I recently attended my first National Art Educators’ Association Conference—NAEA 2012 in NYC. It was mindblowing, a real eye-opening experience.
First, considering how marginalized arts education has fought not to be, the community within as well as its advocates is tremendous. We truly have a wealth of support and systems of information at our fingertips.
Next, it was important to see, via many presentations and discussions with peers and colleagues, how long term educational goals were implemented and met (KUDOS!)
Lastly, my seemingly tiny, focus area in art museum education seemed worlds’ larger at the conference.
There were so many fantastic presentations!
My two favorite presentations: One featured the efforts of the Education Department from Phoenix Art Museum; the other presentation highlighted the topic of Interdisciplinary programs for adult art museum visitors, presented by Mr. Bautista of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Ms. Garza of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA.
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