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Massachusetts Art Education Association

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.


June 5, 2018
From President-Elect Melissa Mastrolia:
We are sad to have missed you at either the May 11 or June 3 workshop. Below are all the links from the convention proposal workshop. Besides having time to discuss ideas with colleagues, the most useful tool from the workshop is the video presentation prepared by Pete Curran, NAEA Middle Level Division Director: click here.

You can access the whole slide deck for the workshop here: click here.

Also, some helpful links:
Proposal Submission Link: click here.
2019 Proposal Planning Form: click here.
Proposal Guidelines and Rubric: click here.
Sample Workshop Proposals: click here.

If you are still planning on submitting a workshop proposal don't forget the deadline is June 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Also, if you would like someone to review your proposal draft, feel free to email me, and I will review it, or connect you with someone else to review it.


June 5, 2018
Please get your nominations for awards in! Deadline has been extended to July 1.
Click here for more information.

June 5, 2018
Job Posting - The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District is looking to hire a K-6 Visual Arts Teacher. Closing date June 10. Apply: click here.

Join the Conversation! Apply to the MFA’s Educator Advisory Board

The MFA’s Educator Advisory Board is seeking new voices and fresh perspectives! Advise the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on programs for students and teachers, act as an ambassador in the K–12 community, and become an MFA volunteer (including an official badge and museum discounts). The Educator Advisory Board aims to be both inclusive and reflective, representing the wide-ranging diversity of the communities it serves, including but not limited to a variety of school types, grades, subjects, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and differing abilities.
Learn more and apply now - click here!

The first application window ends June 15, 2018.

June 5, 2018
Arts|Learning Advocacy Awards
"Congratulations to all the winners, especially those who have supported the field of Visual Arts. Congratulations to Lois Hetland who was awarded the Eric Oddleifson Arts|Learning Service Award, State Senator Adam G. Hinds and House Representative Mary S. Keefe who were both awarded the Legislative Leadership Awards, The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA which was awarded the Media Support of Arts Education Award, Myran Parker-Brass who was awarded the Irene Buck Service to Arts Education Award, and Helen Downey who was awarded the Lynn S. Feldman Distinguished Visual Art Educator Advocacy Award."

June 3, 2018
Reception invitation and press release for Art All-State 2018
June 9 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
CVPA Campus Gallery and CVPA Studios
UMass Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Facebook event: click here.
Reception invitation: click here.
Press release: click here.

June 1, 2018
Notice: Dues will be increasing as of July 1 for the following:
Active members, Associate members, and Institutional memberships.

Emeritus, First year professional, and Preservice will remain the same.

Click here for more information.

UMASS Dartmouth summer pdp workshops
May 29, 2018
SEI/ELL & Special Needs for Art Educators

Click here for more information.

May 24, 2018
The MAEA News
New Issue now available
Volume 4 Issue 1

Issue 1 just released featuring President's Message, upcoming events, and more!
Click here for the pdf.

May 18, 2018

Take a moment to clean out your studios and homes to help make Art All-State 2018 the best year yet.Click on the graphic for the items they are looking for.

For more information visit

To donate please contact: Diana Woodruff at Please Use “Diana-Materials” in subject box of email.

Also, consider volunteering your time between now and the weekend of Art All-State on June 8-9. Email Kristi Oliver at for all the details.

May 15, 2018

Saturday October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Braintree High School

Check back for more information

Click here for the Save the Date poster.

May 16, 2018
Early Childhood Exhibit
Creative Wonderings: The Process of Imagination in ECE
June 25 - September 7, 2018

MAEA is thrilled to announce our first early childhood exhibition. Art is an essential language for the development of young children. It promotes cognitive, creative, social, and physical development and is more than just following directions. The exhibit will highlight the process of making art with young children ages birth-6 yrs old and the significance of visual arts in child development.

More information - click here.

May 13, 2018
Summer Immersive Workshops in Beverly, MA
Week long and 3-day weekend intensive courses run from June 1 through July 1, 2018 at Montserrat College of Art in coastal Beverly, MA.

May 11, 2018
United South End Settlements
Uniting Community to Strengthen Families
Hiring Full Time Manager of STEAM and Arts Integration.

Click here for more information.

