Saturday, December 16, 2023

2024 Virtual Spring Professional Development Conference


SAVE THE DATE: February 10th, 2024

We are pleased to announce the 3rd annual KAEA Virtual Spring Professional Development Conference offered FREE as a benefit to our members. This will be a one day event held Saturday, February 10th, 2024.

  • We are looking for presenters to share engaging sessions live on Zoom! Click HERE for the link to the presenter proposal.
    • Sessions can be hands-on or informational.
    • Consider how you would share the information in an engaging way.
    • Hands-on? Please include a list of materials that members would need to gather ahead of time in order to participate with you!
  • Is there a topic you would like to learn more about? Do you have an idea for a workshop that you would like to take? Email and we will see if we can find someone to present on that topic.

We accept reciprocal membership for our conferences! If you are a member of NAEA in another state, you are welcome to attend or apply to present at our conference!

Friday, December 1, 2023

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

November Book Club: Georgia by Dawn Tripp

 The next KAEA Book Club meeting will be held this Sunday, November 19th at 7 PM discussing 

Georgia by Dawn Tripp

Here is the zoom link:

Topic: KAEA November Book Club: Georgia
Time: Nov 19, 2023 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 9368 7576
Passcode: 256058

Monday, October 30, 2023

Upcoming Drive-In Events

 All KAEA Region Events are open to all!

Art Educators can attend any event that interests them in any region! Bring along a non-member colleague or friend! 

Watch for e-mail blasts for scheduled events.




November 11th, 2023

10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Hiawatha Elementary School

600 Miami St

Hiawatha, KS 66434

Come learn how to create ceramic (and air dry clay) finger puppets as well as ceramic face vessels with Kate Miller in Hiawatha, KS!

We will break for lunch and you can explore downtown Hiawatha eating options or bring a sack lunch.

These are projects that can be used in elementary and  beyond.

Please email by Nov 8, if you plan to attend.

Kansas City

November 15th, 2023


Moxie Art Studio

10362 Mastin St, Overland Park, KS


Cost is $10 per person.

Please register by clicking here:

Join other KAEA Art Teachers for this fun workshop opportunity with Nevr-Dull. This re-purposed art-making-material is fun and allows for loads of creativity. In this workshop Art Teachers from around the area will be creating ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) using a variety of materials, techniques, and mediums. Teachers will have the chance to swap ATCs with fellow art teachers in a fun and creative end of workshop activity.

We will meet at the brand new Moxie Art Studio. In addition to the workshop, the studio owner will also share information on fundraiser opportunities and classes they will offer.

Light snacks will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring snacks and beverages of their choice.



Please contact Shellie Schwab with any questions or more information.


North Central Region

November 17- Salina, KS

December 2- Lyons, KS

January 20- Salina, KS

November 17th - Social Dinner - 6 - 8 Salina, KS @ Olive Garden

Come and chat, have a good time with some art friends!


December 2 - Basic Clay 101 10 - 2 Lyons Middle School, Lyons KS

Learn about basic hand-building, kiln loading and maintenance, and tips and tricks of clay hand-building methods


January 20 - Social Lunch - 11-1 Salina, KS @ Blue Skye Brewery 

Come and chat, have a good time with some art friends.


Thursday, October 5, 2023

Conference Info


Conference Attendees:

We are so excited to see you at the Fall Professional Development Conference in Emporia, KS.


Check in will be in Memorial Union, 2nd floor (1331 Market St.)

Park in the designated Memorial Union parking spaces while you are checking in only.

Thursday: 4-7pm

Friday: 7-9am


Parking on Campus:

When you check in you will receive a conference parking pass that will allow you to park in the visitor/conference parking lot across from the Memorial Union.  If you choose to park closer in the metered parking spots make sure you have enough quarters to get you to 4:30 when they stop ticketing or assume responsibility for all tickets. You do not need quarters or parking passes for Saturday. Parking Maps are located in your conference booklet.



You will receive your schedule when you check in.  This will also serve as your receipt.


Pre-conference Activity

You have had a long day teaching and traveling, let your hair down and have some fun! 

The pre-conference activities will be at the Lyon History Museum (711 Commercial Street) Board Games will be on the first floor from 6-8pm with water, pretzels, and popcorn served.

The Disco Dance party is on the 3rd floor from 8-10pm with a cash bar.


If you are registered for the off-campus workshops:

Stained Glass Window Tour, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 828 Commercial Street

Mastering the Art of Cutting the Cheese, Vault, 509 Commercial Street


Silent Auction:

Don’t forget to bring something to put into the silent auction!  And…bid, bid, bid!  All proceeds go to fund the Pre-Service Conference grants. Drop your items off at check-in.


Suitcase Sale:

Don’t forget to bring money to shop at the member’s Suitcase Sale on Friday night—there is always some great things showcased!


People who are presenting at the conference and need technology:

To be fully prepared, please save your presentation in several ways, including on a flash drive, in a Google folder, and on your laptop.  The projectors in the art department will hook up to a laptop with an HDMI cable. If you are presenting in Memorial Union on Friday, there will be tech support, but that does not necessarily mean they will have the cord/dongles you need.  

#ksarted #kaea2023

Sunday, September 17, 2023

2023 Condition of the Arts in Kansas Survey

If you have not done so yet--we would appreciate it if you could take a few moments out of your schedule this week to fill out the survey.

2023 Condition of the Arts in Kansas Survey

The Kansas Art Education Association invites you to complete our 2023 Condition of the Arts in Kansas Survey. While we know this will take a few minutes of your time, we have tried to keep responses as quick and easy as possible. The data collected is confidential and will be available as a public resource to advocate for art programs across the state. We sent a similar surveyfive years ago and are updating this valuable resource. 

