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Delegate Observations and Insights from the 1996 NAEA SF

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Robert Fionda (robert.fionda)
Mon, 01 Apr 1996 20:07:50 -0500

Dear ArtsEdNet Members,
As outgoing chairperson for the Association Development Committee of
Delegates Assembly, I asked earlier if ArtsEdNet members had concerns they
wanted "voiced". Thank you for your generous responses; all concerns were
downloaded and forwarded to the appropriate committees for further action.
In return for your efforts, I wanted to update you on issues that
were addressed at the assembly and offer some more private "insights" into
our infrastructure and the convention in general.
The assembly voted approval on the following motions (paraphrased):
(a) to make regional changes in its state structure; moving Colorado to the
Pacific Region and (b) granting affiliate status to the Gay, Lesbian and
Bisexual Caucus. Sensitive issue with some states.
One full session (day) was given to reviewing and evaluating
Delegates Assembly. The questions was: Can Delegates Assembly continue with
its current representational structure and effectively service its
membership or should it be changed and/or into what? What we "discovered"
was; the current structure does work if people take responsiblity for doing
their assigned jobs. I call this simply accountability. Information and
decisions were not being adequately shared or explained and
misunderstandings were developing. A whole series of issues, suggestions
and yes, "demands" were made by all in the hopes that the incoming Regional
Vice Presidents will make appropriate changes. I have hope but I also
understand the fickle workings of a voluntary nonprofit group.
I was disappointed with the location and room size alloted to the
E-mig presentations in comparison to Houston. NAEA has to be more sensitive
to these people; the National Board really doesn't fully understand how
important E-mig and similiar groups (ArtEdNet)are in providing
communication, information and membership services. However, I also saw a
dedicated "few" who were trying to do the work of "many" while trying to
maintain the quality and integrity of what E-mig did last year. They
exhausted themselves. My advice...delegate responsibilities and learn to do
less but do it passionately well. My respects to John Juando Royo and his
group of "e-miggers". Technology issues and seminars are growing yearly;
should suggest a national convention theme dealing with this new tool as an
art education delivery strategy. The Getty with ArtsEdNet is on the cutting
edge...their money and a clearly defined mission does help.
The NAEA announced that they have a WebSite (sorry, missed the
details). I will assume the site address will be publisizied in the NAEA
Newsletter. I will be making some recommendations concerning electronic
issues in my outgoing report to my regional VP. Comments welcomed.
Impressed with general session given by Leonard Shlain, author of
"Art and Physics: Parallel Visions In Space, Time and Light". Don't be
frightened by the title; his presentation was a synopsis and rationale for
his book and it was wonderful in drawing parallels between artistic
movements and scientific breakthroughs. Humanities meets the hard sciences!
Pulbished by Quill, 1991. Paperback about $12.00
I attended the Concerns for Secondary Art Forum and was discouraged
because many of the issues discussed were already on ArtEdNet (e.a. block
scheduling)and explained this to group but were they listening? Small group
with many genuine concerns but I also wonder if any have ever called the
NAEA Reston Office for help or resources? Have you?
Yes, I did get out to see the sights; Chinatown, the Wharf, huffed
over those damn hills, overpriced, yuppie restuarants galore, the beggars
were reality, and the trolley cars a remembrance of my youth. I was
ultimately seduced by a romantic lady called, San Francisco and her beauty
is unique.
Enough said. Your observations always welcomed. Thank you for
letting me be your delegate. It was an honor.

Robert Fionda
MAEA/NAEA Delegate
Secondary Art Educator
Romeo Community Schools