Helen Downey
May 12, 2018

Helen Downey has been selected to receive the prestigious 2018Arts|Learning “Lynne S. Feldman Distinguished Arts Education Advocate Award - Visual Art” from Arts|Learning. If you wish to attend the Arts|Learning 31st Annual Champions of the Arts Advocacy Awards Ceremony, it will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at the Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St, Framingham, MA 01702.

The awards event will start with a Perrier and Cheese Reception to honor the awardees, followed by the award presentations from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you plan to attend, and be there when Helen receives this honor, you are requested to RSVP by going online and registering for the event at:

I know that I speak for all of us in extending our congratulations to Helen for her achievements, advocacy, dedication, and service to our discipline. Thank you, Helen, for all that you do!

Coni Moore | MAEA Interim Secretary

join the board
April 29, 2018

The MAEA board is looking to fill four positions:

• Supervision/Administration Division Director
• Preservice Representative
• Youth Art Month Committee Co-Chair
• Secretary

Interested candidates should submit their resume or CV/letter of intent to Coni Moore, MAEA

HS Photography 2017

April 24, 2018

ALERT: one missing artwork from the Boston YAM Show.

Did this get mixed in with your work? Please check for this missing artwork and email us immediately to arrange for their safe return. Email

Missing art

art educators show 2018
March 30, 2018
Art Educators of Massachusetts | MAEA Juried Exhibit

Monday, April 30 – Friday, June 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (Closed Holidays & Weekends)
Massachusetts State Transportation Building Atrium Gallery, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

June 8
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Active and retired art educators working in Massachusetts are invited to submit their 2D and 3D artwork for the annual juried exhibit “Art Educators of Massachusetts.” The jury for the exhibit will be art teaching peers who are members of the Massachusetts Art Education Association Board.

Click here for more information.

HS Photography 2017

March 1, 2018
In celebration of Youth Art Month, MAEA is hosting our first ever Instagram takeover. Join us this month as four MAEA art educators share what is happening in their classrooms.
Katie McEwan who teaches at two elementary schools in Framingham.
Tim Chaves from Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough.
Claire Munley from Uxbridge High School.
Amanda Sylvester from North Attleborough Middle School.

snow farm
March 1, 2018
Snow Farm Summer Studio Arts Program
Secondary Art Educators - Don't let your HS students miss out on this great opportunity. Snow Farm's Summer Studio Arts Program is accepting applications for needs based scholarships now through March 15. The deadline to apply for the summer program is April 13. "With small classes, six hours of instruction a day, passionate instructors, and professionally-equipped studios, Snow Farm is a creative community. Some people arrive with specific goals and projects in mind, and others want to explore and enjoy some learning that stands apart from the usual rigors of their academic school year. No matter what they walk in the door with, our participants leave with an unforgettable experience, lasting friendships, and real skills."

For more information - click here.

snow farm
March 1, 2018
Art Retreat for Educators

It's almost spring - the perfect time to start figuring out your summer plans. Get some PDPs in while making your own art at Snow Farm's first ever Art Retreat for Educators June 22 - 26 in Williamsburg, MA. MAEA members get a $25 discount when they register by April 1.

For more information - click here.

February 19, 2018
ESE Looking for Volunteers
Review the 1999 Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) initiated a process to review the 1999 Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework, and are looking for volunteers to help. This framework provides educators from across Massachusetts a clear set of expectations for arts education. They are currently recruiting for several different roles to support the review process. Please consider becoming a facilitator, joining the review panel, or helping to identify opportunities to integrate the arts with other subject areas.

The deadline for applying for the role of facilitator for the visual arts is March 23, 2018. The deadline for applying to join the review panel or the integration committee is April 20, 2018.

Please see the linked descriptions for more detailed information - click here. ESE is looking for diverse perspectives and encourages those from typically underrepresented groups to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact Craig Waterman at

January, 2018
Welcome to Our New and Returning Board Members
The MAEA Executive Committee is happy to welcome our new and returning MAEA board members.

Please join us in welcoming Tamera Burns who is stepping into the role of Secondary Division Director, Tobey Eugenio who is stepping into the role of Middle Level Division Director, Kate Egnaczak who is stepping into the role of Publication Editor, and Heidi Hurley who stepped into the role of NAHS Representative at the end of last year.

