Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

FAEA is ringing in the new year with new board members and new opportunities for you and your students to get involved this Spring! Continue reading to find out more about what FAEA has in store for you this year.
Monthly News from the President's Palette
Hello Art Educators and Friends,

What an exciting conference! I hope you are beginning to try some of the new ideas and inspirations in your classroom! Planning is already beginning for the 2018 FAEA Conference that will be held in St. Petersburg in October. Thank you to those who have provided feedback on the Conference Survey. The outgoing and incoming Board are reviewing your responses. We appreciate the feedback and constructive criticism to ensure your conference is the best possible experience. Save the date, October 18-21, 2018 for "Vintage Vogue: Time to Shine!"

Dr. Nicole Crane has led our organization for the past two years and will now begin her position as Past President. She has guided us through hurricanes and hoorays with grace and brilliance. She set an incredible example, and I am grateful to have learned from the mentoring she gave me during her presidency. With Dr. Crane and incoming President-Elect, Dr. Jackie Henson-Dacey, by my side, I look forward to continuing the legacy of FAEA. I am eager to begin working with a group of talented and diverse leaders from across the state for our incoming 2018-2019 Board of Directors in creating a dynamic vision for FAEA. I am very lucky to be a part of such a vibrant community of educators! 

The first board meeting is planned for January in St. Petersburg. The meeting will cover an in-depth training on board responsibilities and conduct the current business of the association. As part of the board meeting, we will discuss FAEA’s Strategic Plan. 

There are several opportunities this spring to showcase student artwork and participate in professional development. 
  • FAEA will be submitting entries for The Florida Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition to the Council for Education in February. The winning Florida entry will have the honor of being produced into a flag which will be flown in Washington, D.C. during the month of March as we celebrate Youth Art Month. Additionally, the Florida YAM flag will be on exhibit at the YAM Exhibition at the National Art Education Association Convention.
  • FAEA is preparing for our annual K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition. You do not want your students to miss the opportunity to be a part of this digital exhibition. 
  • The National Art Education Association Convention is March 22-24, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. We hope to see Florida well represented! 

I would like to thank the staff at The Center for Fine Arts Education (CFAE) for their terrific assistance preparing the incoming Board. As the association management company for FAEA, their support is critical to our ongoing success.

There will soon be a call for FAEA volunteer committee members. I encourage you to become a leader in FAEA by participating.  

As we enter the New Year, I wish each of you the very best! Thank you for all you do, and here’s to a new year filled with joy, love, and creativity!

Lark Keeler
 FAEA Student Activities
Youth Art Month
FAEA invites all art educators to participate in Youth Art Month (YAM) activities! YAM is a national arts advocacy program that is celebrated during the month of March, but you can get your students involved now by doing activities that celebrate art education.

Visit the FAEA website to learn more about how you can celebrate art education in the classroom.

YAM Flag Design Competition

Submit your students' designs for Florida's Youth Art Month Flag Competition! The theme for this year is Building Community through Art . Flag designs should communicate an aspect of Florida's culture, history, and/or geography.

The deadline for submitting flag design entries is January 17th, 2018.

Click here to learn more about the Youth Art Month program.
K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition
The purpose of this program is to serve as a statewide assessment for visual art and promote the achievements of students enrolled in visual art classes throughout Florida. Sargent Art will generously sponsor prizes for the FAEA K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition

Download the Support Letter to show your administration the importance of this program.

Submission Requirements
  • 2018 entries will be accepted up to March 5th, 2018
  • The teacher must be a current FAEA member
  • You may enter one (1) entry per student
  • You may enter as many students as you would like
  • There is a $5.00 fee per entry
  • All forms of media are accepted
  • Entry photographs should be JPG files
  • Signed release forms must be sent to the FAEA office by Monday, March 12th, 2018

Visit to find out more information about the program, prizes, rubrics, and submission instructions.
Professional Development Opportunities
Present at the 2018 FAEA Conference!
Share your knowledge and support visual arts education in Florida as a Presenter at the 2018 FAEA Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 18th - 21st, 2018 ! The conference theme will be "Vintage Vogue: Time to Shine!"

This is a great opportunity to enhance the professional skills of your colleagues and further your own professional development.

Presentation proposal submissions will be accepted in April and May of 2018.
Thank you for your membership with 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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