Call for session proposals is LIVE!!
NAEA is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2019 NAEA National Convention
It may seem like we just got home from Seattle, but it's time to start planning for next year's convention! The middle division was strongly represented in 2018, and we hope that trend continues in 2019! Now's your chance to bring your work to a new audience and submit a proposal to lead a session/workshop in Boston.
If you've never considered presenting, now's a great chance to reflect on your own practice to identify strengths/talents that should be shared with your fellow art educators. Think about what you do well, what drives you, or challenges you, or inspires you. We all do such tremendous work, and #NAEA19 is a great place to showcase that good work.
For our veteran presenters, this is a great chance to build on what you've shared in the past. Envision ways to update something you've presented elsewhere, so that it's fresh and engaging to a packed room of your peers.
Think it's too much work to prepare something like this on your own? Team up with a colleague or reach out for division members who may have a similar topic in mind. Tap into our various social media platforms, your own professional circle, or NAEA's Collaborate forum.
Every year we receive so many quality proposals, and reviewing submissions is always a difficult part of the job. But conventions are only as good as the proposals we receive, so we hope you'll consider submitting today!
Mark your calendar: Submission DEADLINE is JUNE 15, 2018
The guidebook tells you all you'll need to know about the submission process. Definitely worth a read.
This tutorial (and accompanying slideshow) will walk you through the submission process. There's a lot to consider, and this is meant to clarify what we're looking for.
There's a lot of information that goes into a submission, and some people find it helpful to write it out FIRST. This planning form can help with that process.
You can then COPY & PASTE into NAEA's actual submission portal.
Our medleys are always a fun opportunity to connect with a bunch of presenters in a short amount of time. We're always on the lookout for potential presenters. The call for Medleys will go out once the convention notification letters are sent out, sometime in September/October. This timeline allows members an additional opportunity to present in Boston. Stay tuned!
Creative leaders wanted!
Nomination packets are being accepted! Fill out yours today!
NAEA is seeking its next slate of candidates for the 2021-2023 Board of Directors. Each division will put forth a select group of potential leaders, and our members will vote in the Fall. But FIRST, we need some strong leaders to put their names up for consideration.
If you know someone who would make a strong candidate, please reach out to them and encourage them to complete a CV and Consent to Serve form. Considering running yourself? Reach out to your colleagues who can help with the nomination packet. Have questions about the position? Feel free to reach out to your division leaders or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nomination process is outlined on the NAEA's ELECTION page, and the submission process is LIVE! Check below for helpful resources:
Other division news
LGBTQ+ Inclusion & the Art Classroom
During our Conversations with Colleagues session in Seattle, one topic of particular interest was how best to support our LGBTQ+ students. We posed this question to middle division member Barry Morang, of Rhode Island, who had recently presented on this very topic. Barry has worked extensively with NAEA's LGBTQ+ Interest Group, serving on its leadership board for the past few years. He graciously drafted the following article, which we are so happy to share with our division readers.
Art is an outlet, a means to an end, and a way to release inner thoughts and feelings. When students feel represented and accepted in the classroom they feel and gain a deeper connection to themselves, their peers, and their ability to create art. As an art educator, I feel as though I have a responsibility to create a safe space and implement curriculum that speaks to the whole student within their current environments. By broadening the approach to teaching with the inclusion of history and relatable artists and experiences, students will be able to see their increasing potential to create art, express themselves, and become an individual.
"a safe environment begins with the teacher"
Art classes are typically considered the safe space for many students, a place where they are free to express themselves in any way that is chosen. Such a safe environment begins with the teacher and their approach to inclusion and diversity. Fostering an inclusive and safe community involves more than our personal beliefs and the needs of others, it includes education and advocacy.