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Call for Entries 2014 Member Show

members show

Each year IAEA members have the opportunity to display their artistic side by entering work in the Member Show (also none  as the electronic Gallery). The show is juried with a cash award for the  top three artist. The artwork will be displayed at the fall IAEA conference at the Sheraton in Lisle November 6-8. This is a wonderful opportunity to display your work for the conference attendees, without having to physically bring it! The winners and participants will be recognized during the President’s Reception Friday evening, and the artwork will be displayed during the reception. Read more…


Instructional, Aspirational, Assessable

Using the Next Generation Visual Arts Standards

Join us for an overview of the new standards focusing on how Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions and grade-by-grade learning progressions paint a clear picture for students, teachers, administrators, parents and communities of what is gained through high quality arts education. Take a guided tour of the newly developed Model Cornerstone Assessments to explore important shifts in observing and documenting learning outcomes. Participants will collaboratively consider how the new standards suggest indicators of students’ knowledge and skills and then strategize as to how such indicators can become powerful evidence of student learning and authentic measures of teacher effectiveness. Presented by Olivia Gude with Anne Becker. Read more…

Apply today for Teacher Institute 2.0!

The Teacher Institute continues to be the MCA’s most immersive and collaborative professional development program. It launches this summer with a new program design, aimed at helping teachers conceptualize, incubate, and implement innovative, contemporary curriculum.

This year, the MCA will select 15 passionate, creative teachers who wish to shake up their practice and make an impact in the lives of their students and school community.

Spend part of your summer in an immersive, creative residency at the MCA, August 4-8th. Continue to make the MCA your haven, your studio, and your laboratory for a year while you develop a contemporary art–based classroom project.

The MCA will provide support, including a modest budget for resources, to help make your project a reality. Plus, the Institute is free! CPS teachers will earn Lane Credits and CPDUs.

Applications are due by June 22, 2014.

Learn more and download the application online.

MCA Teacher Institute 2.0 Overview 2014-2015 Teacher Institute Application

Visual Arts Research Update

CoverPageSpring (2)The new spring edition of Illinois Art Educations Association’s Visual Arts Research Update is out! Visit the Advocacy+Resources page to view, print and share with others. This would be a wonderful resource to share with district administrators and parents to help demonstrate the importance of visual art.

Evaluating School Tours: A Workshop for Museum Educators

IAEA members and friends are invited to join us for lively conversation with our colleagues at the first summer Museum Education workshop sponsored by the Illinois Art Education Association.

Monday, August 18,2014

10 am – 4 pm

McLean County Art Center, 601 N East St, Bloomington, IL.

$10 Early Bird Registration before June 15th.

$15 after June 15th.

Registration closes on August 1st.

This program will offer opportunities to learn about program evaluation and to meet colleagues from around the state. The morning will begin with an examination of school programs goals. We will then work collaboratively to develop a range of evaluation strategies, and to consider ways to use findings to guide program refinement.

The workshops will be facilitated by Rebecca Shulman Herz, a professional Museum Educator with over 15 years of experience in the field. She recently moved to Illinois from New York City, where she worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Noguchi Museum. Her experience includes gallery teaching, educator training, and program planning and evaluation. She has written a book, Looking at Art in the Classroom, which outlines the inquiry-based strategies used by both the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art school outreach program and school tours at both the Guggenheim and Noguchi Museums.

Click Here to Register


Summer Professional Development


Attention Art Educators…..are you looking for Professional Development opportunities designed just for you? To often, art teachers spend countless hours sitting in classes that aren’t relevant to their content area. The Northeast Council put together a list of some really great summer art educator opportunities for you. Some are free if accepted; others require a small fee, but many of these schools just want you to attend and will often reduce or waive the tuition. IAEA also offers grants for opportunities like these. Click here to get full list of summer opportunities.


IAEA Is proud to announce the NAEA Award winners from our state:

Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher
Theresa McGee

Western Region Higher Education Art Educator
Kryssi Staikidis

Western Region Art Educator
Kathryn Hillyer Read more…

Art to help struggling Rockford math students

ROCKFORD — Rockford Public Schools will use a $1.2 million grant in the next four years to offer arts-infused math instruction to students who struggle with traditional math.

The program will target sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Kennedy and Flinn middle schools. Students there who take two math classes Read more…

CPS to use TIF funds for Teachers

Chicago Public Schools said it will tap into $21.5 million in surplus tax increment financing funds to hire extra teachers for arts and daily physical education classes.

Last week, the financially strapped district announced that it planned to finally comply with state requirements Read more…