An invitation to join our social media committee

Dear colleagues and members,
We are currently searching for members with an interest and/or experience in social media marketing, influencing, and community-building to join our social media and advocacy sub-committee led by Tiina Kukkonen, Director of Provincial Liaison, Social Media, and Advocacy.
As part of the volunteer sub-committee, you will advise the Director and help develop strategies to further the CSEA/SCÉA’s social media presence, outreach, and engagement. The input and service you provide may be intermittent or ongoing throughout the year, depending on your interests and schedule. 
We hope to continue to grow and support our membership through the various online spaces that help us stay connected in these times. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Tiina Kukkonen at
We look forward to hearing from you!
Tiina Kukkonen
CSEA/SCÉA Director of Provincial Liaison,
     Social Media, and Advocacy

Cynthia Jane Taylor (1936 – 2020)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cynthia Jane Taylor.  The CSEA/SCEA sends sincere condolences to her family, friends, students and colleagues.

Cynthia Jane Taylor, age 84, lover of life, mother, teacher, artist, conversationalist, musician, seeker, died suddenly at home in Sambro Head, Nova Scotia, on October 19, 2020. She was the wife of Hugh William (“Bill”) McKibbon; mother of Jeffrey, Tim, Eric, Melissa and their partners; stepmother of Eric and Lisa; grandmother of 8; step-grandmother of 2; proud great grandmother of 4; sister of Robin, Priscilla, and Melanie; aunt of numerous nieces and nephews; best friend and mentor of many all around the planet. She was beloved by all who knew her.
Exceptionally full of vitality and youthful energy, Cynthia had a beaming smile. She expressed her joy and love for life and other people through boundless hospitality, humour, and positive encouragement, especially in art, music, and thought.

Born in 1936 as the first of four daughters of Lorne and Ruth (née Smith) Macey of Montreal West, Quebec, Cynthia quickly showed her intelligence and creative spark. She studied architecture at McGill University and later art education. She met her first husband Bruce Taylor (1929-1996) at McGill. They soon embarked on what was to become a lifelong passion for international travel. When Cynthia was 22 years old, she and Bruce travelled throughout Europe in their campervan. She was not worried that she was pregnant with her first child, and was excitedly planning to have Jeff in Italy. However, just before his birth she had a change of heart and boarded a plane home while trying not to reveal her pregnancy. Cynthia and Bruce eventually settled in Peterborough, Ontario where they raised four children, and Cynthia began to teach art in high schools.

In 1975, Cynthia moved to Nova Scotia with her second love, Bill, and continued to teach art. She taught a year at J.L. Ilsley High School in Spryfield before becoming a professor in the Art Education department of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. There Cynthia worked closely with an exceptional team of professors who cared deeply about their students and the future of art education. The ‘diva’ of Art Ed, Cynthia organized various conferences as well as the annual fun-filled retreats to Paradise, Nova Scotia for the students, staff, and their families. She also served as President of the Faculty Union of NSCAD. As a teacher of art educators, her focus was to encourage students to teach art playfully, with passion, good humour, and excellence.
While teaching at NSCAD, Cynthia returned to her own studies, earning a Ph.D in Art Education from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, after which she became NSCAD’s first female full professor. She also developed the art of painting on silk, and her home and those of many of her friends and family are filled with her wonderful, vibrant silks bursting with colour.
Cynthia and Bill also shared a love of travel and meeting people from other cultures. After their retirement as art teachers, they travelled extensively and enthusiastically. In 1989, they travelled around the world for seven months. Later, they settled into the pattern of spending a few months of each year in Spain, Italy and India. Rarely would Cynthia be found without her watercolours and paper on which she would first sketch and then paint the beautiful vistas around her. Italy continued to spellbind them, and they eventually found the mediaeval Tuscan town of Barga to which they returned every spring for 17 years. In Barga, they established a large network of friends and enthusiastically hosted numerous guests from around the world in “Casa Rosa.” Cynthia radiated hospitality. Not only was she superbly generous with family and friends, but for many decades, hosted fellow travelers in their home in liaison with the non-profit peace organization SERVAS International.
Most importantly, Cynthia was at the heart of a large and loving family. She always gathered together as many as she could for birthdays, holidays or just to talk about the adventure of life. She loved to cook and serve carefully prepared meals, bake homemade cake, and have lively conversations full of laughter. Going to Cynthia and Bill’s colourful and artful ocean-side home, which they built themselves, was pure joy.

