New and Returning Executive
BCATA and the CSEA/SCÉA jointly present Intersections 2016 in always beautiful Victoria, BC. October 20-22, 2016. For current information visit: www.intersections2016.ca
AGM Date Location: October 21 or 22, 2016, in Victoria, BC.
Your new or returning Executive Include:
Peter Vietgen, PhD
Peter Vietgen, PhD is an Associate Professor of Art Education in the Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, Brock University, Ontario.
As the current President of CSEA (Term 2014 – 2016), I have been honoured to serve this organization during a time of exciting change and renewal! During my term, I have been engaged in a number of different aspects of our operation. Having led our Members’ Forum in October of 2015 in Montreal, I followed up this gathering with a revitalized CSEA/SCEA Action Plan which outlined the three major directives that came out of the Members’ Forum. These directives were a greater focus on 1) On-line Presence, 2) Advocacy/Public Awareness/ Communication and 3) Fundraising/Fiscal Responsibility. Over the past two years, I have been directly involved with or supported initiatives related to these directives such as the development of our new logo, a new website, CRAE moving to an online presence, and just this past summer 2016, developing and presenting CSEA’s first National Summer Institute for Educators, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto. In my past terms as a Vice President of CSEA, I Co-Chaired our 2013 national conference in Montreal and served as Canadian Co-Curator of Eksperimenta! 2014, the International Youth Art Exhibition held every three years in Tallinn, Estonia. With experience in these various CSEA initiatives, I hope that I may continue in this role to serve as CSEA President for a second term.
Director of Fundraising:
Mary Blatherwick, PhD
Contribution to CSEA: I have four degrees in art education and extensive teaching experience in both the public schools and at the post secondary level. As an art educator I have also chaired a numerous of arts related boards and established the New Brunswick Visual Art Education Association. In my capacity as an executive member of CSEA I have been contributed as a vice-president, the director of publications and presently the director of praxis and resources. Among my major interests were: I advocating to hire a part-time administrator to assist us with the business of running CSEA, helping to develop publications and promoting the sales of our texts in various ways in Canada and the US. In the last two years among other board related work I assisted with a visual presentation to be used for outreach and conference presentations, promoted the revisions of our brochure and the creation of a new website so CSEA initiatives, news and resources would have a greater online presence, which would better serve our present membership and also attract new members.
As director of fundraising: In the role of director of fundraising I would bring my previous experience as a CSEA executive member, and new contacts that I have developed over the years as well as connections to provincial and national funding agencies. Forming a sub-committee with other fundraisers with experience in the arts and education would be an important first step in accessing and developing financial expertise and planning fundraising initiatives.
Membership is an ongoing consideration, and together with the executive it would be crucial to ensure that we hold a regular membership event and/or drive to increase our numbers. Attaching membership to conference registrations is one ways we increase our numbers, but additional approaches need to be considered to retain new members. I look forward the challenges this directorship would present.
I believe CSEA is an invaluable National organization that supports and promotes the purpose and importance of art education in all its forms through its professional development initiatives, conferences, educational resources, and website.
Director of Publications and Resources:
Boyd White, PhD
I am a long-time member of McGill University’s Faculty of Education. A current research project examines material culture and pre-service teacher identity development, and the potential for the involvement in the arts to contribute to identity development. Ongoing research addresses the nature of aesthetic encounters and their contributions to learning. My teaching interests: philosophy of education, ethics, art education, aesthetics and art criticism. In this last area I am particularly interested in the writing of poetry as interaction with visual art. I am a regular participant in national and international conferences such as AERA, NAEA, CSSE, CSEA. I have written numerous journal articles. Text chapters include: ReVisions: Readings in Canadian Art Teacher Education (3rd ed), Starting with….(3rd ed) and What works: Innovative strategies for teaching art. I have published four texts: Aesthetics Primer (2009), Peter Lang Publishing; Aesthetics Education for the 21st Century, co-edited with Tracie Costantino, (2010), Sense Publishers; Aesthetics, Empathy and Education, co-edited with Tracie Costantino, (2013); Diålogos com a arte: Experiencia e criacao de sentido.Co-authored with Joao Pedro Frois & Carolina Silva. Universidade de Lisboa.
I have been editor of Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, 2001 – 2007 and 2015. I have served on the CSEA executive as Director of Publications from 2014-16.
Director of Awards:
Mary Ann Dobson
Mary Ann Dobson is an Art Educator and Assistant Principal at Highlands School in Edmonton, Alberta. Highlands School, an Arts Core school serving students in grades 7-9, has several artists in residence throughout each year, and boasts a teaching staff that embodies authentic teaching through the arts. Mary Ann has taught art for 20 years from Kindergarten through to the high school International Baccalaureate program. As well, she was the Art Consultant for Edmonton Public Schools (EPSB), and is currently responsible to coordinate public display of K-12 student artwork for EPSB.
Mary Ann has a BFA and more recently, completed her Master of Art Education at the University of Alberta. Her interest in serving the Canadian Society for Education through Art/Société canadienne d’éducation par l’art (CSEA) stems from the desire to connect with art educators outside her circle, and to have a broader understanding of contemporary issues facing art education. Mary Ann looks forward to continuing her service with the CSEA, recognizing and celebrating outstanding art education studies and practice in Canada.
