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By JoAnn Memmott (now PAST president)
I have been so privileged and honored to be able to serve in the UAEA presidency for the last few years. It's all about the people. As a board, we work extremely well together. We always have fun. The UAEA board members are the most amazing people and I love them dearly. I also love the members of UAEA and look forward to seeing you every year. I love hanging out with quirky, authentic, weird and beautiful artsy people. I feel happy and energized, just being around you.
During my presidency we were able to start a newsletter which has been a wonderful way to communicate with our members. We now have over 400 "likes" on our facebook page as well as other social media connections. We have improved our website for more efficiency and added graphic artistry to our brochures and website, have fine-tuned our e-mail blasts, and are communicating with our members much more efficiently. We are also in good financial shape and we are leaving the ByLaws updated and current.
We have provided YAM (Youth Art Month) opportunities for our students and won a YAM award. The award winning educators from UTAH continue to excel at the national and pacific region level. The people in this organization are just amazing. I also thought our ceramic plate awards and plaques were very classy this year. Thank you award committee.
It was a conversation in Anna Davis' car that produced the special interest group called "UTAH" Utah Teachers of Art History. I love their logo and I am excited about their future.
I have started the conversations about affiliating with NAEA and now it is up to the members to vote on this in March. I believe that NAEA dues affiliation would help us to grow and reach even higher potential as an organization. I have great respect for NAEA and think we should align as closely with them as possible. Thousands of art savvy brains are better than one.
The collaborations between UAEA and all the universities in Utah are now in the beginning stages, holding exciting possibilities for the future. We were thrilled to have pre-service students from every university represented at Art in the Sun, 2016. These students represent a very bright and exciting future for the field of art education. Their energy and expertise was palpably felt by everyone at the conference. They were so helpful, cleaning and helping us through the conference. They also presented wonderful Share Fair tables and presentations. We love you and are excited to see what you do for the field. We know it will be great. Make a difference.
I also appreciate the collaborations with the USOE, UDAM, SWAP, POPS, BTS and other arts organizations that make us stronger as arts professionals and arts educators.
I would also like to thank all the past and future presidents, presenters, committees etc. It's the PEOPLE that are in UAEA that make it such a great organization. Maria Fabrizio was our most recent keynote. She said she goes all over the United States and has done keynotes about 15 times. She said that the Utah experience was her very favorite and she can't believe how nice Utah people are. She wanted to stay longer and spend more time with us. Well done Utah peeps!
p.s. A polar bear, a rabbi and an art teacher go into a bar.....oh no....sorry out of room.
We will be accepting donations for the silent auction which will be held at our next February Conference. PLEASE start making and saving artwork to donate. Each year artists/teachers donate their paintings, drawings, prints, handmade jewelry, pottery, ceramics, and sculptures. All of the proceeds go towards giving a scholarship to a deserving art student.
Also, remember it is also a good chance to buy artwork from your esteemed colleagues so save your pennies!
The UAEA board has been working hard to provide professional development, leadership and networking opportunities for our members for the upcoming year. Please check this website, our Facebook and Twitter pages and our quarterly newsletter for updates.We have some exciting things in the works!
We also know the date (Feb.25-27) and place (Hurricane High School) for Art in the Sun.
It is a great month for teachers to plan special events. The YAM theme this year will announced soon!
We are so excited that Sargent Art stepped forward to sponsor the prizes for our first-ever Youth Arts Month (YAM) Flag Competition. Sargent Art will provide a State-Wide Winner in High School, Middle School and Elementary with a certificate and art supplies. They will also send the Overall State Winner along with the Art Teacher and one parent to New York to visit Art Museums.