She was the consummate hostess and entertainer. Everyone has funny stories about Cynthia. Once, after pouring everyone a cup of tea, she put the tea cozy on her head and pulled bits of her hair through the holes meant for the handle and spout. We all burst out laughing as her face erupted with glee. She was pure joyful light: shining and shining and shining.
Cynthia’s approach to life was to bring out what was ‘artful’ in all things. She was also drawn to deep thinking, especially the writings of Martin Heidegger and the philosophical discipline known as hermeneutic phenomenology. For much of her life Cynthia was engaged in a search for deeper truth, for how to awaken, for how to live rightly and to serve what is worthy. In this search, she was guided by the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff and by working with others in the community of fellow seekers who gained so much by being with her. She brought a sensitivity and a great love to playing the Gurdjieff-de Hartmann music and made it a sacred work. She often returned to the question “What really matters?”

Cynthia lived an abundant and adventurous life. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family and by her many, many friends.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date once current public health restrictions have been eased. For now, the family will be hosting a socially-distanced visitation at the gazebo near the Dingle Tower, Sir Sanford Fleming Park, Halifax from 2-4 pm on Sunday, November 1, 2020. All are welcome.

Registration Now Open for CSEA’s 2020 AGM and Panel Discussion – Teaching Art Education during COVID-19

Dear CSEA/SCEA members and contacts,
You are invited to attend the 2020 Virtual AGM, to be held via Zoom on Saturday, October 17, 2020, beginning at 10:00 am (Pacific Daylight Time)*.
All members and contacts are invited to attend the meeting but please note that only current members are entitled to vote on any motions made. If you have any questions about the status of your membership, please e-mail Mary-Jane at
This meeting will include very short reports from the current executive, financial information, and the announcement of our new executive for the 2020-21 term. It is scheduled to last ½  hour.
At approximately 10:30 (Pacific Daylight Time)**, everyone is invited to participate in the Panel Discussion, Teaching Art Education during COVID-19. Presidents from each provincial art education association will speak about the current situation in their province, and then the floor will be opened to questions and comments from the audience in attendance. The panel will last a maximum of 1 ½ hours.
You must register in advance for the AGM and/or the Panel Discussion.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the meeting.
The link and registration information is the same,
whether you plan to attend the AGM, the panel, or both.
Please register, even if there is a possibility you might not be able to attend.
Sincerely yours,
Peter A. Vietgen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – Visual Arts
Interim Director, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education
President, Canadian Society for Education through Art
Department of Educational Studies
Brock University | Faculty of Education

* Start time for the AGM:
10:00 am Pacific Daylight /
11:00 am Mountain Daylight or Central Standard (i.e., SK) /
12:00 Central Daylight /
1:00 pm Eastern Daylight /
2:00 pm Atlantic Daylight /
2:30 pm NL Daylight
** Start time for the Panel:
10:30 am Pacific Daylight /
11:30 am Mountain Daylight or Central Standard (i.e., SK) /
12:30 Central Daylight /
1:30 pm Eastern Daylight /
2:30 pm Atlantic Daylight /
3:00 pm NL Daylight

Aux membres et personnes-ressources de la CSEA/SCÉA,
Nous vous invitons à participer à l’AGA virtuelle de 2020 qui se tiendra le samedi 17 octobre, via la plateforme Zoom, dès 10 h (heure avancée du Pacifique)*.
Si tous les membres et personnes ressources sont conviés à cette séance, veuillez noter que seuls les membres en règle peuvent voter sur les motions proposées. Pour toute question concernant votre statut de membre, veuillez communiquer avec Mary-Jane à l’adresse
Cette réunion, d’une durée prévue de trente minutes, comportera de brefs rapports de l’exécutif actuel, des données financières et l’annonce de notre nouvel exécutif pour la période 2020-2021.
Vous serez tous invités, vers 10 h 30 (heure avancée du Pacifique)**, à prendre part au Groupe de discussion : Enseigner l’éducation artistique en temps de pandémie de COVID-19. Les présidentes et présidents de chacune des associations provinciales d’enseignement des arts aborderont la situation actuelle au sein de leur province respective. La parole sera par la suite donnée aux membres de l’auditoire pour poser leurs questions et soumettre leurs commentaires. Cette discussion de groupe durera au maximum une heure et demie.
Vous devez vous inscrire à l’avance à l’AGA et/ou au Groupe de discussion.
Une fois votre inscription complétée, vous recevrez un courriel de confirmation contenant des informations sur la procédure à suivre pour participer à la séance.
Les informations relatives au lien et à l’inscription sont identiques que vous participiez à l’AGA, au groupe de discussion ou aux deux.
Veuillez vous inscrire même s’il se peut que vous ne puissiez y participer.
Recevez mes salutations les meilleures,
Peter A. Vietgen, Ph.D.
Professeur agrégé – Arts visuels
Directeur intérimaire, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education
Président, Société canadienne d’éducation par l’art
Département des sciences de l’éducation
Université Brock | Faculté des sciences de l’éducation

