Advocacy – Staging II


5 Points for Advancing Art Education

Positive changes in art education require not merely advocacy, but leadership. Leadership inside classrooms, schools, and within the larger context of art education can forward the status of the field. Advancing the field requires an ongoing process of learning and renewal for the art educator.

  1. Every conversation counts: Whether your art program is robust or sparse, YOU are the sole representative of the entire field of art education. Always represent the depth, quality, and rigor of what you do every day. Ambassadorship is a full time job!
  2. Stay aware of the values of every audience: Communicate the importance of art education to in a way that appeals to the values of others.
  3. Develop parent and business community partners: Visibility and professional connections within the community can sustain your programming, lead to additional funding, and support local businesses. Parent involvement, properly organized, can also help elevate your status in the community.
  4. Remember your context: Leadership and advocacy should be sensitive to contextual factors. Challenging context norms without a track record of collaboration and success can be perceived as insensitive and out of touch.
  5. Be an exemplary teacher: Although the visual arts content is unique, good teaching and learning is easily recognized in any content area. There are many perceptions about art education classrooms, all of which you can challenge by demonstrating student learning, sharing well-articulated lesson plans, and structuring an enriching learning experience for students everyday. Involvement in your professional organization and pursuing advanced studies in the field of art education can afford you additional support.

This map includes a composite of data about art education in Illinois, by county. County and poverty information was generated from the Center for Education Statistics. Art Educator information came from the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher Service record.

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Advocate for your art program! Use National Art Education Association official position statements to support quality art education in your school or district.

Position-StatementAdvocacy Task Force

Back in November of 2012, the IAEA Board approved the Advocacy Task Force. IAEA members answered the call to participate in the Advocacy Task Force was born. Fast forward to 2018 members have connected with over a dozen art and education organizations in Illinois to build an advocacy network. The group’s purpose is to assure all students of Illinois have access to an art education and that it is part of the whole Illinois student.

Also, if you are interested in being a part of the Advocacy Task Force, email Michael Skura – [email protected]
Meet the IAEA’s Advocacy Task Force
Contact the Advocacy Team Today!

Michael Skura

IAEA Advocacy Advisor & Northwest Council Communications Coordinator
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Chris Sykora

Past IAEA Advocacy Advisor & IHSAE Director

Eryn Blaser

IAEA Co-Conference Coordinator
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Nick Hostert

IAEA President
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Theresa McGee

IAEA Past President, Website Manager & Webinar Coordinator
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Chris Grodoski

IAEA Vice President & Former Advocacy Advisor
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Joan Mills

IAEA Professional Development Coordinator & Past President IAEA
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Jeanette Thompson

IAEA Secretary
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Jonathan VanderBrug

Policy & Research Director Art Alliance Illinois
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Josh Shearer

IAEA Southern Vice President [email protected]

MacKenzie Powell

IAEA Membership Coordinator
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Suzanne Farr

IAEA Graphics & Instagram Coordinator

Ingrid Crepas

IAEA Member & NE Communications Coordinator
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Tricia Frost

Youth Art Month Coordinator
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Jennifer Wargin

Mosaic Co-Editor
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Kerry Parrish

Mosaic Co-Editor
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Joanna Angeloulos

Treasurer/Business Manager
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Jamie Glaser

Leadership Mentee 2016,2017

Sherry Abelhadi

Leadership Mentee 2016,2017

Brooke Young

IAEA Member

Olivia Gude

IAEA Member & Angela Paterakis Professor of Art Education Chair

Alicia York


IAEA Member

Whitney Huber

IAEA Member 

Lauren Nielson

IAEA Member

Samantha Schultz

IAEA Member 

Amanda Bandy

IAEA Member