Don't forget to submit your national convention presentation by May 31st! Let's have record breaking representation from Nebraska!
Have you considered sharing your professional ideas with colleagues from across the state? The conference committee is now accepting proposals for 30-50 minute professional presentations, 90-180 minute workshops, or tri-fold poster displays. How about entering your personal artwork in the NATA Artist Educator juried show? We now have the call for Presentations and Artist Educator Juried Exhibit entries open. Deadline to submit is June 15th, 2015.
March 2015 NATA Board Meeting Minutes, Not Ratified
Teaching has changed. Professional responsibilities have changed. Students have changed. Accountability has changed. School/district structure has changed. Shoot, even lunch and recess has changed. Our responsibilities and needs are changing faster than we can keep up. The new NATA Board Structure is in a piloting phase right now. We are trying to determine where our focus should lie and what member's needs will be in the next 1-5 years and beyond. Please take 2 minutes to complete a brief survey that includes your opinion of which services are most important to you as NATA plans for support of art educators across the state of Nebraska. Please ask yourself what you need in order "to advocate for and advance art education in Nebraska to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding".
News From Other Sources...
Dear Colleagues in Education,
A significant milestone to advance fine arts education throughout our state occurred in 2014 when Nebraska adopted statewide K-12 Fine Arts Standards (FAS).
Three organizations, Nebraska Educational Television (NET), the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), and the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) are spearheading an initiative to develop resources and support implementation of Nebraska’s FAS. These organizations work collaboratively with many additional groups throughout Nebraska that have begun work involving the new standards. As part of this initiative,the three partner organizations plan to seek funding through the National Endowment for the Arts,and are requesting assistance from additional groups in completing a very brief survey by May 15th.
You may contact Debbie DeFrain with any questions.
“Eco-Printing into Bookmaking”
June 8–19, 2015 (arrive on June 7, depart on June 20)
UNL Cedar Point Biological Station, Ogallala, Nebraska
- Learn in a unique natural setting
- Fostering Art & Science collaboration.
- Concentrated time for creative research.
- Far but near, exotic and local, expansive and real
- Immersion experience
- Field School amenities: comfortable housing, dining facilities, over 900 acres of UNL owned Prairie, and red cedar filled canyons, a library and classroom spaces, research labs, WiFi, a friendly inviting atmosphere which leads to collaborations
Art at Cedar Point (ARTP 183) summer2015 is a creative and immersive two- week field school art
experience. We will learn printing processes on site and experiment with “eco” techniques using
natural materials, such as ink, rust, stains, weathering actions, stencils, over printed layers, that all reference nature for an interpretation of resources and specimens. Through these printing processes a variety of information pages will be made that are the content of handmade books, that serve to record actions and phenomenon, a history of encounters, to develop a “sense of place”.
Emphasis is on visual observation and a collaborative studio atmosphere that contributes to awareness on the diversity of the natural world, environmental issues, on perception on multiple levels. Our bookmaking structures will set page order, record time and information for finished objects. This course allows for imaginative minds to pursue questions and solutions through observation, invention, conversation, personal growth, sharing, and the visual development of ideas. Our studio experiences will parallel and complement the work of the scientists at CPBS. This creative field school course is designed to create a comfortable yet challenging atmosphere for the exploration of art media and expression with contemporary meaning and applications.
Instructor: UNL Art Professor Karen Kunc
Kunc is an award winning artist and teacher. Her recognitions include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship. Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are held in numerous private, public and university collections. She has taught workshops around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions. Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of ‘strange beauty’.
Contact: Karen Kunc, Cather Professor of Art, UNL Dept of Art & Art History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello fellow art advocates. You may or may not have heard that I will be retiring on July 7th after 24 years with Crayola. It has been a joy to represent such an amazing brand and to work with you in the endeavor of educating children through the arts. The replacement position has been posted on crayola.com and I invite you to share this opportunity with educators who would be interested in applying.
Here is the link to the website:
Please ask candidates to search within the Executive area for the Innovative Teaching and Learning Manager position. Please urge them to apply and submit their resumes as quickly as possible, so they don't miss out on this opportunity.
You can also try this link, which goes directly to the listing:
Although the website states the position location as Easton, PA, it is actually a field position, based out of a home office located in the central region. Candidates could currently live in, or relocate to any city in the mid-west or central portion of the United States which has easy access to an airport.
I hope to be able to speak with you all individually before retiring, but if that is not possible, I want to thank you for your many years of support and the joy and laughter we have shared.
Education Marketing Manager, Central Region