AEI Summer Retreat 2016

Dear AEI Retreat Participants, 

The AEI Summer Retreat and Board Meeting is next week and what a great event this is going to be!   Special thanks to the efforts of Jenna Darsee and Liz Bloomburg for all their work in coordinating this year’s event.
1.  Here’s the link to register  for the Summer Retreat and to reserve your selection for overnight accommodations.  Please register by June 15 so we can finalize overnight accommodations.
2.  Itinerary and the board agenda will follow registration and submission of reports.
3.  Complete the Summer Board Report by June 15 All board members are asked to complete this for a quorum.  Please include any budgetary requests for your board or program needs for the Executive team as we will use the information to determine the 2016-2017 Annual Budget.
4.  Committee Chairs:  Please submit a  2015-2016 Committee & Financial Reports and the Profit & Loss form by June 20 if you haven’t already done so this year.   All board members are asked to complete these for a quorum.  Please include any budgetary requests.
5.  Board members are asked to complete the 2015-16 AEI Annual Board Report.  Make a copy to complete then share with me by June 20.  Also share this with
Thank you for helping to shape the future of visual arts education in our state.
PS:  AEI Executive Board will meet on Thursday, June 24.  All officers, present and in-coming, please try to attend.

Present Your Talents and Ideas at AEI Fall Conference, 2016

Do you or someone you know have an interesting lesson or skill to share?  Something that you would be able to teach others?  WE WANT YOU!  Attend or present at the AEI Fall Conference 2016 in Burlington, Iowa this year.  We are seeking a variety of session topics in a few specific skill sets, and we are asking you to share your talents!  This opportunity is open to the visual art teachers with creative, unique, and awesome skills to share in the following areas just to name a few:

batik, basketry, felting, glass, photography, animation, graphics, jewelry, copyright, studio set up, best practice, essential questions, steam, and viking weave.

We hope you will come join us and bring your art teacher friends along to Burlington, September 29 – Oct 2, 2016

We have a lot of exciting and entertaining learning set to happen and want you to share your talents with us!  Please go to the link provided and complete the online presenters proposal form.

We hope to see you there.  Don’t forget to enter the student photography contest and also watch for the raku signup coming soon to the AEI website.

Jeanna Gerot
Membership Chair
Conference Chair

2016 Fall Conference: Bridging All the Gaps

Bridging All the Gaps
Fall Conference, 2016
Burlington, IA
September 30 – October 2

Consider presenting at the AEI 2016 Fall Conference, “Bridging All the Gaps,” in Burlington.  Print and fill out the pdf format of the Call for Presenters form linked below or give AEI your proposal online in Google Forms also linked below.  If you choose the printed version, mailing instructions are noted at the bottom of the form.

Presenter’s Proposal Form (pdf)

Online Google Form: Presenter’s Proposal Form

Outdoor Art Market, MacNider Arts Festival

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum Outdoor Art Market

Hello all!

My name is Lindsay Thompson and I am contacting you about the Outdoor Art Market held during the MacNider Arts Festival.  It will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Mara Linskey-Deegan and I have switched Festival duties this year and I am very excited to be in charge of the 2016 Outdoor Art Market.  For those who do not know me, I have worked at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum for almost two years and am in charge of the museum shop, rental events, and a lot of the advertising.

Click here for this year’s Outdoor Art Market entry form.  The deadline for entry is Sunday, May 1, 2016.  Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you,
Lindsay Thompson
Development Administrative Assistant
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
303 Second Street SE
Mason City, IA  50401

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum Hours:
TuesdayThursday 9am-8pm
Wednesday, FridaySaturday 9am5pm

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 AEI Award Winners

Kathleen Sweet is the 2015‐2016 Art Educator of the Year.

Janiece Kinzle is the 2015-2016 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator.

Chelsie Meyer is the 2015-2016 Outstanding Middle Level Art Educator. 

Jeff Yoachim is the 2015-2016 Outstanding Secondary Art Educator. 

Lynda Black-Smith is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Distinguished Service Inside the Profession award.

Brad Anderson, Superintendent, and Matt Brummond, Principal, are together honored with the Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award.