A Letter from the TAEA President

Welcome Visual Art Educators!

I am Janis Nunnally, President of TAEA, and I would like to welcome you to our website! The mission of the Tennessee Art Education Association is "to advance quality visual arts educations and to promote a cohesive professional community through advocacy, leadership, and professional development." We are here for practicing artists, artist who teach art in the school systems, higher education educators, students, administration, museum educators, and any others who want to advocate and advance art education.

Our organization is constantly evolving to be relevant to the current realities of art education. We are using social media to communicate along with emails to connect with as many people as possible. We are always looking for new people to join us in our activities to help us have new, fresh ideas!

TAEA has 3 annual regional Professional Development days, 1 in each region (West, Middle, East). These PD's give great opportunities for networking with other art educators and to learn new hands on lessons.

TAEA has an annual Fall State Professional Development Conference that rotates between the 3 regions. Memphis, Nashville, and Gatlinburg. This annual PD provides top-notch Key Note speakers, Super Sessions that cover many different topics, and hands on workshops with an artist top in their medium. This conference also has opportunities to talk to the board about issues important to you, along with networking during a reception or general session with the other art educators.

Over the past year, we have added a few other PD's as the need arises. Sometimes working with a university to provide another venue for these events, some are division level, for example, Elementary.

We want to hear from you and have you join us preparing these conferences and to help lead. It could be a one-event commitment or assisting with one of our committees. Let us know how you want to participate.

We are affiliated with the National Art Education Association and they have many opportunities for avocation and professional development, also. When you join TAEA you are automatically a member of NAEA. Their website provides new information on the art education front, along with other opporutnities to hear from art educators from around the country.

Contact us through our many social media outlets. We want to know what you want and need from your professional organization.


Janis Nunnally

President of the Tennessee Art Education Association