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MCA Professional Development Opportunity

Out There: A Symposium on Contemporary Practice, Art and Civility.

Saturday, April 26­­
10 am – 6 pm

K–12 educators are invited to a daylong symposium exploring the relationship between contemporary practice, civic engagement, art, and the work of museums. This event brings together artists, activists, curators, educators, and historians from around the world. Learn more.

The themes driving this symposium—collaboration, community outreach, civic engagement, and the role of the arts—have clear pedagogical implications in and beyond the walls of the classroom.

Teachers will gather during the lunch hour for a special breakout meal. Hosted and conceptualized by artist and activist collective Potluck: Chicago, this lunch will provide a sociable space for educators to collectively and creatively explore the conference’s driving questions. Attendees will receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage will be provided pending availability. $6 Teacher Tickets include conference admission and lunch. Purchase online.

2014-2015 IAEA Student Art Show Call for Entries!

student showEach year the IAEA selects 40 pieces of outstanding student artwork for display at the IAEA conference and at locations throughout the state. This show is an excellent opportunity for students across the state in grades K-12 to display their work and talents. It also demonstrates to the public the breadth of experience young people in Illinois are getting in their arts program. This is your chance to showcase some of your students’ artwork by submitting entries for consideration in this up and coming year’s show. Read more…

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 Read more…


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…

MCA Multiple Visit Field Trip Program

Multiple Visit Field Trip Program

The MCA brings the Common Core to life by offering students a chance to debate, discuss, and connect to works of art through multiple visits to the museum and teacher professional development. Designed in alignment with the Speaking and Listening strand of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards, our new program uses contemporary art and ideas to sharpen your students’ critical thinking skills and abilities to engage in meaningful and collaborative dialogue and inquiry. Read more…