Need a roommate for the conference? Want to carpool on the way? Check the latest IAEA e-newsletter for a link to connect with other IAEA members.

Since there will be personal information shared, this link would only be accessible via the newsletter. For more information and help finding the newsletter, please contact Theresa McGee.

Are you interested in running for an IAEA leadership position?  Do you know someone who would be a great leader in IAEA?  Please contact Theresa McGee [email protected] with your interest or nomination name no later than September 1st.

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

Not quite ready for a full leadership position yet?  Become part of the IAEA Mentorship Program!  Benefits include a waiver of the conference fee.  Learn more:

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

The Illinois Arts Learning Standards Initiative, coordinated by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education, is developing recommendations for updated arts learning standards that reflect best practices. A diverse, statewide Advisory Committee – comprised of classroom teachers, administrators, and teaching artists – recently completed draft standards, adapting the new national arts standards to Illinois.

The forums will include:
— A presentation on the draft standards
— Discussion & opportunities to provide feedback
— Practical examples of how


For more info, and to RSVP, please click here for the Chicagoland Workshop and here for the Springfield workshop.

The third week of March is traditionally designated Illinois Art Education Week by Governor Bruce Rauner. In cooperation with the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) the next Illinois Arts Education Week will be March 14-20, 2016. The poster contest reinforces the importance of the arts in the growth and development of all students. The contest winner’s artwork will be featured on a poster that is sent to all public and private schools in Illinois. The winner will also be recognized at the Illinois State Board of Education board meeting. The top three winners will be recognized at the 2016 IAEA fall conference in November 2016 in Normal Illinois.

The poster artwork entries must meet the following criteria:

  • The contest alternates grade levels every other year. The 2016 contest is only for students in grades k-8 in public/private/home school settings.
  • All 2-D media will be accepted. Further, only prints will be considered for digital/photographic work.
  • All art must be of the student’s original work.
  • No limit on colors used or entries per school
  • 11″ x 17″ or smaller
  • Must include the form, completely filled out, from the link on this page.
  • All submissions must be centered around the theme “There is Magic in the Arts!”
  • Must include a brief statement by the student about the artwork’s connection to the theme.

Submit by December 8, 2015

Please use the attached submission form for further information and for instructions on how to submit artwork to the contest.

Best of luck to all applicants!

2016 Arts Ed Week poster contest


The Illinois Art Education Association Mentorship Program is designed to build a strong leadership in our organization. Through the mentorship program we hope to guide and nurture new leaders in order to continue to build the strength and vibrancy of our organization for future art educators in Illinois. The mentorship program, which is a two year path, will offer an opportunity for new leaders to network, become more involved on the state and national level and become strong advocates for the arts.

-Conference fee paid each year of mentorship
-Shadows one leader (committee/executive board member)

-Conference attendee and presenter each year
-Required number of years as an IAEA member-1 year
-A yearly ‘review’ of the candidate (Self review and review by the mentor)

Interested members must apply by August 31, 2015
Please send questions to [email protected]