We are also happy to have Erin Sutton, who finished serving as the Special Needs Representative step into the role of Exhibitions Committee Chair, and Stacy Lord, who transitioned from Middle Level Division Director to Community Arts Representative. Finally, thank you to Billy Claire, Sheila Tetler, who are continuing in their roles as Independent Schools Representative/Webmaster, and Retired Representative.

February 19, 2018
Save the Date
Exhibit Opportunities

The MAEA Exhibitions Committee is working to finalize details for two upcoming exhibit opportunities.

MAEA will also be putting together our first ever Early Childhood Exhibit in June, 2018. More information coming soon.

Questions? Please email our Exhibitions Committee Chair, Erin Sutton at

HS Photography 2017
November 15, 2017

Refer a new member to MAEA and YOU* will get a free subscription to School Arts Magazine from Davis Publications.

The new member you refer will also get a treat - 25% off Registration for the 2019 MAEA Conference.

Visit - the new member must list you under “referred by” when joining through NAEA.

Questions? Email

* Open to the first 50 participants.

October 22, 2017
Art All-State 2018
New information about Art All-State 2018 including application instructions - click here.

March 29, 2017

Major Advances for Massachusetts Arts Education!

State education leaders praised for adopting measures to increase arts access and visibility

BOSTON, March 29, 2017-The Arts for All Coalition today praised the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for adopting new guidelines that will prioritize arts education for students across the Commonwealth. The new guidelines were written in response to a new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which emphasizes every student's access to a well-rounded education, including the arts.

  Under the new DESE plan, every school district will report arts education access and participation data on their school and district "report cards." This will give transparency to parents, students, and communities as to the status of arts education in every community in Massachusetts. State education leaders have also committed to revising the Arts Curriculum Framework, which was last amended in 1999. Curriculum frameworks are the guides districts and schools use to develop local curricula and to determine a quality education in each subject area.

  "Business leaders consistently report that new hires are lacking in creativity, innovation, and other 21st-century skills that the arts help to develop, so we're proud to see Massachusetts leading on this front," said Arts|Learning Executive Director, Jonathan Rappaport. "These new guidelines will ensure that arts education is something that is necessary for every district and school in the state."

  Passed by Congress in late 2015 with overwhelming bipartisan support, ESSA includes instruction in the arts in the federal definition of a "well-rounded education." In preparation for implementation of ESSA for the 2017-18 academic year, each state must revise its accountability plan for school districts to reflect this new definition. In addition to test scores, accountability standards must include other indicators of school quality, such as measures of participation in arts instruction.

  DESE officials spent 10 months researching district needs for the new guidelines and meeting with key stakeholders. The Arts for All Coalition, which consists of MASSCreative, Arts|Learning, Edvestors, Boston Public Schools, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, MassINC, and Project LEARN-Lowell, engaged in the process providing research and public input on the importance of arts education in a well-rounded education. One of the state's educational challenges identified during this process was that six percent of elementary students (over 35,000 students!) and 50 percent of high school students do not have the opportunity to engage in quality arts instruction.

John Michael Gray
September 27, 2016
Remembering John Michael Gray

Please click here for the page dedicated to our friend, John Michael Gray.


Your NAEA membership automatically makes you a member of MAEA! Click here for more information about the benefits of 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.

May 9, 2018
Get Involved in Your State Organization - Join Us at Our Next Board Meeting!

All members are welcome.
Our next meeting will be:

• June 14 - Braintree High School

For more information and to RSVP, contact our secretary, Coni Moore:

2018 Meetings scheduled:

• June 14 - Braintree High School

Click here for the current MAEA Calendar of events.

December 2017
ELECTIONS: Congratulations to...

All positions start January 1, 2018

• Elizabeth Coughlan | Special Needs Representative
• Tamera Burns | Secondary Division Director
• Tobey Eugenio | Middle Level Division Director
• Kate Egnaczak | Publication Editor
• Heidi Hurley | NAHS Representative
• Erin Sutton | Exhibitions Committee Chair
• Stacy Lord | Community Arts Representative

Open positions: Special Needs, Pre-Service, Supervision/ Administration Division Director.
Description of all positions are in the bylaws.


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