Monday, January 17, 2022
In this week's email:

  • January 18 NAEA webinar: Community Vibrancy
  • Art+Story/Art+Rhyme go virtual at The Broad beginning January 19
  • CAEA South Update
  • Visual Arts Integration Specialist Opening
  • California Arts Education Framework Virtual Launch
  • NAEA 2022 Convention 1/27/2022 discounted registration deadline
  • Junk Couture . . . coming soon!
  • 5 Ways to Foster Creative Leadership in the Art Room
  • URBANITE Arts and Film Festival
  • 2022 K-12 Coastal Art and Poetry Contest
  • Let Us Know!
  • Student Voices Campaign
  • NAEA Virtual Preconventions
  • Cooper Hewitt High School Design Competition
  • Science Without Borders® Challenge! annual art contest
  • Make a donation
  • Join or renew your NAEA/CAEA membership
We invite you to tune in to this month’s NAEA Town Hall Conversation Tuesday, January 18, from 7–8 pm ET as we explore Community Vibrancy.

This virtual series tackles a fresh topic monthly and is guided by a panel of experts and practitioners from both within and beyond the visual arts education field—and by YOU! Register in advance to submit your most critical questions related to the conversation topic for consideration. Additionally, every Town Hall Conversation will result in a call to action and an informational download.
About this month's conversation:
2022 is the year of NAEA’s 75th Anniversary! In honor of this milestone, our Town Hall series this year will continue to tackle fresh content that is relevant to visual arts, design, and media arts educators while looking back at NAEA’s history and ahead to our future. Each conversation will reflect on lessons learned and discoveries made through an honest dialogue acknowledging challenges, accomplishments, and growth. 
Our January conversation will explore past, present, and future approaches to keeping our visual arts, design, and media arts community vibrant and healthy, including social emotional learning (SEL) and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I). Are you interested in building community in your classroom, among your peers, or at the state level? Please share your questions for the panel and join us for this conversation.

(Grades 3-8)

Art+Story engages students and teachers in a lively discussion around one artwork on view which students later respond to through creative story writing.

(Grades 9-12)

Art+Rhyme asks students to find new ways to creatively explore art through writing poetry. Discussions focus on one artwork.
Led by a program facilitator, classes will view and engage with an artwork through a guided virtual experience live from the museum’s galleries. The 45-minute virtual programs will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:00am and 10:30 am PST from January 19th, 2022-May 27th, 2022.

Please email if you have any questions.
Attention CAEA Southern Area Members

Our CAEA Southern Area Board has new leadership, and our main priority is building a stronger COMMUNITY between visual arts educators in Southern California. To do this, we need your help!

Please support us by applying for one of the open Southern Area board or committee positions! 

Looking forward to connecting,

~Alisha Mernick
Southern Area President
Short-term, Part-time Visual Arts Integration Specialist Opening in Burbank

My name is Amy Sheldon. I am a third-grade teacher in Burbank, California.  I am looking for an art teacher/teaching artist to come into our third-grade classrooms to teach a 45-minute art lesson to each of our 4 classes. We are looking to schedule this for every Friday for an 8-week period, hopefully February - April (exact schedule to be determined).  

We have funding for an 8-week visual arts program (teacher and supplies) from our school’s parent/teacher organization. I am looking to submit 2-3 names of amazing art teachers/teaching artists to my principal for final approval. 
This temporary art teacher/teaching artist MUST be fully vaccinated and provide a resume/applicable paperwork requested by our school district/Board of Education. 
Our ideal lesson would include:
-a well-known work of art as inspiration
-a quick introduction about the artist
-a mini-lesson on an element/principle of art
-a project or activity that applies that element/principle and where students can feel successful and complete their work in the time allotted. 

We would also encourage any lessons to align to CA arts standards when possible.
If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact me at

Thank you.
Amy Sheldon
Ms. Sheldon
R.L. Stevenson Elementary School
Burbank, CA


The intent of arts education in California is that it is equitable and accessible to each and every student. Join the virtual launch of the California Arts Education Framework on March 1, 2022 to learn more!

Don’t miss out on the savings! The deadline for discounted registration ends on January 27, 2022.

The largest gathering of visual arts, design, and media arts educators in the world is getting even larger! Join us for the 2022 NAEA National Convention—happening both in person in New York City and virtually, March 3–5, 2022. Engage in hundreds of options for professional learning, connectivity, creativity, and inspiration—no matter what format you choose!

We’re dedicated to offering options for attending the 2022 NAEA National Convention so you can choose what works best for YOU. Engage in an outstanding professional learning experience via the In Person, Virtual, or Hybrid formats—all designed to provide you with inspiration, connection, and insight.

IN PERSON: Hundreds of live sessions, workshops, tours, events, and museum discounts are available to you when you register for NAEA22 In Person in New York City.

VIRTUAL: Can’t travel to New York? No worries! You can still connect to 65+ live sessions, plus special workshops, dozens of pre-recorded sessions, and more—plus exclusive Virtual-only content when you register for NAEA22 Virtual.

HYBRID: Get the best of both worlds when you register for NAEA22 Hybrid. You get full access to the In Person and Virtual content mentioned above.

The world's biggest community of sustainably-minded, young creatives is coming to California this year, and you can get involved!

Junk Kouture is a free, creative program for students aged 13-18 which challenges them to create couture fashion from 100% recycled materials. Having recently launched to huge success in New York, Junk Kouture factors in creativity, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and design, as well as acting as a platform for self-development and learning for its community.

