Life after the National Art Education Association 2017 Convention in New York

Elyse Lucas, Appleton Career Academy art educator, and Frank Juarez at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York.

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. 

Frank Juarez talking about the 365 Artists 365 Days Project (A Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery Collaborative Project). Photo by Justine Lucas.

Elyse Lucas talking about the DIY Gallery component of the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. The DIY Gallery was conceived by Elyse. Photo by Justine Lucas.

Guest appearance by Katie Virag, featured artists from the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. Katie shared her experience as a featured artist. Photo by Justine Lucas.

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About 365Artists/365Days

The purpose of this project is to introduce its readership to a diverse collection of art that is being produced at the national and international level. Our goal is to engage the public with information regarding a wide array of creative processes, and present the successes and failures that artists face from day to day. The collaborators hope that this project will become a source for exploring and experiencing contemporary art in all its forms.
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