Visual Arts for All Students (VAAS)

AEI Task Force on Certification

Kids at Work

If you would like to be involved in a VAAS meeting and cannot attend in person, arrangements can be made for you to attend remotely through Skype or Facetime.  Contact one of the committee members listed below.

Mission Statement
Visual Arts classes (K-6) in Iowa Public Schools will be instructed by a highly qualified licensed art educator.

Vision Statement
All students deserve a comprehensive, balanced, and sequential program of instruction in visual arts.  The visual arts are a core discipline which make thinking visible.  Visual arts merit study as a means of effective communication, as historical components of civilization, and as providers of unique forms of knowledge to find self in their world through integration.  Schools and school districts have the responsibility to hire highly qualified and certified arts teachers to develop and maintain programs that reflect a global and 21st century education.

Help this task force in guiding lawmakers to mandate change in K-6 Visual Art licensing requirements.

Meeting dates and times are listed in the left column of the

For more information, contact us.

VAAS Chairperson
Carol Keller-Hein
Mediapolis C.S.D. Art Teacher
VAAS Committee Member
Kathleen Almelien
Art Educator, Retired
VAAS Secretary
Jeanna Gerot
Wapello Jr/Sr High School Art Teacher

References and Related Readings

“AEP-Arts State Policy Database Report Generator.” AEP-Arts State Policy Database Report Generator. N.p., 2010. Web. Apr. 2013.

Frankin, Joel. “Iowa Alliance for Arts Education.” Email. BASICS Program. IAAE, May 2013. Web. 10 July 2013.

Merryman, Po Bronson,Ashley. “The Creativity Crisis.” The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, 10 July 2010. Web. May 2013.

“NAEA – National Art Education Association- Professional Standards for Visual Arts Education.” ? National Art Education Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 July 2013.

NAEA. “NAEA – National Art Education Association.” NAEA Platform and Position Statements ? National Art Education Association. NAEA, July 2009. Web. July 2013.

Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. New York: Riverhead, 2005. Print.

“Prepared Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Report, “Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2009-10″” U.S. Department of Education. N.p., 2 Apr. 2012. Web. 10 July 2013

SEADAE. “Bulletin Board.” SEADAE. SEADAE, 26 June 2012. Web. Apr. 2013.

Tur, Katy. “Principal Fires Security Guards to Hire Art Teachers ? and Transforms Elementary School.” NBC News. N.p., 1 May 2013. Web. 10 July 2013.

“Status of Elementary Art Education: 1997-2004.” Laura H. Chapman . ©2005. Used with permission of the National Art Education Association