During my last message, I gave a few highlights from the 2006 Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and congratulated Dr. Rita Irwin on being the first recipient of the newly established CSEA/Sax Canada award, the Canadian Art Educator of the Year Award. At this time, I would like to congratulate the provincial affiliate award winners, all of whom were at the conference to receive their awards in person. The following highlights are very brief summaries of their many contributions to art education. Congratulations to these four award winners!
Wendy Long: British Columbia CSEA Affiliate Award Winner
Wendy is a high school art and media teacher in White Rock/Surrey, BC. She has been active in the BC Student Film Festival, served on the BCATA Executive in many capacities including President, has written curriculum for the Ministry of Education, has planned a Conference, and continues to be a leader in her school district. Wendy has an energetic approach to her teaching and a passion for art that capture her students and lead to their successes.
Carol MacDonnell: Alberta CSEA Affiliate Award Winner
Carol has recently retired from many years of work in art education, mainly as an instructor at the University of Calgary, but also at several art galleries, several different universities, and elementary school. She has been recognized for her excellent teaching. Carol has been editor of the CSEA Journal, and is known for her effective work with the Reggio Emilia approach to education. We wish Carol all the best in her retirement.
Cheryl Zubrack: Manitoba CSEA Affiliate Award Winner
Cheryl is a well-known art teacher and leader in Manitoba. She has taught in many contexts, including the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education. She is currently the Art Consultant, teacher support for the Winnipeg School Division. Cheryl has held many leadership roles within art education, many with the Manitoba Association for Art Education, including being President and being newsletter and journal editor.
Mary Intven-Wallace: Ontario CSEA Affiliate Award Winner
Mary is an art teacher for the London District, and program developer and instructor with Museum London, as well as part-time faculty at the University of Western Ontario. She is been recognized as an excellent art teacher. She is supportive of new teachers and is active in beginning teacher mentorship programs. Mary is well known as the illustrator and author of many books, often created after spending time in the far north. She is an active artist, having had many group and solo exhibitions.
Provincial Affiliate Awards
Is there someone in your province who is making a significant contribution to art education, and who deserves to be recognized for that work? This is a reminder that the CSEA has an award for each Province. The nomination forms, timelines and requirements are on the website, and the awards are presented at the fall Conference.
We can be proud of our two main print publications, the Canadian Art Teacher or CAT, and the Canadian Review of Art Education, or the CRAE. We encourage you to consider submitting something for these publications, a lesson plan, a description of a special project, a report of some recent research, or whatever profile of your work in art education would make a contribution to these publications. CAT editor Mike Emme and CREA editor Boyd White would be pleased to receive a submission from you, or to answer any questions you might have about a submission. Reading about what is happening in art education in other areas in Canada is a great way to keep us connected while sharing valuable information and ideas.
The BCATA annual provincial conference “About Face” recently took place in Kamloops, BC under sunny skies and warm hospitality. Keynote speakers jan jagodzinski and Gu Xiong both presented visually rich talks, followed by many great workshops. A flame dancer at the banquet, great food throughout the weekend, and an art gallery reception all added sparks to the conference.
Thank you everyone, have a good month.