Welcome to the Massachusetts Art Education Association!

Our mission:
The mission of the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) is to advance high quality visual arts education throughout the state by empowering art educators to excel in the practice, instruction, promotion, and celebration of visual art.

March 23, 2015
Letter from MAEA Board concerning Scholastic
You spoke, we listened.....

For the past two years, MAEA leadership has been hearing numerous comments about the direction of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. After gathering much information and discussing the matters at length, we have decided to send a letter to Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President, and the NAEA Board of Directors asking them to assist us in advocating for changes to the awards program. We hope to convince the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to restore the program back to its roots in art education while fostering honesty, integrity, and equality.

We are aware that the transition of state affiliates in MA has been a rocky one, however, we do believe the issues we have are not with the state affiliate, rather with the Alliance itself.

To read the letter and NAEA policy statements on contests please click below.

Letter from MAEA
NAEA Policy on Contests and Competitions
NAEA Policy Statement on Involvement in Art Contests and Competitions for Students at the Secondary Level

All comments regarding the MAEA's position on this matter can be sent to

Art Allstate
March 5, 2015
YAM | Youth Art Month (Boston)
Celebrate Youth Art Month by visiting the state-wide exhibit at the State Transportation Building in Boston!

• Directions and parking information for the State Transportation Building - pdf format

Click here to go to the YAM page.

YAM | Youth Art Month (Worcester)
Click here for information about Worcester Art Museum's regional Youth Art Month exhibit.

MAEA conference flyer 2015
March 9, 2015
Curiosity, Inquiry, Wonder
November 7th and 8th 2015 (Saturday/ Sunday)
North Adams MA
Mass MoCA, MCLA, Clark

The 2015 Massachusetts Art Education Association Fall Conference will be held in North Adams on November 7th and 8th. Click here for more information.

Art Allstate
November 25, 2014
JUNE 12 - 13, 2015
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

All information and schedules regarding the interviews have been emailed directly to students and nominating teachers. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application or interview please contact

All documents are available for Art All-State 2015 on the website. Click here for more information.

Important Dates:
  • Interviews will take place on March 13th and 20th
  • Student acceptances before April 28th
  • Program will take place on June 12th and 13th

Click here for more information.

October 22, 2014
News from Graduate Programs at MassArt
MassArt relaunches one of their art education graduate degrees - go to Opportunites for more information - click here

September 14, 2014
Just announced: the winners of the Art Educators of the Year!
Click here to go to the Awards page.

September 6, 2014
The Worcester Center for Crafts is currently beaming with pride as ArtsWorcester recently announced that our Executive Director Honee Hess will be receiving the 33rd ArtsWorcester Award, given to "an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to arts and culture in the city." Honee and her incredible passion, dedication, and hard work will be celebrated at their annual meeting, Friday, September 12th at 6 PM. A reception and the opening of ArtsWorcester fall exhibits will follow.

ArtsWorcester’s Aurora Gallery
660 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

August 6, 2014
The gallery of artwork from the 2014 Youth Art Month show at the Transportation Building is now up. Click here for the gallery.

LESSON PLANS will be uploaded soon.

Featured student artist Sara Silva
June 4, 2014

The National Coalition for CORE ARTS Standards launched the virtual National Core Arts Standards online on June 4th.

Help us celebrate the unveiling of standards written for and by arts educators to support quality teaching and learning.

Read more about the standards - click here.
Click here to access the standards.
Click here for the conceptual framework.


Your NAEA membership automatically makes you a member of MAEA! Click here to go directly to NAEA's webpage for joining or renewing membership.

Please note: it will take a few days before we receive the new member list from NAEA - your log-in won't work for MAEA members until we receive that list.

New and Noteworthy

March 19, 2014
Get Involved in Your
State Organization -
Join Us at Our Next Board Meeting!

All members are welcome.
Our next meeting will be on
April 16th at the State Transportation Building 5:00 - 7:00pm. Topics: TBA
Directions: click here

Meetings scheduled:
APRIL Thursday the 16th - 5:00pm - 7:00pm State Transportation Building, Boston
MAY Monday the 18th - 6:30pm - Conant Elementary, Acton
JUNE Thursday the 18th - 6:30pm - New Bedford Art Museum

For more information and to R.S.V.P. please, contact Kristi Oliver:

December 17, 2014
ELECTIONS: Congratulations to...

• President Elect - Alice Gentili
• Interim Secretary - Helen Downey

Newly Filled Positions
• Conference Coordinator (for 2016 conference) - Melissa Hayes
• Exhibitions Coordinator - open
• Public Relations Committee Chair - open
• Elementary Division Director - Laura Marotta
• Middle School Division Director - Stacy Lord
• Pre-Service Division Director - open
• Museum Division Director - Alyssa Champagne
• Early Childhood Division Director - Mary Geisser
• National Art Honor Society Director - Jessica S. Daviso

Some positions still available - look at our latest email blast for more information. Description of all positions are in the bylaws.

November 25, 2014
In the Members section

Check out the presentations, handouts, PowerPoints, and other downloads from the conference! Even if you weren't able to go, you can check out the presentations. Currently there are 17 workshops with downloads!

October 31, 2014
Bylaws revision

The revised and approved Bylaws are now on the website.
Click here to view the bylaws.

May 20, 2014
Please help: Stolen/ missing artwork

A bracelet that was dropped off for display at the Scholastic Art & Writing exhibit in Boston went missing sometime before the exhibit. If you see it or have any information regarding it, please contact:
Paul F. Sarapas
Department Coordinator
Fine Applied & Technical Arts
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
978.443.9961 ext. 2204

Click here for larger image.
Stolen bracelet alert

April 1, 2014
YAM pictures at NAEA Conference
Artworks from the 2014 Youth Art Month Show in Boston were selected to represent Massachusetts at the National Art Education Association's conference, Spark!,in San Diego, California on March 28 through April 1.
Click here for the gallery.

April 1, 2014
Summer Programs Opportunities
Check out the Opportunities page for summer program offerings. We will update as soon as we receive new information. Click here for more information.

Featured Student Artist

Featured student artist Sara Silva
April 1, 2014
Sara Silva
Our featured student artist is Milford High School student, Sara Silva. Click here for a gallery of Sara's work, artist's statement, and more.


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