We hope you are looking forward to 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. Early registration will be open until October 27th.

Good news! The submission deadline for the 2019 Member Virtual Exhibition has been extended to Tuesday, September 10th . We invite you to submit your entries this weekend and be a part of a program designed specifically to recognize outstanding artists who are FAEA members. Winning entries will be featured at the FAEA Conference in November, and the top awards will be honored during the Awards Breakfast on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

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 you are having a productive and exciting start to your school year, and I hope I will see you this November at the 2019 FAEA Annual Conference.   As we begin the busiest time of Hurricane Season, I send you well wishes and the hope that you will find safety and strength through the storms. 

Hocus Pocus!

I love studying the etymology (the history and origin of the meaning of words), and recently, I was researching the word magic.  It got me thinking… You know the days when your lesson is smoothly moving along, students are engaged and inspired, making things that they are invested in, and students are expressing, developing, and exploring ways to solve creative challenges, imagining new approaches? Those are the days when you smile and think, I was born to do this! That is classroom magic in action. 

When researching the word magic, I found that the origins of the word describe, “influencing or predicting events,” and “producing marvels.”  That sounds like it could be any given moment in a successful and inspired art teacher’s classroom!  Classroom magic is when we create enchanting experiences for our students (beyond the magical markers). Shakespeare references magic when writing, “a charm of looks,” in Romeo and Juliet.  I have met those charming art educators that draw their students into a lesson as if they were put under a spell of classroom magic more powerful than Harry Potter could cast! Even the magical idea of conjuring (“making something out of nothing”), is something that all art teachers have extensive experience in practicing. 

We art teachers are like magicians, transforming students and the world. We definitely have much more than just the sleight of hand, or a few tricks up our sleeves! We are inspiring everyday marvels.

Have a magical school year!

Lark Keeler
FAEA President
National Arts in Education Week
National Arts in Education Week is next week, September 8-14.

During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education. We hope that you can participate.

An essential part of this week is visibility. This is your chance to tell your own personal story of the transformative power of the arts in education. Share your story on social media using #BecauseOfArtsEd and #ArtsEdWeek . Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo!

Click here for more information.
FAEA's Big Giveaway
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  
NEW! FAEA's App Launching Soon!
FAEA's New App to Launch September 12th!
FAEA's new event app will make navigating Conference easier than ever! The app will feature the most up-to-date information on conference sessions, times and locations, hotel maps, and announcements.

The FAEA app will be available to use on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets starting on September 12th.
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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