We are a professional organization of art educators in Georgia affiliated with the National Art Education Association.
An Opportunity for Arts Education Supporters!!
As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed by Congress, each state must develop a specific implementation plan for K-12 public education. To help shape the plan for our state, the Georgia Department of Education and State School Superintendent Richard Woods are inviting the public to participate in feedback sessions held in various locations throughout the state over the next two months.
At each feedback session, Superintendent Woods will welcome participants and provide an introduction to the ESSA. Attendees then will be divided into working groups to discuss SPECIFIC TOPICS related to implementing the legislation in Georgia public schools. The topics include accountability, assessment, education of the whole child, federal programs, and teacher & leader development.
Because of the importance of this process, and the potential for the implementation plan to influence education and access to arts learning in Georgia for a decade or more, GCA is encouraging arts education supporters to attend the feedback sessions. The schedule of feedback sessions is below. All meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m.
August 29: Habersham County, Piedmont College (Student Commons Building), 375 Georgia Street, Demorest, GA 30535
September 1: Dougherty County, Dougherty Comprehensive High School, 1800 Pearce Ave, Albany, GA 31705
September 14: Fulton County, North Learning Center, 450 Northridge Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30350
September 19: Muscogee County, Northside High School, 2002 American Way, Columbus, GA 31909
October 12: Laurens County, Old West Laurens (OWL) Training Center, 338 West Laurens School Road, Dublin, GA 31021
October 13: Chatham County, Pulaski Elementary School, 1001 Tibet Avenue, Savannah, GA 31419
October 17: Gordon County, Gordon County College & Career Academy, 305 Beamer Road, Calhoun, GA 30701
Learn more about the ESSA and the development of Georgia’s state plan at gadoe.org/ESSA. For those unable to attend an in-person meeting, a survey opportunity will soon be announced and posted at gadoe.org/ESSA. Feedback can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about arts learning in Georgia, visit the DOE fine arts web page, or visit the GCA website to read the Governor's Arts Learning Task Force Recommendations and review the research report on Arts Education in Georgia. If you have questions, contact Allen Bell, Arts Education Manager, at email@example.com.
Fall Conference: October 13-15, 2016
Book your conference hotel room now!
Holiday Inn- Lanier Centre
400 E.E. Butler Parkway
A block of King and/or Double Queen rooms has been reserved for the
conference at a rate of $95.00 per night with breakfast included. The conference rate will be available until Sept. 30th or until the block is filled.
The GAEA’s 2016 Fall Conference co-sponsored by Brenau University and the University of North Georgia will kick off at 12 pm on Thursday, Oct. 13 with registration at Brenau’s Downtown Center (formerly the Georgia Mountain Center). The Brenau Downtown Center is at 301 Main St. SW on the corner of Jesse Jewell Parkway and adjacent to Gainesville’s Downtown Square. Conference goers must enter through the Main St. entrance. The parking garage at the Downtown Center is free!
Enter dates for hotel stay, then click on “More Options” directly under the Check-
Out date box. Enter code GEA in the Group Code box, then click “Check
Availability.” This will allow you to go ahead and register online.
IMPORTANT: This cannot be done on a mobile phone; you must use a computer or call the Holiday Inn directly for reservations.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Alexandra (Lexi) Cutcher,senior lecturer in Arts and Education at Southern Cross University in Queensland, Australia. Lexi is the author of "Displacement, Identity and Belonging: An Auto/Biographical,
Arts-based Portrayal of Ethnicity and Experience." In addition to the keynote address at this year’s Gala, Dr. Cutcher will conduct a hands-on workshop incorporating practical
professional learning strategies at 3 pm on Saturday at the University of North Georgia in Oakwood.
Free Resources and Open Studio Area @ 2016 Conference:
An Open Studio area with basic supplies and paper in the Brenau Downtown will
be available throughout the conference for your creative uses. A Free Resources table will also be located in this area; if you have books, magazines, or supplies you can’t use but think that another art teacher can, please share the wealth and bring them to drop off here. If you find things you can use or just want, take them!
Congratulations to this year's GAEA Award Winners!!!
Art Educator of the Year- Pam Morgan
Secondary Art Educator of the Year- Debi West
Middle Level Art Educator of the Year- Emily Holton
Elementary Art Educator of the Year- Bobbi Adamcyzk
Museum Education Art Educator of the Year- Christy Barlow
Distinguished Service within the Profession- Dr. Tom Cato
Distinguished Service Outside of the Profession- State Superintendent Richard Woods
Outstanding National Art Honor Society Sponsor- Lynn Hatcher
Croy West Special Needs Art Educator of the Year- Holly Barbour