Greetings AAEA members!
I hope this message finds you and your families well and enjoying this springtime in our beautiful state of Arizona.
I am excited to introduce myself as your new President of the Arizona Art Education Association effective April 9, 2016 at the Changeover Meeting held at the Mesa Arts Center. I begin this influential journey with an amazing council: Jessica Soifer, President Elect; Tonia Easton, Secretary; Emily Dobson, Treasurer, and Michelle Lindsay, Past President. I have invited each of them to share a little bit about themselves so you can get to know those dedicated members serving you.
My final “yes” to be AAEA President Elect two years ago was full of fear and questions. I witnessed committed educators give their time and talent and wondered, “How could I fill those shoes?” I first learned I was not alone on this journey of serving after meeting other members passionate about serving our members at the Leadership Retreat the summer of 2016. I next learned to trust my vision and voice by working with two wonderful conference teams and having wonderful memories in the process. I also learned from the National Art Education Association, which we are ALL members of as AAEA members, that other states experience similar challenges and have valuable resources they are willing to share. Finally, I learned that no matter what job description I had or what job I was doing, when I listened to the desires of my heart and acted in generosity, I was no longer full of fear or questions. Instead, joy was followed by a deep satisfaction knowing that I made a difference.
I begin the next two years excited to apply the lessons I learned as your President Elect and build upon the strong foundation our dedicated predecessors have provided our association. Our budget is balanced and audited thanks to Michelle Lindsay and Emily Dobson. Our Regional Chairs positions are filled thanks to Candace Greene. Our website is attractive and truly accessible thanks to Michelle Lindsay and our webmaster, Lee Polzin. My gratitude for their service is indescribable since it allows us to spread our mission statement to all educators in Arizona and help them believe in their voices and visions and become passionate members of the AAEA.
I have attached my Presidential Goals for the years 2016-18 so you can preview my strategy and planning as your president. I have so much to look forward to and am energized by all the connections you and other members will make through services and opportunities provided by our association as well as the National Art Education Association. I will be in touch as I serve you in this new role and ensure your “yes” to being a member, a new leader, or volunteer will strengthen our AAEA mission statement, A vibrant and creative community that inspires, supports and advocates for innovative learning in the visual arts.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in the Arizona Art Education Association these job descriptions may help you determine what it is you want to volunteer your time towards.
Council meetings give everyone a chance to help make the decisions that will make this association a group that serves the best art teachers in Arizona. Come and join us, you don't have to be a council member to attend. Contact one of the executive board members to learn the date and location of the next meeting.