FAEA is committed to providing high-quality professional development opportunities for members. That is why FAEA has redeveloped our summer programming to better suit our members during this time of social distancing.

Join fellow FAEA members and past president, Lark Keeler, for a virtual Book Club meeting on June 11th from 6 - 7 PM. We’ll be discussing the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and her advice for living a life with courageous creativity. Register online to attend this virtual book club meeting!

This summer’s ArtLabs will be held virtually in July in four different one-hour workshops. Each interactive ArtLab will be held LIVE online for $5. Participants will receive a certificate for completing one hour of professional development. Continue reading or visit the summer workshops page on the FAEA website to learn more about each ArtLab.

Have you made any artwork lately? Consider submitting it in FAEA’s Member Virtual Exhibition . Artwork submissions are now being accepted until September 8th. Visit the FAEA website to view the rules and eligibility to participate in the 2020 Member Virtual Exhibition.

The end of the school year is also a time of reflection. Each year, FAEA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the field of art education. If you know a colleague or friend that you believe should be recognized for their contribution to art education, please nominate them for an FAEA Award.  Submissions for award nominations are open until June 30th. Visit the FAEA website as to view the award guidelines and rubrics, and to submit your nominations.
Postcard from the President
Live, Love, Laugh…that is what June brings forth in our art world. In these past months it seems as if we are living a life of devotion (to our profession) and solitude (distance from many). We love the time to create our own art and learn some new techniques for the studio classroom. With the art that we have created it is now time to think about the Member Virtual Exhibition . Participating in this exhibition will help us share our stories, lives, and gain a sense of personal pride in all that we do. We also love to laugh together, and FAEA has the best offerings of summer virtual programming to spark the need for shared experiences. Please consider reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert and participating in the Book Club facilitated by our past president, Lark Keeler. The July Virtual ArtLabs are up and ready for registration. Each ArtLab will be an hour of interactive fun along with a completion certificate for professional development credit to bring back to your districts for re-certification! This will provide us with a new type of experiential learning community to help us start to unwind from the 4th quarter COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Living a life of purposeful exploration and recognizing the work done by our peers, colleagues, and friends often reveals a dedication to our profession and resiliency to succeed through hardship. Now is the time to help those individuals get the recognition that is well desired. The candidates become the beacon of excellence in art education representing the state of Florida. The nominations are now open , and I am so proud of the work the Award’s Committee accomplished this past year with the newly developed Pearl Krepp’s Legacy Award. Awarding someone like Pearl, a life-long leader and lover of the arts for their unwavering support, dedication, commitment, and passionate work that has significantly shaped arts education.

Loving our past and present through the comprehensive virtual museums that are popping up free for all educators to stoke their passion for our global heritage. Take time out to examine where Art Education started in the state of Florida. Look through the decades of this digital resource A Florida Art History . A loving gratitude for our retiree group for recognizing the importance of a shared history and keeping this project relevant and assessable for all to applaud. Another resource that is extremely valuable is the FAEA Digital Resources page on our website. The Board of Directors curated these resources for our community as the need to switch to distance learning became a necessity. We invite you to return to these resources and examine them closely as we begin exploring hybrid instructional continuity plans for the next academic and artistic programming.

Laughing cultivates a steady mind for creative work and leadership. The Board of Directors participated in a virtual May Board meeting, where we began exploring and defining the emergent subjective experience that is at the heart of the Creative Leadership Model. We began with the sharing of a redesign of artwork created at our first meeting in January. Part of living the model of leadership in an art education association is to explore what it means to be a creative leader - revealed through art-making practices. Members of the board shared 30 second video clips of their redesigns, inclusive of a narrative that provided the pathway toward personal awareness of their own journey. These 30 second vignettes, Creative Moments , provided our Board with a deeper connection to aesthetic contextualism. This guiding philosophy of art occupies an important place in the Creative Leadership Model. The importance of living through aesthetics has been revealed in writings of some of the greatest creative minds his history: Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Hegel, Sartre, Dewey, and more. Why is aesthetic contextualism so important for art education leaders? Both art and philosophy are concerned with values, what makes life worth living, purposeful expression, clarity of vision and voice, and creative innovation connecting us through culture, community, and products of the mind. Sharing our artistic gifts and learning how to appreciate others weaves the tapestry of our organization into the commanding position for positive messaging with our local, county, and state communities. Share your voice, and those of your students, with local and district leaders, open both heart and mind while offering strength and comfort in the present as we prepare for the future.

Dr. Jackie Henson-Dacey
FAEA President
Professional Development
FAEA Book Club

During these unprecedented times, FAEA wants to remain closely connected to our members, by providing engaging, thoughtful, and timely opportunities, featuring innovative virtual programming and online interactive platforms .

This Summer, FAEA is starting up a Book Club for members to come together (virtually) to learn and discuss  Big Magic  by Elizabeth Gilbert. Find a copy of the book to read before meeting on June 11th, from 6:00-7:00pm EST.

Join FAEA’s Book Club by signing up on the FAEA website  here. Hurry! Limited spaces are available.
Virtual ArtLabs

FAEA is hosting four virtual ArtLabs in July for members to learn, create, and earn professional development credit. Each ArtLab is $5 and will be a one-hour interactive workshop.

ArtLab: "Rizzi City" in the style of James Rizzi
Target Audience: Elementary
July 3, 2020; 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Presenter: Joanna Davis

ArtLab: Pocket Monuments: Mini Shrines for Major Figures in Florida History
Target Audience: Grades 4-12
July 16, 2020; 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Presenter: Dr. Sara Scott Shields

ArtLab: Beyond Traditional Batik
Target Audience: Grades 6-12
July 24, 2020; 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Presenter: Heather Hagy

ArtLab: Creative Collage
Target Audience: Grades 6-12
July 27, 2020; 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Presenter: Dr. Jackie Henson-Dacey

Visit the FAEA website to learn more about each virtual ArtLab and register to participate. Spaces are limited!
Member Virtual Exhibition
Now Accepting Artwork Submissions!
The purpose of the Member Virtual Exhibition is to provide the opportunity for members to participate in a statewide, juried competition of their peers. FAEA proudly sponsors this exhibition to foster and encourage our members as working artists and we celebrate their accomplishments!  

Submit your artwork by September 8th to participate in the 2020 Member Virtual Exhibition.
Thank you for your support of 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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