SchoolArts Magazine

September 2017

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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Editor's Letter A dvocacy comes in many forms, but taking action to promote your art program is incredibly impor - tant for its success. It is also up to you. Getting published, whether in a blog, newsletter, journal, or magazine, is one approach. Recently, we have received some rewarding comments from two art teachers who speak from experience about the benefits of publication in SchoolArts: Art teachers out there—my art student of six years, Yung Jake, is on the cover of this issue [April 2017]. You DO make a difference. We help make real artists shine, and they rise in the world. —Robin Fasciano Gianis, Bridgehampton Elementary School, Bridgehampton, NY One of the best things I ever did for my career was to get published seven times by SchoolArts magazine. I always gave a copy to my principal and superintendent, and I pre - sented a workshop on writing for SchoolArts at Pennsylva- nia Art Education Association conferences. — Kris Fontes, retired from Union City Middle/ High School, Union City, Pennsylvania Kris also required her student teachers to submit a les- son to SchoolArts as part of her program. Her student Chris DeMayo wrote the article, "The Average Image" (April 2014) and even scored the cover. He went on to be the NAEA Out - standing New Professional at the New Orleans convention. Getting published in SchoolArts is only one of the many approaches you can take to promote your art program. This issue, co-edited with SchoolArts contributing edi - tor Frank Juarez, presents a wide variety of ideas to inspire your advocacy efforts. These include creating an outdoor classroom, presenting an art exhibit at a local bakery, a student-led school art exhibition, exhibiting student-made quilts through a collaboration with a local historical society, working with an artist and university on a large-scale instal - lation, and more. Sharing your art program in such public ways can only be a benefit for your students and school. Nancy with Karmin Wilson in Oaxaca, Mexico, for Days of the Dead. Karmin learned about SchoolArts travel offerings from the magazine and used what she learned from her experiences to promote her art program. Visit Follow me on SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 3

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