We all know how expensive it can be to pay for college, not to mention all the art supplies and books that are required for an art education degree.

Each year IAEA strives to ease the financial burden for budding artists and future art educators by offering graduate and undergraduate student scholarships. To help make these scholarships possible, IAEA coordinates an annual Student Scholarship Raffle during the IAEA conference. The raffle showcases artistic works created by talented artists and educators like you.

Please consider donating one or more of your creations for the student scholarship raffle this year to help ensure a bright future for visual arts and art education in Illinois.

Donating artists may either drop off their creations during the IAEA conference or contact Kimberly Butts to make other arrangements for pick-up or delivery.

Volunteers are needed to work shifts at the Raffle Table during the fall conference (November 6 and 7). No experience needed! Contact Kimberly if you can help with thisworthwhile IAEA initiative.
[email protected] or 847-340-3396

This conference provides art teachers with professional development opportunities required for succesws in the art room. Teachers will be provided a space to learn new and innovative ideas, as well as share their own experiences with fellow educators. Teachers participating in this conference may earn 5.0 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs)

Sessions will take place at the Morris University Center and the Art & Design Building on the campus of the Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Studio workshops are limited so please register ASAP.

Fee for working professional educators – $80
Fee for students – $25

Conference Packet and Instructions

Apply now to present at this year’s Curriculum Slam!

Does your curriculum inspire students to engage with the ideas and art of our time? Do you have a project or lesson plan you’d like to share?  Can you tell your story in 7 minutes using PowerPoint?

We are now accepting applications for presenters at the 2015 Curriculum Slam!
The Slam! will take place Tuesday May 5th, 2015, from 4:30-6:30pm.

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, March 8, 2015. 

The Curriculum Slam! is a forum for educators to showcase fresh, creative ways to bring contemporary art and ideas into the classroom. Meet educators whose work embraces the spirit of inquiry and innovation. Hear how they engage students with the contemporary. Forget the curriculum fair. At the Curriculum Slam, the MCA hands educators the mic!

What is the format?
• Eight presenters are selected by application
• Each presentation: 7 minutes, 14 PowerPoint slides, 30 seconds per slide
• Breakout discussions after the presentations

Who can apply?
Teachers and teaching artists from all grade levels and academic disciplines may apply. Applicants must have prior experience in a classroom setting.

How do I apply?
The application consists of 2 parts:
•    Part I:  Tell us about yourself and the project you are interested in sharing.
•    Part II:  Share (3) images that help tell the story of the project you would like to present.

Where can I download the application?
Go to our website to download Parts I and II

Why apply?
The MCA Curriculum Slam is probably the most efficient use of a teacher’s PD and networking time. Nowhere else will you gain such deep information on practice of such variety and enjoyment. The format is simply wonderful, and presenting is one of the more fulfilling experiences of my professional development career. I get to share awesome practices from my own classroom and absorb even more awesome opportunities while in the process of having a good time with peers.–Christopher Sykora, 2014 Slam Presenter and Teacher at Deerfield High School

Not ready to present? Sign up to attend!
We encourage you to attend to gather ideas, connect with your peers, and fuel your teaching practice. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Register to attend online.

2015 MCA Curriculum Slam Application – Part II

2015 MCA CurriculumSlam_Application_PartI


Teachers of students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to enter their students’ artwork in the 2015 Illinois Arts Education Week Poster Contest. The postmark deadline to mail entries and forms to ISBE in Springfield is Monday, December 2, 2014.  The theme for the 2015 poster is: Art is Timeless, and the image should relate in some way to the four arts that are included in the Illinois State Standards (visual arts, dance, theatre and music). Teachers may enter an unlimited number of poster designs, but only one entry per student and one entry form for each poster. Click here to download the entry form, or go to the spring IAEA Mosaic and IAEA 2014 conference program for a paper copy of the form.
The student whose work is selected to appear on the poster that will be mailed to all schools in Illinois in March 2015 will be recognized at the 2015 IAEA fall conference and at the ISBE spring Board meeting. Students should not include the text and heading for the poster – these components will be added after the poster image is chosen. Contact Cornelia Powell at: [email protected] with questions or call (217-524-4832).


You can click on the three posters by previous high school artists to view or download.

2013:  Holly Johnson (Hinsdale South High School)

2011:  Nicole Maslow (Hinsdale South High School)

2009:  Niki Annes (Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago)

Art is not always about paper, paint, and clay; it’s about ‘Celebrating Creativity’ throughout a students’ day. Learn about Newspaper Fashion Shows, Edible Color Wheels, Artistic Photo Stories, Artsy Games, as well as many other Cross Curricular Activities. Please feel free to bring your own ideas to share too!


Westfield Middle School –
149 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108


Wednesday, January 14th 2015


4:00pm till whenever? If people need to come late, that is no problem!


FREE $0 But please bring a snack to share!

Participants Allowed: 

24 max


Teacher: Deyana Matt – Email [email protected] with questions.

inovators 1Educators know that test scores and grade point averages don’t always tell the whole story. To recognize and celebrate those students whose contributions are innovative, creative, or inspirational, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a new awards program, “Celebrating High School Innovators.”

“The motivation, creativity and tenacity to innovate are essential for our society,” explained Ray Price, co-director of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education at Illinois.  Price and his team partnered with Paul Ritter, a biology, ecology, and earth science teacher at Pontiac Township High School, to develop a special event to honor high school students across Illinois who have been able to meet current and emerging social needs through innovation in one of five areas: Arts, Media, & Literature; Business Entrepreneurship; Food, Health & Nutrition; Social Entrepreneurship; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

The new program, which has the endorsement of several Illinois teachers associations, the regional superintendents of schools, and the Governor’s office, reflects the organizers’ belief that test scores and grade point averages do not tell us every important thing about our students. 
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brideportPresented by the Bridgeport Art Center and the Illinois Art Education Association

IAEA is excited to bring educators together with a common purpose through the 1st Annual Art Educator Show! We hope to encourage teachers to continue to be practicing artists and how to celebrate the talents of our areas art educators. So, we are thrilled to announce that on Friday, April 17th, 2015 the Bridgeport Art Center will play host to the 1st Annual Art Educator Show.
Art educators from all across the Chicagoland area will have a unique opportunity to come together for this one-of-a-kind event…an exhibition that’s focused on celebrating the creative talents of art educators. Often, teaching can be an all consuming profession, leaving us with little time or no time to pursue our own creative aspirations. So, whether you’re actively making art or it’s been a few years, there’s no time like the present.

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