BTS Specialists Visit New Orleans for National Art Education Association Conference: An Article by Molly Neves

An important part of the BYU ARTS Partnership is training teachers as they continue to learn and develop professionally.

A few of our Beverley Taylor Sorenson visual art specialists had a wonderful opportunity to attend the 2015 National Art Education Association National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Thousands of visual art educators attend this nationwide conference every year and the experience to connect with other educators and attend a variety of sessions and workshops is invaluable.

In addition to experiencing the beautiful French Quarter, world famous beignets, and delicious Cajun and Creole food, our specialists were able to listen to keynote speaker and art advocate Tim Gunn, as well as choose from a large selection of sessions to attend during the three-day conference. Each specialist will bring the skills and knowledge they acquired back to their respective schools to share with their staff.

One of the most exciting parts of attending a national workshop dealing with arts integration is the realization that some of the most innovative and creative methods used in arts integration today we are already using. We are currently working on research projects to record and share some of the best practices in our state to benefit the field of arts integration as a whole. Our specialists and classroom teachers are collaborating in phenomenal ways and it is exciting to be on the front lines of arts integration practices.
Thank you BYU for providing this wonderful opportunity to our specialists!
Molly Neves is an artist and elementary art education specialist. She is a member of the Utah Art Education Association, as well as the National Art Education Association.

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