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Art Education Association State Conferences
Since 2010, the second week of September has
been designated “Arts in Education Week” by the United States House
of Representatives. The official 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.” In the spirit of this resolution, the
National Art Education Association (www.arteducators.org)
represents the creative community of visual arts educators,
university professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists,
administrators, and art museum educators who come together in state
organizations for education, support, and advocacy. Within the next
few months, state organizations in the region will host annual
conferences that feature distinguished keynote speakers,
presentations on a wide range of topics, workshops, art shows, and
awards, in a spirit of camaraderie that will get the creative juices
flowing. Art educators will come together to learn from each other
and to peruse the offerings of many vendors and exhibitors. Staff
members from Standard Ceramic Supply Company’s home
office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will attend several of these
conferences, offering educational workshops for teachers.
The Pennsylvania Art Education Association will
offer its annual conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on
October 31 through November 2. The theme of this year’s conference
is “Art is Natural.” Set in the Laurel Highlands, a mountainous
region of western Pennsylvania, the conference site is close to
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and the Touchstone Center for
Crafts. Both sites will host special conference events. The
conference brochure offers the following description of the
inspiration for the theme:
The remote, natural setting of the
2014 PAEA conference immediately conjures thoughts of the beauty of
our earth as ever-lasting inspiration for artists and art educators.
As our committee began planning and shared ideas with one another
and other artists/educators we discovered many layers of meaning in
our theme, “Art is Natural.”
The familiar quote from Picasso, “every child is an artist,” is a
reminder that art is natural to children. As art educators, we see
our youngest students as artists. They are free to express
themselves. Discovery and inquiry just comes naturally to them. At
some point, we may also find ourselves wistfully watching them lose
their free flowing creativity and inquiring spirit as they grow into
the age of dawning realism, and we look for ways to give them
confidence in their abilities and preserve their creativity during
this important stage. Sometimes, with great concern, we realize our
educational system might be squelching the “natural art” out of our
youth. Our hope is that our conference will explore ways we as art
educators can ensure this does not happen to our students.
A special afternoon and evening is planned at the Fallingwater site,
featuring tours, the student art exhibit, and the awards ceremony.
William E. Strickland, Jr., President & CEO
Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh will present the
keynote address at a dinner in the Barn at Fallingwater. Other
keynote speakers throughout the weekend include Dr.
Christine Marmé Thompson, Professor in the School of Visual
Arts and Coordinator of graduate programs in art education at Penn
State University, Andrew P. Phillips, AIA, Co-chair
of the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in
Philadelphia, artist Rachel Sager, whose mosaic
exhibition is on display at the Uniontown Arts Fellowship, and
Adam Kenney, the executive director of Touchstone
Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA.
http://www.paeaconference.org for more information about the
The Illinois Art Education Association will present
its 66th annual conference, exploring the theme “The Visual Arts
Lens: Connect – Reflect – Empower.” Held at the Sheraton Hotel in
Lisle, Illinois, west of Chicago, the conference will run from
November 6 through 8. President Anne Becker offers the following
This is an exciting year for our
66th Annual Professional Learning Conference at the Sheraton in
Lisle on November 6-8, 2014. Our fall conference will host many
timely learning issues on topics such as assessment, student growth,
national visual arts standards, curriculum resources, advocacy
information and advancements in technology. The President’s
Reception Friday night will feature live music, the IAEA Artisan
Gallery and IRAE Show, the premiere of the IAEA Membership Show and
Awards. This will be a time for you to socialize and network with
colleagues while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar.
Chicago visual artists Chris and Debra Yepa-Pappan
will present the keynote address during the awards luncheon on
Friday. Other keynote speakers include ISBE assessment specialist
Dr. Diane Zalenski and NAEA Southeastern Vice
President-Elect Debi West, a dynamic art educator
from Georgia. The conference includes several off-site locations and
regional art centers, including Ed Hoy’s International Glass Studio
and Warehouse, Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery, Benedictine
University Art Gallery, Blick Art Materials store, and ClaySpace
Ceramic Arts Center.
for more information about the Illinois conference.
The Ohio Art Education Association plans its
Professional Development Conference in Columbus on November 6
through 8. Celebrating 60 years of supporting art educators in their
efforts to promote the understanding of the visual arts in a quality
education, the association presents “A Tapestry of Success,” as its
conference theme. The Thursday Awards Dinner will feature the 2013
Art Educator of the Year, Sandra Noble, a long-time
OAEA member and retired educator in the Cleveland Public Schools.
State Arts Consultant Nancy Pistone from the Ohio
Department of Education will address the conference on “The Future
of Arts Education is Now” at luncheon on Friday. In a special
evening at the Wexner Center for the Arts, painter Kerry
James Marshall will address the assembly on the importance
of art education. “Super Sessions” include graphic novelist
Nate Powell offering a visual tour is his path through
comics, Educator Duarte Brown on helping students
discover their full potential through art programs, visual artist
Paul Russo on his sculptural work, University of
Illinois Chicago professor Olivia Gude on
21st-century art making, and Adaptive Art Specialist/Art Therapist
ste on her work in the Milwaukee Public Schools.
http://oaea.memberclicks.net/conference-2014 for more
information on the Ohio Conference.
Visit the following site for information on these other upcoming
Art Education Association of Indiana, 2014 Annual
Fall Convention, October 10 - 12, 2014, Grand Wayne Convention
Center and Hilton Hotel, Fort Wayne. Visit
http://www.aeai.org/convention-2014.html for more information.
Art Educators of New Jersey 2014 Fall Conference,
October 5 – 7, Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch, NJ. Visit
http://www.arteducators.org/news/NJ.pdf for more information.
New York State Art Teachers Association 66th Annual
Conference, STAND UP for Art Education, November 21-23, 2014 at
Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany, New York. Visit
http://www.nysata.org/2014-conference-highlights for more
West Virginia Art Education Association Annual
Conference October 17 & 18, 2014, Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market
Street, Parkersburg, WV. Visit
www.wvaea.com/#!news-and-info/cjn9 for more information.
Wisconsin Art Education Association Art Connects Us
2014 Conference, October 23 – 24, 2014, Bruce Guadalupe Community
School, Milwaukee, WI. Visit
http://www.wiarted.org/2014-waea-fall-conference.html for more
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