“Gear Up and Go”
“Gear Up and Go” mini-conference was a huge success. On August 8th the IAEA NE council presented the mini-conference to a group of arts educators. Participants had the opportunity to experience three workshops from a choice of; fiber art -Karen Popvich, IPad for Art – Tricia Fuglestad, Gelli printing – Joan Mills, Prismacolor- Diana Garrett, Tuning Protocols – Evan Plummer, What is REACH and what does it mean for assessment – Ray Yang, and CPS Arts Education Plan – Ray Yang, Evan Plummer. Many thanks go to Columbia College department of education for providing the meeting space and morning coffee, Sargent Art, Gelli Art, Dick Blick, Prismacolor/Sanford, on site volunteers Cheryl Gold, Robin Marcus and the conference planning committee Donna Davis council treasurer, Angie Bader Neczek council secretary and myself Joan Mills council VP.
Submitted by Joan Mills Northeast Council Vice-President
On Saturday February 23, 2013 the IAEA Northeast council presented a workshop in collaboration with the Schingoethe Museum in Aurora, Illinois. Museum director Meg Bero arranged for a presentation by Native American artist Bunky Echo-Hawk for workshop attendees. Those in attendance were treated to an amazing presentation and discussion session by Bunky as he described his development as an artist and his current work. It was an inspirational talk as he mentioned the guidance he received from an art teacher to find his own voice, “art invokes our individual voices” and his focus on contemporary Native American issues. To learn more about Bunky visit http://beatnation.org/bunky-echo-hawk.html. Meg also shared the Native American resources available for check out through the museum. In addition to the artist session two hands-on activities were presented, Easy Isms by Robin Marcus and Symbolic Self-Portraits by Donna Davis and Joan Mills.