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Open IAEA Leadership Positions (Election in fall, position starts January 1st):

  • State Vice President
  • State Secretary

Open Positions for all Regional Councils (NE, NW, Central, and South Regions):

  • Council Vice President
  • Council Treasurer

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Great News Educators!

On June 16th, 2016 the Illinois Board of Education voted and unanimously approved the updated arts learning standards recommended by the Illinois Arts Learning Standards Initiative. (Fun fact: The arts learning standards have not been updated for almost 20 years!)

The new standards can be implemented immediately; the effective implementation and alignment for districts is 2017-2018.

Next Steps: The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will review the standards for the approval process. In the meantime, make sure to visit the Illinois Arts Learning Standards Initiative website for reports, documents, and other resources.

Illinois Arts Learning Standards Initiative:

New Illinois Visual Arts Standards

New Illinois Media Arts Standards

The 2nd Annual Art Educator Show will be held on Friday, April 17th, 2016 the Bridgeport Art Center.

Art educators from across the Chicagoland area will have a unique opportunity to come together for a one-of-a-kind event…an exhibition that’s focused on celebrating their creative talents. Teaching can be an all consuming profession, leaving teachers with little, to no time for pursuing their own creative aspirations. So, whether you’re actively making art or it’s been a few years, there’s no time like the present. The exhibition will be a juried, featuring over 100 works of art and more than a $1000 in cash prizes.

Contact John Zilewicz at [email protected] with any questions



Entry Deadline                               March 23rd 2016
Email Notification                          By April 3rd 2016
Delivery of Accepted Work           April 8th & April 9th 2016
Opening Reception & Awards      Friday, April 15th 2016 from 7-10pm
Exhibition                                       April 17th – June 5th
Pick-Up Exhibited Work                June 4th – June 6th, 10am – 6pm

2nd ANNUAL Art Educator Prospectus