As you enjoy these last days of summer, we hope that you continue to find the time to create new artwork to submit to the Member Virtual Exhibition ! FAEA is currently accepting entries until September 4th for the chance to be featured in the exhibition that will be displayed at conference and on our website. Learn more about the Member Virtual Exhibition on the FAEA website.

Make sure you save the date for the upcoming 2018 FAEA Annual Conference in St. Petersburg on October 18th-21st . This year's theme is Vintage Vogue: Time to Shine! Look out for the Fall issue of Fresh Paint in your mailbox for a preview of this year's conference. Starting Monday, August 6th, conference registration will open and the full conference schedule will be posted on the FAEA website.

Now is the perfect time to renew your FAEA membership for the 2018-2019 school year . FAEA has packed this year's schedule with professional development opportunities and art programs for your students. Renew your membership today and be ready for the Fall!

Do you know a colleague that would be interested in joining FAEA? If so, make sure they refer your name when they join online. As part of FAEA's Membership Drive, the five members with the most referrals by September 30th will be eligible to win a FREE conference registration ! For more information, visit FAEA's Membership Drive web page .
Monthly News from the President's Palette

I hope that your summer has brought you moments of reflection, balance, inspiration, and renewal. While we turn towards our last few days before schools reopen, my wish for you is that you find time to complete those last few summertime goals, and then begin to cultivate the excitement and energy that it takes to provide your students with the most magical year ever. 

At my school, I am part of a group of extraordinary educators who are affectionately called the Specials . It also defines us as specialists who have trained extensively and are maintaining an expertise in our subject matter. How fortunate we are to be the special teachers that create classroom atmospheres of supportive risk taking, exploration and inquiry, discovery and innovation, comfortable challenges, and positivity (quite regularly becoming the highlight of the day for many students). 

Art educators do create a special space — place-making and providing opportunities for students to learn about themselves and cultivate a voice. It is a space where students explore the beauty of the global world and the challenges that need to be addressed. It is a space where students find meaning in mark making, create connections, and grow in individual expression and technique. Remember that you are the special part of a learner’s day. We have a great responsibility living up to that label. 

FAEA’s Professional Development Committee, led by President-Elect, Dr. Jackie Henson-Dacey, have prepared a very special annual conference. I encourage you to ask administrative leaders as early as possible for support to attend. Maintaining our expertise as specialists involves continually learning about best practices in art education. Mark your calendars for the 66th Annual FAEA Professional Development Conference in beautiful St. Petersburg. Art educators from throughout the state will gather to celebrate, learn, make, and experience Vintage Vogue: Time to Shine!  You can learn more about registering for conference here.

As we begin to shift back into our specialized fall roles, please take a moment to consider entering your artwork into the 2018 FAEA Member Virtual Exhibition . The Member Virtual Exhibition was designed to provide a special opportunity for FAEA members to participate in a statewide, juried competition. FAEA proudly presents this exhibition to foster and encourage members to celebrate their artistic talents. All jurors are professionals in the visual arts field with expertise in the evaluation of artwork for exhibition. FAEA is currently accepting submissions through September 4, 2018. Don’t miss this great opportunity to showcase your professional artistic practice. Find out more information here.

Lark Keeler
FAEA President
Thank you for your support in FAEA. Our members help FAEA fulfill its mission of advocating and supporting high quality art education to all students in the state of Florida.


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