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.

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 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]

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

The Teen Creative Agency (TCA) at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) hosts an annual festival for young people under 21 called 21Minus. We are currently accepting project proposals for this year’s event, which will take place on May 30th.

This is an incredible opportunity for young creative makers and thinkers to showcase their talents at the museum! Anyone under 21 with something to share is invited, regardless of whether they consider themselves an artist.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 27 at 9am

21Minus will be on May 30


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)

Great example of how art and technology can improve the world. We love how this ad brings showcase and entertainment together, demonstrating a new smartphone’s imaging capabilities through a magical, microscopic animation. (Fun fact: this ad holds a Guinness World Record as the smallest stop-motion animated film.)

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Within our reach coverEvents related to the grand kicked off Thursday, February 27th with visiting artist, Peter London, providing a lecture that was free and open to the public on the campus of Southern Illinois University. Many students, faculty, and community artists participated in this event. The Southern Illinois Art Education Conference Started early Friday morning with four art educators offering lecture/discussion sessions focussing on art education specifically in Southern Illinois. Following this, art educators chose one out of five studio walk workshops to participate. The keynote luncheon featured a lecture from art educator and author, Peter London. After lunch, participants chose a second workshop of the five offered. A tea with Peter London wrapped up the day’s events. We look forward to our next conference “Classroom, Community, Life, ART!” at SIUe on April 17th, 2015!

Art Conference Program 2014

Southern Council Conference IAEAOn Friday, March 1st, 2013 Carbondale Community Arts, in conjunction with the Illinois art Education Association, and Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, brought 93 registered participants together for a day dedicated to of professional development of art teachers. As school budgets continue to shrink it is beautiful to see so many art educators standing united in one place. Conferences such as this give art educators the tools and motivation necessary to continue to serve our future in such a challenging occupation.

This year we were blessed to have an outstanding group of the most talented artists and art teachers in the state of Illinois as presenters. Jay Ryan, a talented screen print artist from Chicago, offered a screen printing demonstration, and gave the keynote address speaking of his own artistic journey in Illinois. Dr. Sangsook Park, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Art Education Professor offered teachers a multicultural lesson pertaining to East Asian Calligraphy. Chris Grodoski, Illinois Art Education Association Advocacy Liaison, presented on his teams work toward our goal of all children receiving the art education they deserve. Sandy Bacon, Golden Paint representative, offered two painting workshops, one for the education conference, and another full workshop bringing the community to participate. Highlighting local excellence, Professor Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Southern Illinois University Carbondale painting instructor, presented ideas on bringing together art and community. These are just a few of the 15 wonderful presenters we had who helped make this event an astounding success!

In addition to having a great conference, upon receiving promised funds, we will be in the black insuring the continued success of this conference. Along with this report I am including a list of all the people who attended the conference, a compiled report of the evaluations, and a CD which has pictures of the event. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to our continued relationship.