arts education council
About the Council
The Arts Education Council provides guidance on the development and execution of programs and services that meet the needs of the Arts Education Network—a segment of professional members of Americans for the Arts that works to improve access to and impact of arts education across America.
The Arts Education Council has no more than 15 members, and each member may serve two three-year terms. Council members must maintain professional membership at Americans for the Arts throughout the course of their tenure on the advisory council.
Council members self nominate a chair and vice-chair to work with the Americans for the Arts staff liaison. The chair, vice-chair, and staff liaison run all full council meetings and foster the ongoing engagement of council members and the entire network.
The chair serves a one-year term; at the end of the year the vice-chair assumes the role of chair, and a new vice-chair is elected by the council.
The Arts Education Council advises staff on programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network.
This gives council members the opportunity to be seen as national leaders and provides an opportunity to "give back to the field" through the following ways:
- Participating in ongoing projects (selecting the Arts Education Leadership Award recipient, planning the winter council meeting, reviewing nominations for new council members, etc.)
- Developing Americans for the Arts annual programming (peer-group meetings, professional development sessions, receptions, webinars, etc.)
- Participating in Americans for the ARTSblog (writing and responding to blogs, participating in the bi-annual blog salon, etc.)
- Helping with research projects (field surveys, program evaluation, etc.)
- Participating and supporting network-specific programs (Arts in Education Week, Keep the Arts in Public Schools, etc.)
Council Member Responsibilities
The Arts Education Council meets on a regular basis, through monthly conference calls, as well as two mandatory in-person meetings per year: once in January (when new members' terms begin) and again in June at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.
Council members are responsible for attending all meetings, as well as paying for their airfare and accommodations to attend both of the in-person meetings (including the cost of registration for the Annual Convention).