* Début de l’AGA :
10 h – heure avancée du Pacifique/
11 h – heure avancée des Rocheuses ou normale du Centre (c.-à-d. SK) /
12 h – heure avancée du Centre /
13 h – heure avancée de l’Est /
14 h – heure avancée de l’Atlantique /
14 h 30 – heure avancée de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador
** Début du Groupe de discussion :
10 h 30 – heure avancée du Pacifique /
11 h 30 heure avancée des Rocheuses ou normale du Centre (c.-à-d. SK) /
12 h 30 – heure avancée du Centre /
13 h 30 – heure avancée de l’Est /
14 h 30 – heure avancée de l’Atlantique /
15 h – heure avancée de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

Creativity Matters Journal – Volume 1 Out Now!

Exciting new journal freely available on-line at
by the Atlantic Centre for Creativity, Dr Mary Blatherwick, Chair (and long-time member, supporter, and former executive member of the CSEA/SCEA):

CSEA’s first Cocktail Chat

Thanks to all who participated in CSEA/SCEA’s first “Cocktail Chat” on Friday, August 28th, hosted by Dr. Sandrine Han (CSEA/SCEA’s Director of Special Projects).

August 28

Topics discussed included:
– Are you ready for the new school year?
– What have you taught online? How did you do it?
– Are you wondering what other art teachers have taught online?
– Would you like to share your online teaching experience?
Keep watching here and on our Facebook page for information about future CSEA/SCEA Cocktail Chats!

You are invited to the first CSEA/SCÉA Cocktail Chat!

You are invited to the first CSEA/SCÉA Cocktail Chat!

Who: Canadian art teachers!!
When: August 28 (Friday) @ 1pm PST – Please note new time
Where: Zoom!
What: Informal virtual chat, hosted by Sandrine Han.

Are you ready for the new school year?
What have you taught online? How did you do it?
Are you wondering what other art teachers have taught online?
Would you like to share your online teaching experience?
The CSEA Cocktail Chat is a platform for Canadian art teachers to share, discuss, and ask questions about the upcoming uncertain school year. We might not have answers for your questions, but we have each other! Let’s share our experiences, ask questions, and learn from each other!

This is a free event for all Canadian art teachers (K-12 & higher education, as well as gallery, museum, and community art educators). We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sandrine Han (CSEA/SCÉA Director of Special Projects) at for more information.

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Yours in Art Education,

Sandrine Han, Ph.D.
CSEA/SCÉA Director of Special Projects
(National and International)

President’s Message – July 2020

Dear Members and Contacts,

I would like to open my Summer 2020 President’s Message by extending warm greetings to each of you! I hope this message finds you keeping safe and healthy during these continued, uncertain times of COVID-19.  The past four months have been challenging for all of us on so many levels and my wish is that these summer months find you able to dedicate quality time to some much-deserved rest and the possibility of recharging from an unprecedented spring term of online teaching, social distancing and obsessive hand washing!

Please allow me to take this time to share with you some CSEA/SCÉA updates and some exciting initiatives we have planned for you!!  During this challenging time, your CSEA/SCÉA Executive has been working hard behind the scenes trying to help with the immediate causes and ongoing realities we are finding ourselves experiencing in the present times.  In June, the call to action to respond to the ongoing anti-racism towards Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in our communities engaged us to prepare a Statement of Support in solidarity with our BIPOC colleagues, students and neighbours.  This Statement can be found on the main page of our website at In addition to our Statement, we have been gathering and posting teaching resources to help educators embrace the topic of Art Education and Anti-Racism.  These timely resources can be found at the following link The development of this resource bank is ongoing. Therefore, if you have any Art Education and Anti-Racism resources that you have used or have developed that you would like to share and contribute to our list, please send them to us at

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, and with all of us conscious of the fall semester just around the corner, the CSEA/SCÉA has been working on an initiative to gather resources from across the country, to assist in the back-to-school preparation for art educators in the time of COVID-19.  After sending out a letter of request to each of our Provincial Art Education Association Presidents, we have gathered a collection of resources on teaching the visual arts in the time of COVID-19.  These resources can be found on our website at Since education is provincially mandated in Canada, we thought that by calling upon our provincial associations to share their individual resources, all skillfully written by front-line workers (i.e., classroom art teachers), we are hoping a pan-Canadian collection of teaching perspectives would be found useful.  Alongside this Canadian collection of resources, we have also included two documents produced by the NAEA.

