Dr. Penny Wallin, Executive Director
Dr. Penny Wallin,
Executive Director

Dear MAAE Friends,

 The fall is here, and we had our first Board meeting of this new year at the Lauren Rogers Museum. Thanks to George Bassi, our host, to our Executive Board, and to the Board members who brought fresh energy and ideas. Special thanks to our mentor and lifetime member, Althea Jerome, for providing the inspiring Board Orientation.   With fall in the air, we welcome crisp, cool mornings and invigorating evenings! We welcome vivid colors and falling leaves in this season of change, and we welcome all energetic Board members as we launch our MAAE work.

Current MAAE work is alive and well and needs your input:

1)    All Board members left the meeting with MAAE Posters and membership applications to tell our story and grow our numbers…one person…one student…one arts lover at a time. Remember, high school, community college, and university students receive the MAAE honor cord to wear at graduation. Board members who are teachers and instructors can request a cord to wear at graduation also. The cord and membership signify support for arts in education for every Mississippi student.

2)    Why ART? T shirts are on order! All MAAE members will proudly wear these shirts, which were designed by the Williams family from Tupelo, and are an ongoing fundraiser this year. If you have not ordered your shirt, contact Shannon Frost at shannon@msartsalliance.com.

3)    Our grant focus this month is a STEM to STEAM application. A committee from the Board is working on this proposal that will train teachers to improve and enhance delivery of science, technology, engineering, and math with the ARTS. In the words of Justin Brady of the Iowa Creativity Summit, “As students go back to school, knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math are certainly important, but their imagination, creativity and how they interact with others is critical. Like any flower, the stem is valuable but the bloom on top inspires our imagination – and that’s what people connect to.”

4) Don’t forget October is JumpStart Month with Read For the Record. Go to the JumpStart website at www.jstart.org to register that you will read Bunny Cakes to children. All attending Board members received the book to use and donate. After you complete this ‘literacy through arts’ event, record the number of children you impacted. Also email me with the number, so that MAAE can report our numbers to MPB, our partner in this international endeavor.

Together we will make 2014-2015 a banner year for promoting the arts for all students in our state.

Wishing you well,