AEI AWARDS DUE MAY 1st!
Awards are given each year to selected members of the Iowa arts education community that have shown stellar dedication to the craft of teaching art to children. AEI & NAEA give awards every year to honor the best art teachers and supporters of the arts in the state of Iowa and at the regional and national level.
Save the date!
June 20, 2019
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
FFA Enrichment Center
Des Moines Area Community College
1055 S.W. Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny
Registration opens in April.
Interested in learning more about Iowa's new fine arts standards? Are you new to the standards or familiar but needing more resources for alignment? Would you like to network with peers within your fine arts discipline and across all fine arts disciplines to have conversations around curriculum and best practices? Mark your calendars for the inaugural Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit. Come learn from leading state and national voices about the role the arts play in a 21st-century education and how pre-K-12 arts educators can make the most of their resources. The summit brings together teachers (who can earn a continuing-education credit), teaching artists, administrators, nonprofit arts leaders and others for a day of networking, learning and celebration organized by the Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Alliance for Arts Education.
The Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility is seeking school districts from around the country to participate in a unique and new professional development program to train all special education teachers from a school district in Arts-Based Creative Teaching Strategies under the direction of MINDPOP from Austin, Texas.
Creative Teaching is an arts-based instructional approach to education. Teachers will learn instructional strategies—instructional frameworks—that can be used across grade level, curricula, and lesson cycle throughout the school year. These strategies ultimately give opportunities for students with disabilities to interact with their curricula through four arts disciplines. The goal for each strategy is to deepen critical and creative thinking, as evidence by the research-basis behind each strategy. District will receive $10,000 over two years to defray participation costs.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: MARCH 20th, 2019
ANNUAL ART TEACHER WORKSHOP!
Connect and collaborate in professional development setting in order to improve our teaching skills as creative educators. Workshop hosted by Liz Lyons at Underwood Elementary School on March 22nd, 2019.
Y.A.M. FLAG DESIGN CONTEST WINNER
Congratulations to Angel Antonio!
This student's flag will be representing AEI at our NAEA National Conference.
Student: Angel Antonio
Teacher: Melissa Nelson
School: New Hampton High School
SUMMER ART RESIDENCY: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Students in grades 9-12 (current academic year) may apply for the Summer Art Residency (SAR), an immersive 3–week residency at The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center. Residency takes place July 7th through July 26th, 2019. Learn from world-class faculty on one of the premier arts campuses in the US. Participate in classes, workshops, evening tours, lectures, and events that will stretch you as an artist. The residency concludes with an art and reading showcase. Priority will be given to students who have participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
IOWA-BASED TEACHING ARTIST TRAINING DISCUSSION
Organized by the Iowa Arts council, a group of interested teachers, artists and organizations came together to discuss the need of providing an Iowa-Based Teaching Artist Training. Jennie Knoebel, Arts Learning Manager from the Iowa Arts Council, was a primary organizer/leader of this initiative. Now, the group is focusing on how to build a sustainable teaching artist field, researching unexplored resources and building awareness.
PD OPPORTUNITY: FINE ARTS STANDARDS
Our purpose is to promote excellence in visual arts education in Iowa through the advancement of knowledge and skills, professional development, service, and leadership.
ALL STATE & EMERGING EXCELLENCE
ALL STATE: SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 1, 2019 @ Noon
EMERGING EXCELLENCE: 2019 LOCATIONS: Osceola, Davenport & Cedar Falls
2019 NAEA National Convention—the largest gathering of visual arts education professionals in the world. Choose from 1,000+ engaging and informative sessions, workshops, tours, events, and exhibits designed by and for art educators. Brighten your professional and personal horizons in an impactful way while connecting with colleagues from around the globe.
There's nothing else like it!
PD OPPORTUNITY: FINE ARTS STANDARDS
Davenport Art Teachers Host Midwest Art Workshop
On Saturday, November 3rd, West, North, Central, and Creative Arts Academy art teachers hosted the Midwest Art Workshop at West High. Student attendees received portfolio reviews by 12 different colleges and art galleries across the country, interacted via Google Hangouts with current college students in their studios across the country, and enjoyed plenty of hands-on activities, including a screen printing lesson where they printed their own workshop t-shirt. Professional artist John Bald was the featured presenter, and students got the chance to work with other professional artists in hands-on situations.
EVENT ORGANIZED BY AEI MEMBER, DAVE SCHAEFFER
The Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Arts Council, and Iowa Alliance for Arts Education are excited to announce plans to co-sponsor the first ever Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit on June 20th, 2019. The Summit will celebrate the 2017 adoption of Iowa's Fine Arts Standards and offer professional development around our new standards for all five fine arts disciplines - dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. By sharing your input, we can better tailor this event to suit your needs. Please take and share this survey with any fellow educators, administrators, or community partners that would be interested in learning more about fine arts education and Iowa's Fine Arts Standards.
Survey open until November 16th
AEI MEMBER FEATURED IN "Amazing Iowa Women A to Z"
AEI President, Kathleen Sweet has five illustrations featured in "Amazing Iowa Women A to Z" that highlights the stories of nearly 100 Iowa women from different historical eras, diverse backgrounds, and a range of professions. Iowa-based artists created each of the portraits in the book.
Kathleen, "I think my favorite is The Times with Nickole Hannah Jones." Jones grew up in Waterloo. She is an investigative journalists who writes for The New York Times to expose injustices perpetuated by the government and defend people who are susceptible to being taken advantage of. She has also written a book about school segregation.
Published by Raygun
Y.A.M. Flag design Competition
Submit up to 3 entries from students K-12 for a design to represent Iowa on a flag displayed at the Youth Art Month exhibit at the National Convention. Entries due by Dec 1st, open to all AEI/NAEA member teachers. To enter, make a copy of the Slide File, which is your official entry form, and enter your student information. Send the file to email@example.com for official submission to the selection committee.
Originally, when I began including the “why’s” behind my art lessons, it was simply to coax my seventh graders into deeper levels of engagement. Yet while all fully participated, had fun, and mastered the rubric objectives, my kiddos could not independently recall or apply the learned content in the next lesson. In trying to prompt recall, I’d say, “Do you remember what we learned about color schemes?” In response, as if hearing the words for the first time, their puzzled expressions spoke volumes. When I began to acknowledge their struggle for basic understanding, it was then I realized the greater importance of “why”: the facilitation of transfer.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Student Opportunity
PD OPPORTUNITY: Fine arts Standards
AEI WINTER COUNCIL MEETING
2019 NAEA NATIONAL CONVENTION