AEI Fall Conference Registration, 2016

The 2016 AEI Fall Conference registrationBridging All the Gaps
is ready.  Please click THIS REGISTRATION LINK to register for this year’s conference, “Bridging All the Gaps.”  This year’s conference is at Southeastern Community College in Burlington on Sept 30 – Oct 2. Click on the links below to see the Conference Itinerary and Session Descriptions.

Conference Itinerary
Hotel Reservations

Session Descriptions (Excel)
Session Descriptions (Google Sheets)

Visual Culture & Gender Call for Manuscripts


                                     Visual Culture & Gender


2017 VCG Call for Manuscripts
Visual Culture & Gender (VCG was born digital more than a decade ago in 2005 as the first multimedia online journal in the field of art education, and the first online journal devoted to visual culture and gender. VCG is an international, peer-reviewed, freely accessed, multimedia online journal whose purpose is to encourage and promote an understanding of the connections between visual culture and gender in concert with representations of race, age, sexuality, social units, (dis)ability and social class.

Submit your Manuscript

The deadline to submit manuscripts is Saturday, November 15, 2016, 11:59 PM EDT

The 2017 VCG Call for Manuscripts invites submissions of articles and visual essays that explore issues of equity and social justice through visual culture. November 15 is the deadline for submissions. VCG will consider manuscripts that address gender issues in the context of visual culture and arts education.

VCG Volume 11 is Live Online

In Volume 11, authors consider witnessing, performance, and complexity of trauma, mental illness, and women artists who have been all but forgotten. Witnessing can be of your own life, of others’ lives, or witnessing the act of witnessing itself. Witnessing is performed and can be especially powerful when shared with others. Performance witnessing is public pedagogy.

Learn More $500 Teacher Grant


My name is Elizabeth Brown and I am the Communications Director for  I wanted to personally inform you of our second annual $500 Teacher Grant opportunity for AEI.

Like last year, we would love the teachers in your area to participate.  We respect the valuable work you do and would like to see your lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability.

Click the link below for the grant information and submission form:

The deadline for the submission is October 21, 2016.

Please note that we will be offering this grant opportunity on a reoccurring basis.

Thank you,

ElizabethElizabeth Brown
Communications Director
(800) 279-5230
6860 North Dallas Parkway Suite 228 | Plano, TX 75024

Western Region Leadership in NAEA

Connecting with Colleagues

Western Region GroupGreetings!  We are thrilled to be the Western Region leadership team for the next two years representing you and the thousands of other NAEA members that make up the wonderful Western Region.  Click HERE or on the group image above to read Cindy and Bob’s message to membership.

We also encourage you to visit our NAEA Western Region website ( westernregion/Home) and NAEA Western Region Facebook page.

Cindy and BobCindy Todd, NAEA Western Region Vice President, Michigan
Bob Reeker, NAEA Western Region Vice President-elect, Nebraska

Graduate Credit or License Renewal Opportunity

Understanding the National Core Arts Standards

This course will prepare arts or general educators to integrate the National Core Arts Standards into their daily teaching practices.

Registration for this course will close on Sept. 10, 2016.

Instructors:  Helen Duranleau-Brennan and Colleen Tomlinson
Session Number:  7081
Dates:  Sept. 20, Oct. 4 &18, and Nov. 1 & 29
Time:  5:30-8:30
Locations:  Mississippi Bend AEA, Bettendorf, IA

License Renewal Opportunity Oct 8 & 9


I am offering the willow works class again this fall through Heartland.

Willow: Using Indigenous Materials in the Classroom
(click link for class information)

sample willow basket project created in class
Sample Willow Basket

This is for license renewal only, so no outside class work.  The weekend workshop is open to anyone whether an educator or just someone interested in learning how to identify and collect wild willow and make a built basket.  This will give you the basic skills needed to expand into other forms.

Early October is a wonderful time of year:  cool and no mosquitos.  The two-day class is $60 with an additional materials fee.

Hope to see a few of you this fall,

Pam Dennis
Flock 9 Studios
Ogden, IA  50212

New Fine Arts Consultant for Iowa DOE

Matsuoka is the New Fine Arts Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education.
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My name is Angela Matsuoka, and I am the new Fine Arts Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education. I began my position at the DOE on July 1st.

A bit about me:  I’m originally from Seattle, WA.  I earned my B.A. in Studio Art from Grinnell College, and my M.A. in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  I taught at the high school and middle school levels in Washington D.C. before returning to Iowa in 2009.  From 2009 to 2014, I taught K-5 art in Urbandale Schools, and most recently served as Northwest Elementary’s art teacher in the Ankeny School district from 2014-2016.  My husband, our three year-old son Javy, and I reside in the Beaverdale neighborhood in Des Moines.


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.