“Synergies 2007” in Toronto on October 19 – 20 is the upcoming CSEA Conference in partnership with the Ontario Society for Education through Art. More details about the conference can be found on the two websites. We encourage you to add this conference to your plans for the fall, book it into your schedule, book you flights, and count on a great opportunity to connect with art educators from across Canada. I will highlight some of the features of this conference in upcoming messages.
Do you know someone who deserves to be awarded for all the work done for art education? This is a reminder that the CSEA offers two types of awards. There is a single, national award, the “Canadian Art Educator of the Year” which will be awarded to an art educator from any area across Canada and from any area of work, either the K – 12 or post secondary levels. This award is made possible partly through our sponsor Sax Canada Specialty Schools.
The second type of award is the Provincial Affiliate Award. One person from each province is given an award for significant contribution to art education. Typically, the selection of this art educator is done by the provincial association.
These awards are presented at the annual national conference each year. This year, “Synergies 2007” in Toronto in October will include a special event on the Saturday for the presentation of these awards.
Please go to our website to find the forms for nominations of these awards. A reminder about the deadlines for submissions: The Canadian Art Education of the Year Award nominations are to be sent to me directly by July 31, 2007. The end of September is the deadline for Provincial Associations to notify me of the Provincial Affiliate Award recipient.
Awards are important to our association not only because they provide a pat on the back for a deserving art educator, but also because they provide an opportunity to profile the specific work and accomplishments of the award recipients, and thereby serve as valuable advocacy and awareness for art education.
I would like to pass along at least one piece of information about art education in each province each year. So, if you have any news about art education in your province that could be highlighted here, please contact me with the details.
Thank you everyone, have a good month.