Welcome to our back-to-school issue of the NAEA's Middle Level Division Newsletter. The purpose for this publication is to share monthly happenings and opportunities with our members across the Association.
We will also use this space to respond to timely issues facing our field. Unfortunately, this issue comes on the heels of the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are proud to share the following message from NAEA's President, Kim Huyler Defibaugh, Ed.D.
NAEA Statement in Response to Racial Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
The following statement is issued by National Art Education Association President, Kim Huyler Defibaugh, Ed.D., following the events in Charlottesville, VA.
The National Art Education Association (NAEA) condemns in the strongest terms possible the acts of hatred, racism, discrimination and bigotry that took place on August 13, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. NAEA expresses condolences to the families of those whose lives were lost.
Through the darkness of this tragedy, we stand with Charlottesville in the hope that the lights of diversity, inclusion and acceptance will shine through. Art education is a powerful catalyst for interpreting the world and teaching diversity of thought.
The mission of NAEA is to advance visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. Art educators are encouraged to facilitate dialogue with their learners that teaches lessons of empathy and understanding through art education.
The NAEA professional community understands that these actual life events impact the very real lives of our nation’s children and youth. In response, art educators are encouraged to use this moment to facilitate critical conversations that will effect positive change. We have compiled a few resources and a link to an article that explicitly addresses the confederate statues that ignited these unfortunate events in Charlottesville. Members are encouraged to follow the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum for additional resources.
Art education shapes human potential. We take this moment in our nation’s history to rededicate ourselves to maximizing the potential that is shared by the mosaic of our global humanity.
Resources for art educators: