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In Arizona, only a handful of Art Musuem art educators belong to the
NAEA/AAEA. Here in Tucson, the museum programs for either students or
teachers are extremely limited and often presented to our largest district
(second largest in the state) which has no district wide elementary art
program and almost non-existent visual art resource department. The
secondary level art program is also suffering with lack of funding and
extreme program differences between campuses.
This distict does subcribe to the exposure/enrichment philosophy and to get
more is a continuous struggle. I say all this only to make the point that
schools and districts have various interpretations of what is arts
education. This district would prefer to have outside organization provide
the program. Then they do not have to fund the program nor take
responsibility for its implementation or success or lack of success.
The work between K12 art teachers, higher ed faculty and museums needs to
be examine and discussion of the roles of each is beneficial. In Phoenix,
this offered a unique opportunity for Dr. Mary Erickson of ASU Art
Education faculty, four art educators, including Jan Krulick (Musuem
Division VP Pacific Region for NAEA) from the Phoenix Art Museum and three
other institution to design an inservice on parts of their established
collection and the discipline of Art Hisotry. Art teachers spent the day
learning about Oriental, Hispanic, Native American and African-American art
and cross-cultural connections. What a great way to bring these resources
As some of you are aware, in Utah, the UAEA President, Sharon Gray
(Educator at the Springville Musuem of Art) has had wonderful success in
sharing responsibility for education in conjunction with Musuems through
the Professional Development Programs "Evening for Educators" with C.E.U.s
and resource package development (using UTAH artist and images correlated
with integrated learning in Utah history) that was printed with
reproductions and curriculum and distributed to every school statewide.
Neither of these things have happened here where I live. How fortunate
those of you are who have extraordinary musuems to work with, but I do not
have that component to rely on. As a parent of a high school student in
this largest district, I can see the result of relying on the musuems and
resource staff to teach about the arts. Not once in either of my
children's education did they visit an art museum on a field trip. No
teacher invited the Tucson Musuem of Art/University of Arizona Musuem of
Art docent to present any topic to their class. Only once did my daughter,
now a junior in high school, have a visit from the visual arts resource
teachers who services 67 elementary schools. I volunteered in my daughter's
middle school to "enrich" the unit of study on Egypt to do full-body
plaster casts, later turn into a painted sarcophagus.
I hope that NAEA continues to make the distinction to school boards,
adminsitrators, parents and educators on what is good practice and what is
not. I would recommend to everyone to be more involved in their local,
regional and national organization. After all, NAEA or AAEA is not me,
Lorena Nalin, President of AAEA or Tom Hatfield, Exectutive Director of
NAEA but each one of us in this profession. The voice of NAEA and your
state should be partly you. I believe that Katherine Walker said it best,
"We need to put forward a united front, not fight each other!!!!"
AZ Art Education Association President
& Elementary Art Specialist
On 12/22, Betti L writes:
>in support of
>museum programs and what they provide to us to the direct benefit of
>arts education. Art museums such as our local Reynolda House, Museum of
>American Art and the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art (SECCA) in
>Winston-Salem, lead the way with quality programs, only to enhance K-12
> We are indeed fortunate to have such wonderful resources to our direct
On 12/22, Katherine Walker writes:
>While I agree that formal art education is important, it is time for
>NAEA to stop slamming the contributions of performances and museums.
>Formal and informal learning should go hand in hand. Museums and
>other arts organizations are making every effort to make these
>scoffed at enrichment experiences, truly educational by using methods
>from formal education.
>We need to put forward a united front, not fight each other!!!!
>Kathrine Walker, Education Coordinator
>Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University