GAEA Art Blast

GAEA Newsletter

Stan Dodson, GAEA President

being "Lit from Within"

Greetings members, it is my pleasure to introduce myself as I begin the Presidency of GAEA, I send a warm welcome and look forward to our partnership.

The new year is often a time of renewal, in both a spiritual and physical sense. The metaphorical turning of the calendar year presents new opportunities for growth, goals, and gratitude. However, the perpetual sense of time being frozen has captivated each of us as the global pandemic ebbs and flows as we sometimes ask, when will it end? Where is the light?

As an activation activity I often challenge my students to assume the perspective of a candle, writing reflectively and representing how objects can be symbolic. I look to extend this metaphor to each of you; however, I want you to see your illumination not as a lit wick but being lit from within. What fuels your art education journey? What is the fire within?

GAEA has often provided me that reignited flame, through my extended art family I found purpose and place. We on the GAEA board have been working to realigning our goals and purposes to better serve you and we hope you too will be excited by the call to action as we roll out ways to serve, advocate, research, and educate. Highlighted in this newsletter are several ways to rekindle that flame, one at the forefront is our GAEA Spring conference in Tybee, I invite each of you, as Shel Silverstein says, “Come in” and together we can be the light.

If you are a dreamer, come in.

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...

If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire

For we have some flax-golden tales to spin

Come in!

Come in!

-Shel Silverstein

GAEA Spring Conference

Conference is back! Make plans to attend the GAEA Spring conference at Tybee March 10-13

We are very excited to have keynote speaker, Dr. Neila Connors, author of, “If you don’t feed the teachers- they eat the students”.

See our "letter of support" download below to help make your case to attend!

Eventbrite registration is live, now. Visit the GAEA website for full details.


Tybee Island, Ga.

VENUE: Hotel Tybee

Limited discounted room available, book soon!



COST: $225 Registration - incudes all meals and drink coin for Tiki.

Students and retired educators, $150

Additional $15 for parking and resort fee.


Future GAEA fall conference dates

Fall 2022 Piedmont University, Demorest, Ga.

Fall 2023 Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga.

GAEA Spring Conference Registration

March 10-13 All Inclusive $225 members, $150 student/retired

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Board News

Introducing new roles:

Member at Large: Dr. Drew Brown will be serving as an appointed member at large. She alongside Kate McLeod will serve as member at large representatives and will be part of the executive board.

ED&I: NAEA has placed special importance to ED&I (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), as such they have requested each state association create an ED&I committee. Our new ED&I representatives for GAEA are Kyle Robertson and Patrice Newell.

NAHS coordinator: Debi West will be our GAEA NAHS liaison, working with our secondary division lead to develop meaningful engagement opportunities like NAHS conference and shows.

2022 division representatives

Board of Directors

During our last full board meeting, we voted and approved a motion to revise the wording on the ‘Board of Directors’ to fall more in alignment with NAEA. This clarified who are voting members of the board. Here is a copy of the approved amendment to article IV:

The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the President, the President-Elect and the Past President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, Members-at-Large, and the Division Representatives, which are mostly all elected positions shall be considered voting members of the Board of Directors. All other positions such as District Presidents and designated Committee Chairpersons which are non-elected and voluntary positions shall be considered non-voting members of the Board of Directors.

As such, members who are serving on the board in a non-voting capacity are now candidates for GAEA and NAEA awards and honors.

Atlanta Airport Youth Art Galleries

Celebrate your students’ accomplishments by exhibiting their work at an exhibit that gets 4 million visitors each year! GAEA has 2 galleries at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport which can display up to 220 works. Located on Concourse T and on the International Terminal (Concourse E) these exhibit spaces, which are reserved for GAEA members, change 3 times per year providing exhibit opportunities for more than 800 students. While art from k-12 is featured most of the year, college students may also apply.


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NAEA 2022 New York

Join NAEA for the largest gathering of visual arts, design, and media arts educators in the world—the 2022 NAEA National Convention—happening both in person in New York City and virtually, March 3–5, 2022. Engage in virtually countless options for professional learning, connectivity, creativity, and inspiration—no matter what format you choose!

Registration is open NOW!

Visit the NAEA website for complete information and link to register.

The results are coming in and we are excited to have several GAEA members being recognized as NAEA awards winners! A comprehensive list will be revealed soon, join us in NY to celebrate them!

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NAEA22: A Message from Mario Rossero, Executive Director
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