Director of Communications:
After receiving his BFA (Guelph) and BEd (Ottawa) Paul Syme pursued an MA in Art Education at NSCAD. Since completing his residency in 1997, Paul has taught art and design at Horton High School, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. From 2005-11, Paul was also the Arts Education Consultant for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. When the NS Department of Education made consultants redundant, Paul proposed to Acadia University that what non-art teachers often sought and needed were strategies in cultivating creative thinking amongst themselves and their students. This resulted in Acadia offering a new program — an MEd in Curriculum Studies with a Focus on Creativity where Paul continues to teach part-time. Paul enjoys working with teachers and administrators from diverse backgrounds because he thrives through collaborative challenges that build positive and productive environments with aims to nurture creative activity, empathic sensitivities, and inclusive values.
As the current CSEA Director of Digital Communication Paul has consulted with a team of colleagues to reconsider and deliver a new logo and website for the CSEA. Paul hopes to follow through with these initiatives to ensure that our online presence grows and reflects the vision and mandate of CSEA members.
Director of Special Projects (National and International):
Adrienne Boulton, PhD
Adrienne completed a Bachelor of Education degree (Secondary) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994. She taught secondary Visual Art in public and private middle and secondary schools from 1994-2006 in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In 2007, Adrienne began a Master of Art Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), which she completed in 2009. Upon completion, Adrienne entered the PhD program in Curriculum at UBC, which she completed in 2015. Her research areas focus on Visual Art teacher education, the pedagogical potential of contemporary art practice and arts-based forms of research. Adrienne began her work with the CSEA in 2010 as a Graduate Student Executive member. In that capacity, Adrienne expanded the Graduate Student Symposium, initiated the Graduate Student Dissertation Award, worked as a guest editor for CAT journal and helped to coordinate various CSEA conferences. In 2014, Adrienne accepted a position as an Assistant professor of Art Education at Missouri State University and started a new position as a Director of International Projects. In this role, Adrienne developed the CSEA’s connections with INSEA and expanded the CSEA’s participation in an international art show entitled Eksperimenta through the participation of six art galleries sand 15 high schools across Canada. Adrienne is currently employed as a researcher and Faculty Advisor at UBC. She has a strong personal and professional commitment to the arts and hopes to continue to advocate for the arts at a provincial, national and international level through her work with the CSEA.
Provincial Liaison, Social Media, and Advocacy:
Laurel Hart, PhD
Laurel Hart is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education. She completed her Master’s and Doctorate in Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal. Her BA and BEd come from UBC, where she is a certified teacher. Laurel recently lived and taught in Kyoto, Japan, which expanded her understanding of arts and culture, and taught her new techniques for social media and community-engaged art and research.
Hart’s work explores urban and community development through the arts (notably participatory and collaborative art forms), social media, and community-based research and arts-based research. Her interests include: place making, educational technologies, informal education, teacher education, new media arts and photography, and interdisciplinary research (from oral history, to urban design, feminist and gender issues, and more.) Hart’s doctoral research utilized community action research and arts-based research to create the women’s mobile photography community, Her Mind’s Eye. Through informal education using social media and in-person meetings, the group sought to investigate women’s experiences of urban life and highlight women’s voices within local culture through exhibitions and online presence. This resulted in local and international exhibitions.
As a member of the CSEA executive, Laurel Hart hopes to bring her inter-provincial experience, research and teaching knowledge to the position of CSEA Provincial Liaison, Social Media, and Advocacy. Having benefited greatly from CSEA and its partner provincial organizations for many years, she looks forward to this chance to apply her knowledge, particularly in Social Media, to supporting CSEA’s online/ offline communities, and Canada’s emerging art educators.
Graduate Student Representative:
I am a mother, interdisciplinary artist, writer, educator and PhD student passionate about creating dialogue at sites of relation. My arts-based Master’s thesis titled “An A/r/tographical Inquiry of a Silenced First Nation Ancestry, Hauntology, G(hosts) and Art(works): An Exhibition Catalogue” explores the silencing of my Indigenous ancestry and was recently accepted by the International Journal of Education and the Arts. The project led me to pursue the power of arts-based research and methods further. I just received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for my doctoral research titled Arts-based methods in Canadian Universities: Interdisciplinary inquiries beyond boundaries.
As an artist and member of Blink Art Collective, I employ video, performance, sculpture, and installation to inquire into place, space, and narrative. My arts-based research interests include spatiality, relationality, public space, and alternative education. I was recently co-founder/director of a temporary arts-based democratic school named Summerhill on Major’s Hill.
As interim Grad Rep for the CSEA executive, I have recently had the privilege of assisting in the organization of the graduate student symposium, a symposium that I have attended twice with great pleasure. These experiences have been pivotal in my own personal growth as an emerging researcher. Through the symposium and publication opportunities, the CSEA creates opportunities for meaningful and lasting connections to be made. It is my hope that I may extend my interim status, and stay in this incredible process!
Please e-mail Miriam Cooley, Past President of the CSEA/SCÉA and Chair of the Nominating Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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