Our original results are available for your review here

Thank you for your time and energy in supporting art education programs across the state. 

Please use the following link to complete this year's survey:

If possible, please respond by September 22nd. The results will be compiled and made available during the KAEA Fall Professional Development Conference in October.

Natalie Brown

Saturday, September 16, 2023

October Book Club

 The next KAEA Book Club meeting will be held October 1st at 7 PM, discussing 

Growing Up Ugly, Memoirs of a Black Boy Daydreaming by James Haywood Rolling Jr.

James Haywood Rolling Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the 2023 KAEA Fall Professional Development Conference. In preparation for that event, the KAEA Book Club will be reading his book and discussing the week before the conference.

Katie Morris is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: October Book Club
Time: Oct 1, 2023 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 885 9388 1389
Passcode: 428360

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Registration is Now Open for #KAEA2023!


Things to Remember and Explore:

Pre-Conference Social

Pre-conference activity 

"Chill or Thrill"

Chill: Board Games (6-8 pm)

Thrill: Night at the Disco (8-10 pm)

Workshop Offerings

There are some excellent workshops to choose from!! 

You will be able to take your new knowledge right back to your classroom!

The Schedule

Check-In will take place Thursday evening from 4-7 

and Friday morning from 7-9 in the Memorial Union, Second floor

Check out the full schedule on the conference website.

Keynote Speaker

James Haywood Rolling Jr. is the current and 37th President of the 

National Art Education Association. Before this role, he initially served as 

NAEA’s Higher Education Division Director (2011-2013), Was recognized 

with the 2014 National Higher Art Educator Award for outstanding service and achievement, 

and also served as the inaugural Chair of NAEA’s Equity, 

Diversity, and Inclusion Commission

Division and Region Meetings

There will be designated meeting times for the different regions 

and divisions to get together to discuss pertinent information.


Conference Grants are Available

Member teacher grant applications are due by September 1st!

Grants provide recipients with $200 to offset the cost of the conference. 

Five grants are available and recipients will receive cash at the conference.

Member Pre-Service/Student grant applications are due by September 15th.

Grants provide recipients with the cost of registration. 

Recipients will receive a code to remove the cost of registration 

from their online registration form. 

Applicants must be a member BEFORE applying.

Limit 20--grants are awarded on a first come basis.

Applications can be found at:

The Members Only Art Exhibit

This is a great and easy way to show off your talents with this digital format! You must be a conference 

registrant to participate. Limit of two entries per member

Provide the images with title, media and date to Rebecca Lomshek

College Credit is Available

This is a great opportunity to get college credit at a great price!

Friends University: $85

Details are on the conference website.

             Silent and Live Auction                      

               Don't forget to bring something to donate and money to buy!!

Check out the offerings throughout Friday morning--browse often....and bid often!!

 Bidding will end at 1:00

Proceeds go to fund the Pre-Service Conference Grants.


T-Shirts---Keynote Speaker's Book

Pre-Order your conference shirt(s) and a copy of Keynote Speaker James Haywood Rolling Jr's book 

" Growing Up Ugly: Memoirs of a Black Boy Daydreaming" with your registration.

Details on the conference website. 

Deadline to pre-order is September 15th.


District won't pay for your t-shirt with your registration?--no problem!

There are directions on the website as to how you can pre-order with the KAEA Treasurer.

All orders are due by September 15th--there will only be a few extras at the sales table for purchase.

Suitcase Sale

You do not have to reserve a spot to sell your wares, this year!! 

Only requirements are that you are a member and that you are a conference registrant.

Bring money to buy--there are always a great variety of quality art pieces to choose from!

The suitcase sale will be during First Fridays Gallery Hopping from 5-8pm at the Lyon County Museum. 

If you have any questions--contact:

Conference Questions: Charity-Mika Woodard

Registration Questions: Linda Nelson-Bova

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Join in July!

There are lots of reasons to join KAEA, but the one we hear most from long-time members is the sense of community! We are the largest group of art educators in Kansas and we would love to have you join us! 

We know that we are stronger together and if you join in July, you can possibly win a Free Registration to the Fall Conference for yourself--but, you could also help us earn an additional vote at the NAEA delegates assembly so that we can make sure that our Kansas voices are heard on important art education issues at the National level.

During these trying times--KAEA and NAEA are making very concerted efforts to support their members with meaningful content, opportunities and assistance. 

We want to help you....and, we know that so many of you have expertise and knowledge that you can share with us!

Not a member of KAEA? 

Or maybe you have let your membership lapse?

Every person who joins or re-joins KAEA/NAEA

between July 1st and July 31st

will have their name put into a drawing

for FREE registration cost to our 2023 Fall Professional

Development Conference at Emporia State University. 

We will be giving away THREE registrations!!

Did you know that you can use your Artsonia credits towards a membership?

(If you renew with Artsonia--please email me ( as it

takes longer for the membership to show up on the database and we want to get you into the drawing!)



It is always a great time to recruit your fellow art educators! NAEA often has incentive programs for referring new members and it is an opportunity for you to share why you are a member of your professional organization.  

Make sure to tell your referral to write

your name on their form!!


If you have any questions about membership, contact:
Linda Nelson-Bova
KAEA Membership Chair
or any KAEA Board member


KAEA Mission Statement

KAEA is dedicated to the advancement of the human and cultural understanding through the study of art by providing opportunities for professional growth and development, exchange of knowledge and ideas, and service and leadership for the advancement of quality art education.