Are you ready for the 2019 FAEA Professional Development Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach? The FAEA Conference will take place at the Marriott Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa on November 7-10. There will be over 175 conference sessions , an Artist Bazaar to buy handmade crafts and artwork by members, a raffle , the Big Giveaway for new art teachers, and a new app to make navigating conference easier! If you haven't registered already, you may register online until October 27th . Make sure you take advantage of the early online pricing!

Remember to vote for the 2020-2021 FAEA Board of Directors! Login to your FAEA Account to view full candidate profiles and cast your votes. Voting will close on November 8th at 2:30pm , and results will be announced during the Second General Session at the FAEA Conference.

FAEA is now accepting student artworks for the 2020 K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition! The deadline for FAEA members to submit their students' artwork into the assessment program is March 8th, 2020 . You can view the 2020 requirements and prize structure, and view past K-12 exhibitions on the FAEA website .
Monthly News from the President's Palette
This month I have been contemplating the power of finding your community . I fondly remember my first FAEA Annual Conference and of how I walked away from the experience with a wonder and curiosity about the people that I had met that were doing work like me in many different ways. The attendees cared about art, education, connection, and transformation. I was hooked. I hadn’t felt this sense of belonging before, and now I had discovered the place of my people! 

This may seem a bit warm and fuzzy to some folks, but I recently read an article published in Psychology Today , detailing the health benefits of finding your “team.” Finding your group protects your health, and “human beings nourish one another.” Another article I read stated, “being part of a collective of people you click with can make you feel empowered and strong, augmenting your life and enriching it with positivity.” 

Like many of you, I am the only visual art educator in my school, and it can be a bit lonely. In an online article , it listed encouragement, support, challenge, gratitude, and celebration as the benefits of finding a community and being an active part of it. I think that list is a very accurate representation of what FAEA means to me.

This is the time of year when our group reconnects. Attending the FAEA Annual Conference nourishes us, inspires and instills wonderment in us, and energizes and uplifts us. The importance of being in a community has always been known, but after you have attended a conference, you can actually feel the results. The conference homecoming event that over 600 art educators attend builds solidarity, cohesive unity, and works to reverse the effects of depletion of spirit. The sister and brotherhood of FAEA membership restores our passion for a profession that we are deeply connected with. The friendships made there keep us healthy and make our lives better, even beyond the profession of art education.

The first time I attended conference, a colleague invited me. It was a life-transforming event. I encourage you to reach out to your art education family, and invite them to reconnect to our larger state community this November.

Lark Keeler
FAEA President
2019 FAEA Annual Conference
Registration Info
Register online today to attend the 2019 FAEA Annual Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach on November 7th-10th.

Early online registration will close on October 27th, 2019.

Login to your FAEA account to register for conference, view the conference schedule, and purchase tickets for paid events.
Artist Bazaar
The Artist Bazaar is an event during the FAEA Conference where FAEA members and local artists have the opportunity to browse, buy, and sell handmade crafts and artwork.

The Artist Bazaar will take place on Friday, November 8th from 9:00-10:30pm at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.

Are you interested in selling at the Artist Bazaar? Send your application and payment to FAEA by October 25th. Click here to learn more.
Donate items for the Big Giveaway at Conference!
Do you feel the need to un-clutter your art storage closets? Thin out your art library? Please consider donating these items to this year's Big Giveaway at FAEA's Professional Development Conference. Each year, this event has been hugely successful, and we want this year to be no different. Items can be as simple as a bag of plastic containers for water, or as elaborate as a set of art prints or art education books. These young teachers will grab them up and be forever grateful to you. Bring your donations to registration, and we will be sure to get them to our storage area until we are ready for the event on Saturday, November 9. Thank you in advance for your generosity. #FAEA2019  
FAEA's New App is Now Available!
FAEA's new event app will make navigating Conference easier than ever! The app features the most up-to-date information on conference sessions, times and locations, hotel maps, and announcements.

The FAEA app is available to use on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Click here on your mobile device to download the app on the App Store and on Google Play.
Student Opportunities
K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition
The FAEA K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition is Florida's premier program for assessing student artwork, as well as promoting the artistic achievements of these students and their teachers.

We are pleased to announce that Sargent Art will be sponsoring the prizes for the 2020 K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition.

Visit the FAEA website to learn more about the program requirements, rubrics, and prize structure.

Login to your FAEA account to submit your students' artwork.
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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