It is never too early to start thinking about the new year, especially now that the first half of the Fall semester is behind us. FAEA has two student opportunities for the Spring semester that you can get involved in now: Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition and the K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition.

This past month, FAEA hosted an incredibly successful Annual Conference in beautiful St. Petersburg. We would like to thank all of our attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and all of the venues we used in helping us make our conference a big hit!

FAEA encourages everyone who hasn't voted yet to get out there and vote! Check your schedules and make sure to find a way to vote today.
Monthly News from the President's Palette
What a wonderful time we had in St. Petersburg!

Thank you to the Board of Directors and to the many volunteers, presenters, facilitators, PAEA, and CFAE staff members that helped create the most attended conference that we have had in six years! From outstanding keynote speakers, Terry Barrett and Cassie Stevens, to terrific workshops, forums, and panels, to celebrations of each other and our profession, the 66 th annual conference is one that is sure to be remembered!

I would like to take a moment to honor our 2018 FAEA Award Winners . At the Awards Breakfast during our conference, I spoke about how our awardees reminded me of dandelions. Dandelions are persistent. We find them pushing through cracks in sidewalks and in lawns determined to flourish. They rise to the challenge and bring beauty to sometimes overlooked and unexpected places. Dandelions are healthy—they nourish us! And most importantly, dandelions don’t expect anything in return. Even when at their peak beauty—filled with seeds ready to take flight—they become the grantors of others’ wishes and dreams.

We celebrate our members to recognize individuals who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education and to show appreciation for those that have contributed their services in an exemplary way to the association and to the professional goals we share. Think for a moment of all of the “dandelions” that are in your life, demonstrating persistence and determination, rising to the challenges while nourishing others, and helping so many discover and achieve their wishes and dreams. 

If you are a “dandelion,” please keep spreading those seeds of inspiration, compassion, hope, creativity, and optimism. Be on the lookout for information about summer programming, the K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition , YAM Flag Design Competition , and of FAEA get-togethers at the NAEA Conference in Boston this March .

If you are interested in joining an FAEA committee, please reach out to to let us know. We would love to have your help!

Happy Fall!

Lark Keeler
FAEA President
Student Opportunities
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.

YAM Flag Design Competition

Submit your students' designs  for Florida's 2019 Youth Art Month Flag Competition! The winning flag design will represent the state of Florida at the National Art Education Association Conference in March at the YAM Museum. The theme for this year is  Your Art, Your Story . Flag designs should communicate an aspect of Florida's culture, history, and/or geography.

Flag design submissions will be accepted through January 18th, 2019.

Click here  for full details about the Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition and to learn how you can celebrate art education in the classroom.

2018 YAM Flag Design Competition Winner

Jade Levy (Grade 9)
Mays Conservatory of the Arts
Teacher: Gerald Obregon

2019 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 2019 FAEA K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition.

Submission Requirements
  • 2019 entries will be accepted from November 1st, 2018, to March 12th, 2019
  • 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 19th, 2019

Visit the  FAEA website  to find out more information about the program, prizes, rubrics, and submission instructions.
Let your voice be heard!
2018 FAEA Conference Survey
We are inviting ALL FAEA members to participate in the 2018 FAEA Conference survey. Please take two minutes today to complete our  Conference Survey

FAEA would like to hear your comments about this year's Annual Conference in St. Petersburg. Your responses will help guide FAEA in providing an improved conference experience and enriched member services for the future.

Your vote is important to arts education in Florida in the 2018 Midterm Elections!

If you have not voted yet, be sure to show up to the polls  TODAY

Our goal is to have 100% of FAEA members vote in the General Election to show our elected leaders that Art Teachers Vote!   

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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