A new and exciting initiative we are introducing is our series of CSEA/SCÉA Virtual Cocktail Chats!  Coordinated and presented by our Director of Special Projects, Dr. Sandrine Han, these cocktail chats will be held monthly and are an opportunity to connect and gather with fellow art educators from across Canada in an informal, virtual setting.  These chats will begin with a social meet-and-greet and may also include a special guest speaker or panel of speakers.  Mark your calendars for our first CSEA/SCÉA Cocktail Chat to be held on Fri. Aug. 28, 2020, at 3 pm (Pacific Standard Time).  More details on this first CSEA/SCÉA Cocktail Chat will be coming soon to your Inbox!

Not long ago, an email was sent out to our members and contacts sharing the news that this fall an election will be held for a new CSEA/SCÉA 2020-2021 Executive.  With our national conference being postponed to October 2021 due to COVID-19, we decided to maintain our scheduled elections for this October 2020 in order to allow new members to come on board to help with the leadership of our organization.  Current members will have the opportunity to vote on-line, and results will be announced during our virtual AGM, tentatively scheduled for Sat. Oct. 17, 2020.  One major change is that the term of this elected Executive will be for one year only.  This will allow us to hold elections again next year, when we gather live (hopefully!) in October 2021, for our national conference in the beautiful city of Ottawa.  Nominations for this October’s election are due September 30, 2020. The Call and Nomination Form can be found at Included in the link is information outlining all Executive positions and the responsibilities that each position entails.  Please consider nominating a colleague or if you are interested, have a colleague nominate you for one of the listed positions!  Come out and effect change for the future of your CSEA/SCÉA!!

In closing this President’s Message, it gives me great pleasure to share with you access to the latest issue of our journal, the Canadian Art Teacher (CAT).  This is the first time that this journal has been made available digitally and I would like to thank our CAT editor Dr. April Mandrona and our Director of Communications, Jennifer Wicks, for the time and effort they dedicated to make this digital edition possible!  Due to the current COVID-19 situation, hard copies cannot be printed at this time, but will be made available when printing is once again possible. As a gesture of collegiality and to celebrate our Canadian Art Education community, we are making this digital version free and available to everyone at Please forward this link on to your Art Education colleagues and encourage them to become members of the CSEA/SCÉA.  Remember, it is up-to-date memberships that keep our organization alive and thriving!

As the balmy days of summer slowly pass us by, please enjoy valuable time with family and friends.  Stay safe and take care of each other.  We are living in uncharted times and we need to be there for one another.  We will get through this.

All the best,
Peter Vietgen, PhD
President, CSEA/SCÉA

Aux membres et personnes-ressources,

Permettez-moi de débuter mon message estival du président de 2020 en vous offrant, à tous et à toutes, mes salutations les meilleures ! J’espère que vous êtes sains et sauf en cette période incertaine de COVID-19. Si les quatre derniers mois ont été ardus pour nous tous, à bien des niveaux, je vous souhaite de vivre des moments de qualité, de repos bien mérité et la possibilité, au cours des mois d’été, de faire le plein d’énergie après un trimestre printanier sans précédent, consacré à l’enseignement en ligne, la distanciation sociale et le lavage de mains obsessif !

Vous me permettrez par la même occasion de partager avec vous certaines nouvelles concernant la CSEA/SCÉA et de vous faire part de certaines initiatives excitantes concoctées juste pour vous ! En ces temps difficiles, votre exécutif de la CSEA/SCÉA a travaillé fort en coulisses pour gérer les sources de problèmes immédiates et les nouvelles réalités auxquelles nous sommes confrontés aujourd’hui. Nous avons lancé un juin un appel à l’action contre le racisme envers la population noire, les Autochtones et les personnes racisées au sein de nos communautés qui s’est traduit par une Déclaration au soutien solidaire de nos collègues, étudiants et voisins des communautés BIPOC. Cette déclaration peut être consultée sur la page principale de notre site Web à l’adresse Outre cette déclaration, nous avons constitué et publié une liste de ressources pédagogiques pour aider les éducateurs à s’ouvrir à la thématique de l’éducation artistique et de la lutte contre le racisme. Vous pouvez consulter ces ressources pertinentes via le lien Cette banque de ressources est continuellement mise à jour. Par conséquent, n’hésitez pas à nous envoyer à l’adresse électronique toute ressource que vous avez utilisée ou élaborée et que vous souhaiteriez voir ajoutée à cette liste.

