One thing Frank Juarez enjoyed about attending the National Art Education Association’s annual convention is how he felt after he returned back to Wisconsin. He felt motivated. He felt empowered. He felt rejuvenated.
He was in awe by the dedication that these art educators put into their practice bringing innovative strategies, resources, and projects into the classroom. Having left with a diverse collection of notes, PowerPoints, photographs, etc has a long lasting impact on his profession and a great way to reflect on what he had learned. Having the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with educators from across the country is so vital to better understand the situation we face today in art education.
Bringing the DIY Gallery: A Deeper Look into the 365 Artists 365 Days Project to the national level was such a rewarding and meaningful experience. Although the intent of the project has changed slightly focusing on art education what matters is that we are constantly introducing to our readers that our communities have a lot to offer in terms of exposing, educating, and engaging them in contemporary art. Witnessing first hand on the impact that this project has had on Elyse’s art students was amazing!
Elyse & Frank will be working on putting together a How To Guide to Organizing Your Very Own Art Exhibition later this summer.