Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Media arts standards introduced at the National Association for Art Education Conference

Media arts standards introduced at the National Association for Art Education Conference

The national voluntary media arts standards were shared at a “first glimpse” presentation at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) convention in San Diego, March 29-31. National Coalition for Core Arts Standards media arts writing chair Dain Olsen joined NAEA president and visual arts writing chair Dennis Inhulsen, and artists Laurence Gartel and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith in a keynote session that showcased both the new media arts and visual arts standards.

Olsen, a teacher at the LA Unified ArtLAB High School, called the occasion an historic unveiling and said, “This is the first time that media arts has had a public and institutionally endorsed presentation at a national level. We thank the National Art Education Association for their forward thinking and generosity in our inclusion.”

“The blending of arts experiences has never been more exciting and relevant for students in our digital/visual age,” said Inhulsen. “The National Art Education Association was very pleased to be able to share this “first glimpse” of the media arts standards. Using new technologies as an expressive artistic medium is a natural fit for our members and their students.”

Digital media artist Gartel, an artist advisor to the Media Arts writing team commented in a 2013 interview with NCCAS leadership: “To have a round table discussion with all these people who embrace digital media as an aesthetic, as something that the world needs to learn is very heart warming and pleasing to me—I’m not alone. Media Arts is an aesthetic. it is something that changes the human being—changes people. These standards being incorporated into curriculum, is a vital necessity to me.”

NCCAS is the coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that are scheduled for release in June. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. To find out more about the process that created the standards and the research supporting the work visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com/.