Monthly Mentor

Natalie C. Jones (February)
Each month, a different member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog. Natalie C. Jones is an artist, small business owner, and the director of education at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. She has 10 years of experience working as an art teacher and teaching artist throughout the east coast and the Midwest. Click "GO" to read her full bio.



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Monday 06.28.10

Greetings Art Educators!

I wanted to inform you of a wonderful opportunity that Sargent Art is offering to students, parents and teachers throughout the nation.  In an effort to support Visual Art in our schools, Sargent Art has been sponsoring prizes for Youth Art Month related activities in a number of states over the last three years. It started with a handful of school districts and counties in California in 2007 and has since been steadily growing to include more and more states each year. 

Kansas is happy to announce that they will partner with Sargent Art as they celebrate Youth Art Month this year.  Kansas hosts an annual Youth Art Month Show at the State Capitol in Topeka.  The state prizes sponsored by Sargent Art will be as follows:

• One overall winner is selected by the Art Education Association of each participating state to win the Sargent Art sponsored grand prize - a trip to New York to visit Art Museums - along with one parent and the Art Teacher.

• One winner from each category, along with the Art Teacher, wins art supplies and a personalized certificate for the winner from Sargent Art.

Since most YAM related activities have a limit to the number of entries each teacher could submit, Sargent Art has created an Online Art Contest where teachers can send in as many entires as they like for free. Entries are invited from K-12 art teachers in the form of digital photographs of the artwork created in the classroom directly on the website -

Here, too, the grand prize is a trip to New York to visit Art Museums for the winner along with one parent and the Art Teacher. Category prizes in the form of art supplies are also awarded to the winner and art teacher in each category.

The Online winner meets winners from all the participating states on a weekend in the summer in New York. The group will visit Art Museums as well as take in some famous New York landmarks - some of who are stepping into New York for the very first time.

Having seen the success of this sponsorship, Sargent Art is currently looking to create similar collaborations with more Art Education Associations of other states in an attempt to advance Visual Art activities in the various states. Presidents and/or YAM Chairs interested in adding a sponsor of prizes to her/his current state wide K-12 multi-category YAM related activity can contact Bhakti Oza - - and make it possible for a student of your state to win a trip to New York & visit Art Museums along with one parent and the Art Teacher! 

I hope you are all able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity that Sargent Art has provided in support of the arts through out our nation!

-Linda Morgan

Friday 06.18.10

Greetings Art Educators!

Linda Kieling, NAEA Middle Level Director-Elect, encouraged me to pass this information to anyone that might be interested:

Opportunity 1: NAEA is looking for a Middle Level Director for the Pacific Region. Responsibilities include gathering and communicating between similar board members in other states, helping with program and awards luncheon at the national convention and working on projects with national Director as needed. This person would be elect until March 2011 and then director for 2 years.

Opportunity 2: NAEA is now taking nominations from members who are interested in leadership. The upcoming election is for Division Directors. When elected you become Director-Elect for 2 years and the serve 2 years on the board as Division Director. Interested individuals who would like to represent the Middle Level Division should submit materials postmarked by July 1. These are reviewed by the Nominating Committee and two are selected to run during the election voted on by members.  Information is on the NAEA website:

Opportunity 3: Although it seems like the convention is a long time away, I would like to encourage each of you to submit a proposal for presentation. These are due June 30. Here is a link to the guidelines and rubric:

Remember, each proposal is reviewed by the committee for the category that it is submitted in.

Now is the time to take action. Submit a proposal soon!

-Linda Morgan

Monday 06. 7.10

Greetings Art Educators!

As the school year is winding down get ready to gear up!  The summer offers so many opportunities for you to grow professionally and renew your own artistic ventures.  Opportunities are offered nation-wide.  The Kansas Art Education Association Summer Camp is scheduled for June 17 & 18, 2010 at the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, KS.  Aimee Geist has done a wonderful job coordinating the KAEA Summer Camp.  All of the registration information can be found on the KAEA Website.  There are great opportunities to be had at KAEA Summer Camp!

Make sure to checkout the NAEA website this summer as there are many great educational resources available:  blogs, wikis, lesson plans and more!  Make sure to have your NAEA membership number available when you enter the site as it will allow you to access much more.

Remember that the deadlines are fast approaching to nominate fellow art educators for awards and to send in conference proposals.  Our organization is strong due to the active participation of our membership.  If you haven’t given a presentation and feel unsure about presenting for your peers, don’t worry!  Our members are supportive and hungry for new ideas!  Are you still unsure?  Consider partnering with an art educator friend to present to make things easier.  We want to hear what you have to say! 

Finally, I know that the state of our economy has cast a shadow on many art education programs across the state including my own district.  I want to encourage you to stand strong and continue with art advocacy activities in your area.  Write your legislators to tell them about the important role that art education programs play in our communities.  Put up art displays and advocacy posters at your local board meetings.  Don’t be afraid to speak out at open forum meetings.  All of these things help.  Parents are supportive of the arts and need a leader to be a voice for their children.  You can be that voice!  At the end of the day, you want to be able to say that you did everything in your power to speak out and take action toward preserving the art education opportunities for the children in our schools.  It is not too late!

Linda Morgan
Co-President Elect