Beginning in September and culminating in live spectacles throughout the world from May to September, this is your students' chance to be celebrated by global audiences for their talents.
If you are interested in getting involved for the 2022/23 competition, please contact Nathan at, and we will be more than happy to organize a call to provide more information.
Many thanks,
T. +44 (0)77 40288 059
5 Ways to Foster Creative Leadership in the Art Room

Courtesy of
The Art of Education University

Being an art teacher is one of the best jobs ever. Your days are full of sharing your passion for art, and you get to make cool stuff with your students. So much of what you do every day promotes creative leadership in the art room. In addition, you skillfully guide your students toward a common goal throughout the entire teaching and learning process.

Great art teachers are leaders themselves and foster those leadership characteristics within their art rooms. School can be rigid at times, but the art room is the perfect place to cultivate creativity and build leadership skills. Both will benefit your students in the long run.

Deadline to Enter: January 31, 2022
Click here for details.
K-12 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

For California Students Grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Winners in art and poetry will be selected in each of five grade-level categories (K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12) to receive a $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials or a bookstore. Each winner’s teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate from Acorn Naturalists. All winning and honorably mentioned art and poetry will be part of a traveling exhibit.
Entry deadline: January 31, 2022
Enter online at or mail in your entry.
Winners will be announced in April.
  • California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Entries can be submitted online until midnight January 31, 2022.   
  •  For rules, contest flyer, entry form (and helpful links for teachers and students), please visit The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish. (If you need the flyer emailed instead, please let me know.) Alternatives to online entry are available if needed.
  • Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 gift certificates to Blick Art Supply (for artists) or bookstore (for poets). Each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists. Students may have their work featured on Commission web pages and materials, and winners and honorable mentions will be exhibited throughout the state, as conditions allow.    
Artwork from the 2021 contest by Sterling Volz, kindergarten
Click here for additional details.

Do you have something to share that you think other CAEA members would be interested in knowing about? We'd love to hear about it. Simply email us at
Attention all middle and high school principals and administrators! 
Please share this amazing opportunity, the Student Voices Campaign, with your students and teachers!
Deadline to enter: February 7, 2022
The Student Voices Campaign (SVC) puts students in the driver's seat of art and activism, and is an opportunity for students to use their art to create change in their schools and communities. The campaign also provides a CCSS aligned unit for teachers to guide students in the process of civic engagement.

The Student Voices Campaign is an annual statewide creative arts challenge for students grades 7-12. Student artists have a chance to win cash, prizes and have their work showcased at a statewide event. This year, the Student Voices Campaign asks students from any arts disciplines: How do the arts support mental health and create cultural understanding?
Students who participate in the Student Voices Campaign will complete a project that includes Common Core English Language Arts Anchor Standards, California Arts Standards, and California History-Social Science Content Standards. 

Let your students and colleagues know about SVC and the power of arts education to amplify student voices. Share this toolkit and check out our website for more information.
This year, NAEA Preconventions are being held virtually through our NAEA22 online platform. Join your colleagues in early February—no matter where you are—for the Museum Education, Research, or Supervision and Administration Division Preconvention and amplify your professional learning before you attend the 2022 NAEA National Convention.

2022 NAEA Supervision and Administration Division Preconvention
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 11am–5pm ET
This Preconvention is taking place virtually
Creating a Culture of Belonging
From social–emotional learning to the role of research in art education, we’ll explore facets of what is needed to ensure art education continues to grow, evolve, and remain a strong and vibrant component of students’ education. Join us as we dive into topics such as amplifying student voice, curriculum and assessment, culturally responsive teaching, and media arts. Learn from experts in the field and collaborate with your peers. This year’s Supervision and Administration Preconvention, supported largely through a partnership with Davis Publications, will continue to be packed with learning and networking opportunities.  Cost: $59
2022 NAEA Museum Education Division Preconvention
Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 11am–7pm ET
This Preconvention is taking place virtually
Advocacy in Action: Museum Educators as Changemakers
Building on our collective work from the 2021 Preconvention, join museum educators
from the United States and beyond to explore how to build more equitable, inclusive spaces through the lenses of advocacy and resilience. We will spend the day learning from one another. Also, we will explore ways in which to champion our colleagues, audiences, and ourselves on both micro and macro scales. How can our collective actions contribute to a more resilient future for museum educators while leading the field toward justice?  Cost: $59
2022 NAEA Research Preconvention
Saturday, February 12, 2022 | 11am–7pm ET
This Preconvention is taking place virtually
What's Your Why? Arts Education Research as a Common Enterprise
The 2022 Research Preconvention, What’s Your Why? Arts Education Research as a Common Enterprise, will focus on areas of inquiry that explore the multitude of ways educators, leaders, and artists embrace the role of researcher in a range of diverse contexts. The Preconvention will focus on the following themes: Research to Practice; Creative Practice as Research; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Building Research Networks in Art Education. Cost: $59

Announcing the 2022 National High School Design Competition!

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum challenges teens across the country with: What would you design for a more peaceful and just world? The competition is free to enter with entries due on Monday, February 28, 2022, and prizes include inspiring mentoring opportunities with leading designers and experts in the field.
Visit to learn more about this year’s challenge. If you’re no longer eligible, we encourage you to share this remarkable opportunity with any high school friends.
We look forward to seeing what you design! Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you,
National High School Design Competition Team
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is now accepting entries for the Science Without Borders® Challenge!
This annual art contest inspires students from all over the world to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues. The theme of this year’s student art competition is “Ridge to Reef.” Prizes of up to $500 will be awarded for artwork that best illustrates how coral reefs can be protected using a ridge to reef approach to conservation.
The Science Without Borders® Challenge is an international art contest open to all students who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). All entries must be received by March 7 to be eligible to win. 
To learn more about the Science Without Borders® Challenge and how to apply, visit
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Dustin Garnet
California Art Education Association  
California Art Education Association