For me, at this point, attending the national conference is more about
seeing old friends/colleagues and making new ones than it is about anything
else. I always gain something from these personal conversations away from
the planned sessions. I particularly enjoyed meeting up with people from
this listserv. As Bunki remarked, "EVERYONE looked so different than what I
had imagined and that was a kick!" (that goes for my prior image of you as
well, Bunki! ;7)
Its disappointing to hear from people that SOME of the sessions (especially
the paid workshops) were a bust. But, its hard to imagine that with so many
sessions/speakers that this wouldn't occasionally occur. Perhaps this is
simply a reflection of the "diversity" of our field?
This conference certainly seemed to provide those teachers interested in
National Board certification with a wealth of information and assistance. I
thought Barbara Kelley (President of the NBPTS) gave a great talk
(especially coming from a PE teacher ;7).
Eisner's talk regarding the effects of art experience on academic
achievement was timely and a clear reminder that we should view any
research which attempts to link arts experiences with raised test scores,
etc., with great caution.
Lani Duke gave a heartfelt talk on her 17 years as Director of the Getty
Institute. Her reflections on the significant changes that have occurred
during the past two decades in the field of art(s) education as a result of
Getty initatives provided (in my mind) an appropriate closure on the
millennium. What struck me as I listened to Duke's talk was that here was
someone who has done more in recent years to advance arts education in this
country (and perhaps abroad) than anyone else in the hall. As for the
"demise of DBAE," I think that's a misnomer. She was simply referring to a
"change" in the Getty's role in promoting arts education in public schools.
Getting out to the museums was certainly a highlight of this trip for me.
I particularly enjoyed the Sargent watercolors...which gave me a new
perspective on his work. Also, saw several works at the Portrait Gallery,
the National Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Women in
the Arts which were real treats.
Of course, the exhibitor's area is worth mentioning. I'm always amazed
that these people are able to withstand the onslaught and craziness of the
Well...looking forward to next year and LA.
CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
School of Art and Art History, FAC 302,
University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax
new email address: rolandc