Compte tenu de la pandémie actuelle de COVID-19 et de l’arrivée imminente du trimestre d’automne, la CSEA/SCÉA a travaillé à une initiative visant à regrouper des ressources de tous les coins du pays pour soutenir la préparation au retour en classe des éducateurs d’art en période de COVID-19. Suite à l’envoi d’une lettre de demande à chaque présidente et président de nos Associations provinciales d’éducation artistique,  nous avons réuni une collection de ressources sur l’enseignement des arts visuels en période de pandémie de COVID-19. Ces ressources peuvent être consultées sur notre site Web à l’adresse L’éducation étant de juridiction provinciale au Canada, nous pensions, en demandant à nos associations provinciales de partager leur ressource ressources individuelles, toutes rédigées de façon exemplaire par des intervenants de première ligne, qu’une collection pancanadienne de perspectives d’enseignement serait un outil utile. Nous avons ajouté à cette collection canadienne de ressources deux documents produits par la NAEA.

La série Cocktails virtuels de clavardage de la CSEA/SCÉA est une autre de nos nouvelles initiatives excitantes. Coordonnés et présentés par notre directrice des projets spéciaux, la Dre Sandrine Han, ces cocktails de clavardage auront lieu une fois par mois. Ce sera l’occasion pour les éducateurs artistiques de tous les coins du pays de se réunir et d’échanger entre homologues, dans un contexte virtuel informel. Ces séances de clavardage débuteront par une séance d’accueil et pourront à l’occasion inclure un conférencier invité ou un groupe de conférenciers. Inscrivez donc à votre calendrier la date de du tout premier cocktail de clavardage de la CSEA/SCÉA, à savoir le vendredi 28 août, 2020, à 15 h (heure normale du Pacifique). Vous trouverez sous peu dans votre boite de réception des détails additionnels à ce sujet.

Il n’y a pas très longtemps, nous avons envoyé à nos membres et personnes-ressources un courriel indiquant la tenue cet automne de l’élection du nouveau conseil exécutif de la CSEA/SCÉA pour 2020-2021. Notre conférence nationale ayant été reportée à octobre 2021 en raison de la COVID-19, nous avons décidé de maintenir ces élections d’octobre 2020 afin que de nouveaux membres puissent se joindre à nous pour épauler le leadership de notre organisation. Les membres actuels pourront voter en ligne et les résultats seront annoncés lors de notre AGA virtuelle, prévue pour l’instant le 17 octobre 2020. Changement important à noter, le mandat de ce nouvel exécutif ne sera que d’un an. Nous pourrons ainsi tenir de nouvelles élections l’an prochain, lorsque nous nous réunirons en personne en octobre 2021 (enfin espérons-le !) dans le cadre de notre conférence nationale, dans la magnifique ville d’Ottawa. Les candidatures pour les élections d’octobre 2020 doivent être soumises au plus tard le 30 septembre 2020. Le formulaire d’appel de candidatures est disponible à l’adresse  Ce lien comporte également des renseignements sur l’ensemble des postes au sein de l’exécutif et leurs responsabilités respectives. Songez à soumettre la candidature d’un collègue, ou si cela vous intéresse, demandez à un collègue de soumettre votre candidature à l’un des postes cités !  Venez contribuer à l’évolution et à l’avenir de votre CSEA/SCÉA.

Pour clore ce message du président, c’est avec grand plaisir que je vous offre l’accès au dernier numéro de notre journal Enseigner les arts au Canada. C’est la toute première fois que nous publions une version électronique de ce journal et je tiens à remercier sa rédactrice en chef, la Dre April Mandrona ainsi que notre directrice des communications, Jennifer Wicks, pour le temps et l’effort consacrés à la version électronique de ce numéro. Compte tenu du contexte actuel de COV ID-19, nous ne pouvons imprimer de version papier. Nous le ferons dès que les services d’impression seront rétablis. Par esprit de collégialité et pour célébrer notre communauté canadienne d’éducation artistique nous mettons cette version électronique à la disposition de tous et ce, sans frais, à l’adresse Veuillez transmettre ce lien à vos homologues de l’éducation artistique et encouragez-les à devenir membres de la CSEA/SCÉA. N’oubliez pas que ce sont les nouveaux membres et les adhésions renouvelées qui assurent le dynamisme et la prospérité de notre organisation !

Tandis que s’écoulent lentement les doux jours d’été, veillez à passer du temps précieux auprès de vos proches et amis. Faites attention et prenez soin les uns des autres. Nous évoluons en terrain inconnu et nous devons nous entraider. Nous passerons au travers !

Recevez mes salutations les meilleures,
Peter Vietgen, PhD
Président, CSEA/SCÉA