food was outstanding, and the city filled with fun and opportunities to take in the arts and culture. There were three workshops presented by 5 Maine arts educators. The most amazing part to me is (always) the openness of teachers. “Where are you from? and What grade(s) do you teach?” are probably the most frequently asked questions – on the elevator, escalator, walking to and from sessions, in sessions, at meals and on and on.


IMG_2075 Tim Gunn, educator and designer presented one of the Super Sessions and shared his wisdom and kindness. He provided multiple examples of how he teaches and mentors. He was on the faculty at Parsons The New School Design from 1982 to 2007 and was chair of the fashion design at the school, August 2000 to March 2007. He is well known for the reality show, Project Runway.

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 8.44.02 PMEarlier this week The Art of Education posted Tim’s 8 Lessons Art Educators Can Learn From Tim Gunn, post written by Jessica Balsley Number 7) TEACH  – This is Tim’s coined acronym for success in teaching. It stands for Truthtelling, Empathy, Asking, Cheerleading and Hoping for the Best. I suggest that you check out the post for the other seven. It was great to see Jessica and the other Art of Ed folks at the convention as well!

IMG_2100In addition to attending the convention sessions, the location offers so many learning opportunities. One highlight for New Orleans was a walking tour that took us to the architectural highlights of The French Quarter. On many of the ornate building fronts there is a fancy pointy piece that juts out just below the balcony’s floor so those who have celebrated a bit too much during Mardi Gras can’t climb over the rail and into the homes. The tour ended at the oldest cemetery (of three) with above ground graves due to the water level. The stories were fascinating.

IMG_2105The highlight for food, that’s a tough decision! So many good foods including Beignets which are French donuts from Cafe Du Monde, Muffuletta’s from Central Grocery, giant Italian sandwich, Mother’s Restaurant that serves soul food. Oh and the oysters and Po’boys were yummy as well! My first time having grilled oysters!





Grilled oysters


Raw oysters

The highlight for people to see: Olivia Gude, on the team who wrote the National Core Arts Standards, Lois Hetland, one of the writers of Studio Habits of Mind, and Cassie Stephens, blogger and elementary art teacher from Tennessee.

The weather was pleasant with temperatures in the 60’s. We ate outside and heard wonderful music several times. Getting up early and walking along the water as the sun rose was delightful.


Half a muffuletta

Half a muffuletta

I am always proud when I attend national conferences – proud to be an arts educator! And, fortunate to have the opportunity to attend. There were about a dozen art teachers there from Maine. If you’ve never, I hope that you will consider, attending a national conference in the future.


Cassie Stephens, blogger, art educator from Tennessee

Cassie Stephens, blogger, art educator from Tennessee


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