Sunday, September 28, 2014

Michigan Art Education Association 2014 Conference - "Art in The Heart"

It's that wonderful time of year again. We are one month into the school year and are finally getting into a great rhythm. We are building relationships with our students and developing classroom culture. Our students are creating amazing artworks and starting to tap into their inner artist. And the annual Michigan Art Education conference is just around the corner! The workshops and conference festivities can be found at

Online registration has opened up. Further information can be found at

The art educators in Region 8 are super excited to see everyone November 13 - 16th in Lansing, MI. We have a wonderful conference planned! 

Some of the highlights:
  • Join us Thursday evening for the Broad Museum Tour and Social Hour 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday afternoon there will be a Gallery Crawl through some of our amazing galleries in Lansing.
  • Friday afternoon there will also be a Looking Glass: Fusing "Fun" Raiser from 1 - 4 p.m. Learn about fusing with this year's student scholarship "fun"raiser! When you register, sign-up for a fifteen minute session for Friday and create your own dichroic glass pendant. Learn to score, break & chip glass at the fusing table in the vending hall (10 am - 3 pm). You can pick up your fired work on Saturday from the vending area. 
  • Saturday morning's keynote will address Implementing the New National Core Visual Arts Standards: What Every Art Educator Needs to Know 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
  • Saturday from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Frank Lloyd Wright Homes Tour Have you ever wondered what it is like to walk through a work of art? Then come and experience homes in the Okemos area created by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Hear the history of several homes from their current owners and gain their unique perspective of living in a masterpiece. 
This year's conference is filled with tons of fantastic workshops that include but are not limited to ways to invigorate your curriculum, ways to promote your program and gain administrator backing, what are and how to implement the new National Art Education Standards, ways to nurture your inner artist, art room technology integration, fantastic keynote speakers, and so much more! 

Additional ways to get involved:

Saturday, November 15, 2014
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
At the Radisson, outside the Capitol Ballroom during the Kingdom Hearts Gala 

Email any questions to    

      K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Presentation
      Include photos of your students’ work in the Kids ‘n’ Clay presentation at the conference. You won’t have to bring your student work to Lansing or worry about the breakage. Send a jpeg of student work as early as possible to Darcy Schreiber at:

·     Teachers may submit up to five pieces per level. Only one per student.
·     Please don’t send more than two images for each piece.
·     All pieces should be photographed with a white background.
·     Include Title, Student Name, Grade, School, Teacher Name with the images in the same email  as the jpg photos.



Please help us document the amazing experiences you will have at the 2014 MAEA Conference this fall in Lansing. We are hoping to capture as much of the conference as possible through your eyes. 
We’ve set up a Shutterfly account and we’d love it if everyone could take pictures throughout the conference and upload them to our Shutterfly account.

1. Take pictures at workshops, meals, while enjoying Lansing, during conference meals, or at keynote speaker events.
2. Log in to our group Shutterfly account (You do not create a Shutterfly account.):
Email – Password – maeaconf
3. Upload your pictures to the MAEA14 folder.
4. Enjoy the photos uploaded by other conference attendees. 

Questions??? - Contact Betsy Wellfare -

Ways to Volunteer
If you would be willing to volunteer at the conference (to take tickets, etc.) contact Adrienne DeMilner (

Garage Sale Reminder
Purge your classroom or home of unwanted teaching supplies. Bring donation items to the conference to sell (for a low cost) to people who may use them. 
The Garage Sale time and location corresponds with Region Meeting during lunch  at the Lansing Center on Nov. 15, 11:30pm – 12:00 pm @ Banquet 1-4.

Yarn Bombing
Please create Yarnbomb-ed items from your Regions for the Silent Auction – Bring them with you to the conference registration. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund. - 

Silent Auction Donations
Do you have art or craft you can donate to MAEA? Would you be willing to donate items for the Silent Auction? Maureen Roslanic (Retired Division Chair) is looking for donors. Funds raised by the auction will go toward the student scholarship fund. - See more at:

Projectors Needed!
If anyone one might have any we could borrow/check out in November for the week of the 9th through the 16th. They will locked up each night in a storage room for safe keeping. Help like this would really be appreciated!
Anyone interested in helping us out with this can feel free to contact me at


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