This year was the first time I traveled outside of my home state to attend a National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference. If you ever have the opportunity to attend, it is an experience you will never forget. Listed below are some of the my favorite activities, observations, presentations and tidbits of information I picked up from casual conversations in Baltimore:
- I had never heard about Merlot (peer reviewed online resource of teaching and learning materials). A quick search on Merlot turned up this awesome Cave of Lascaux interactive explorer.
- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the American Visionary Art Museum. Although I was not allowed to photograph inside, I spent about 20 minutes outside admiring the sculptural forms.
Once I finally made it inside, the theme of the museum became very clear by the words and messages incorporated into the art. Watch this entertaining video featuring the art of Chris Robert-Antieau to get a feel for what the museum is about.
My favorite Visionary Museum message through art: “Some stare though me and refuse to see that we are different branches of the same tree.”
- Took the plane home with the Artsonia guys and learned some top secret plans to make Artsonia even better. (Pressure’s on guys!)
- Learned about some great web resources from Jean King. Special needs: I Can’t Draw Syndrome and ArtPromote. Character development: Powerful Projects.
- Inspired by Samantha Melvin’s teaching empathy through art curriculum.
- Discovered a timeline of Carrie Mae Weems life!
- Make your presentations Sticky by Craig Roland was a crowd favorite.
- Saw a great video presentation on Universal Design Learning by Kathy Rulien-Bareis. Her methods are very useful for creating an adaptive classroom addressing special needs. Watch her video segments one, two, three, and four.
- I got a chance to present an art experience that that incorporated science, writing, social/emotional development, and technology into the art curriculum.
Tons of additional great resources from conference presenters can be found online.
Did you attend NAEA Conference this year? What did you discover?
As I was ordering supplies for next school year, while wrapping up the current school year, I noticed how much less I was able to get for the money. So how can we stretch our budgets and find additional resources to teach the curriculum?
One way to supplement the material needed to teach the curriculum is through grants. Half the battle is locating a grant that applies to your field. The other half is finding the time to complete the application process for the grant. As this school year comes to a close, consider using this summer to explore available grant opportunities.
For example ClassWish is a new nonprofit that offers an alternative to the traditional grant process. Teachers visit the site to create a wish list of the things they need to equip their classroom. ClassWish helps attract parents, alumni, local business and other potential supporters to see what is needed and to inspire their help. Their contributions are tax-deductible and ClassWish provides a receipt and ships the supplies directly to the teachers at the school.
Below is a list of other grant opportunities:
- Adobe Youth Voices The Deadline is tonight! Eligibility requirements are that you must be a public or tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. School or out-of-school program that serves low-income, disadvantaged middle and high school youth. And it must be located in San Jose/Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Boston, or Ottowa.
- DonorsChoose A nonprofit web site where teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. Then individual donors can visit the site and choose different proposals to support.
- Best Buy Teach Awards Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 is awarded to educators based on teacher applications stating how they would incorporate student use of technology into their classroom.
- National Endowment for the Arts The Arts Endowment’s focus is on identifying and supporting model programs and projects that provide in-depth knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts to children and youth in schools and communities.
- Illinois Arts Council A variety of grants to support artist-in-resident, artist fellowship and quick start micro grant for schools and school districts.
- National Art Education Association A variety of grant opportunities to advance individual and collective work in visual arts education.
- Target Through national sponsorships and local grants, Target supports thousands of arts activities, festivals and outdoor concerts.
- Grant Gopher Helps locate grants and teaches you how to apply for grant money and avoid scams.
- Fund For Teachers Enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.
- Calypso Systems Opportunity for K- 12 schools to apply for classroom presentation technologies such as projectors, amplifiers, speakers, CATV tuners, microphones, button panels, and graphical user interfaces.
- Missouri Arts Council Funds projects with an artistic component that helps meet the nonprofit organizations strategic goals.
- The Braitmayer Foundation The Foundation is interested in K-12 education throughout the United States.
- DCCAH DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities offers several funding programs for individuals and nonprofit organizations located in the District of Columbia. Individuals are not required to provide matching funds. Organizations are only required to provide matching funds as indicated.
- Expressing Youth Voices in Pittsburgh Tell us how you would transform Pittsburgh’s public spaces with your artistic vision. We are looking for well-designed, sustainable public art that expresses the voices of youth. Winning ideas can receive up to $25,000 in funding to implement their “Art in Public” Deadline for entry is May 20, 2009. Public voting begins June 9, 2009.
- We Are Teachers A micro-grant that’s awarded based on number of votes by other educators. Just click on past winners to see how the process works.
Need help with the application process? Check out Grant writers on Ning for writing support.
If you know off any local, regional or national grant opportunities for the visual arts, please list it in the comments section below. Let’s help our fellow art educators gain access to the tools they need to teach. Remeber, The Teaching Palette has an international audience so no matter how small the grant opportunity, please share it. You never know who’s reading. Thanks!
There has been an explosion of Web 2.0 tools for educators. Recently, National Art Education Association (NAEA) launched an online interactive tool for Elementary Art Specialists. The goal is to link teachers with a common bond: young children and art. Escape the isolation of your classroom and communicate with other elementary art teachers on topics that impact art education.
Another great interactive resource is Art Education 2.0 reaching all levels of art education. Art Education 2.0 has over 3,000 members and counting. Find information on anything from teaching animation to VoiceThread to innovative teaching ideas in technology. To learn more about the Art Education 2.0 social network, watch the video below.
Learn about art or any other topic that interests you on Twitter. Not sure how to begin? An earlier post on Twitter may help you get started. Also, click on the SchoolArts icon below for some great ideas on using Twitter and other Web 2.0 tools from the March issue.
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