Sunday, July 6, 2014

07.05.2014 NEA FAC Announcement

Please see an important note to members of the caucus

LUNCH CAUCUS CANCELLED   Because our lunch break is only 30 minutes long today, we WILL NOT be having a caucus meeting during the lunch break today. 

NEA FAC EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING @ 300 PM.  The old and newly elected NEA FAC Board will meet at booth 62 & 63 to take care of business to wrap up our work at the 2014 RA.  Individuals take and leave office at the drop of the gavel today.

2014-2015 EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECATIONS  Congratulations to Jessica Fitzwater (2014-2016 chair); Tom McLaughlin (2014-2015 vice-chair); Oscar Forsman (2014-2016 treasurer) on their election to office.  Equal congratulations to 2014-2015 discipline representatives to the executive board: Lance (drama NJ); Nettie Doyle (drama MO);Ginger Fox (dance CA);  Michael Gary (dance NJ); Pam Gibberman (music); Carlos Meikel (art CO); Susan PInkney Todd (art CO);

NEA FINE ARTS CAUCUS NAME CHANGE   Delegates made history in renaming the NEA FINE ARTS CAUCUS the NEA ARTS EDUCATION CAUCUS in a Constitutional vote (48 favor-0 oppose).  The name will take effect as soon as the 2014 RA “gavels out”.

NEA FINE ARTS CAUCUS MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY ADDED  Delegate have voted to add a non-voting category of membership called the NEA FINE ARTSC CAUCUS HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP (46 favor, 2 oppose).  There are currently 4 honorary lifetime members: Lily Eskelsen Garcia; Deb Turici; Charles Fry; Bob Lague.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

NEA FAC July 5, 2014 Agenda

We have battled technology problems again today.  We apologize for these being posted so late.  You will find the agenda here More to follow...we hope.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Many Hands Make Light Work

We need some help at the NEA Fine Arts Caucus Booth during the next few days.  No experience is needed and we need our NEA ARTS COLLEAGUES to be organized within our caucus to do the important work and lobbying within the NEA to advance our agenda that demands that EVERYONE DESERVES AN ARTS EDUCATION.  Our booth allows us to raise money for the NEA FAC and allows us to organize our members.  Please drop by the NEA FAC BOOTH (62 & 63) and sign up to work at least one of the shifts.  Thanks, in advance, to all of you who lend a hand.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014 NEA FAC RA TODAY

Directions to the meeting room, our agenda, minutes, news and important documents located at


Sorry for the confusion and inconvenience…we are doing the best job we can, considering the fact that we were not assigned a room until tomorrow.  Many other caucuses are dealing with this as well.  We have filed a complaint with the RA Oversight Committeee.

To find us, follow these easy directions: from the NEA CAFÉ, exit through the doorway labels Exhibition Hall B, go down the escalator, take one left and the first right.  Then, look for our banner or listen for the laughter to find us.


We need your help with our NBI—no experience is needed and we will provide you with a script and easy-to-follow directions.  If you are willing to help, please show up for a short meeting in front of the Iowa delegation 10 minutes after Dennis VanRoekel’s Keynote Address.  Iowa will coordinated the efforts.  SEE RESOLUTION in the link to the left. SEE MIC YIELDING FORM in the link to the left.

Monday, June 30, 2014

NEA FAC RA Meeting Schedule

The NEA Fine Arts Caucus is gearing up for a very busy year of using our members to advocate that NEA's financial resources, human resources and power is used to advance our agenda of a quality Arts Education for all of our students.

Tom McLaughlin (IA, Caucus Chair) and Ginger Fox (CA) are just back from Washington, DC where they initiated a series of meetings to advance the work of the caucus.  Both left the meetings with the feeling that the NEA FAC has entered a new age of being active in important policy discussions, curriculum discussions and partnerships to advance the goals of the caucus.  As a result of the meetings with Americans for the Arts, the Arts Action Fund, NEA Senior Policy Staff and coordinators of the NCCAS (National Coalition for Core Arts Standards) writing and implementation process.

Thanks to your membership and support of the caucus we have meaningful business with some real "teeth" to advance our pro-Arts agenda for our students, colleagues, programs and schools.  Please see the blog link to explore the issues on the table so far at this year's RA for our caucus.

OPT IN TO RECEIVE JUDICIOUS TEXTS AT THE RA: send the text "@NEAFAC" to 319.540.8979 and you will receive texts from REMIND101 (a great resource for you classrooms, offices, etc.)




  • NEA FAC Executive Board - Tue July 1, 3:30-5:00 PM - Colorado Convention Center, look for our banner at NEA CAFE--where we will start our meeting.  We may be moving the meeting to a more quiet location, so please be on time.  We will post a new location if the NEA CAFE is too loud.  Although this is an Executive Board meeting, all members are welcome to attend.
  • NEA FAC Full Member Meeting - Wed July 2, Noon-1:00 -Colorado Convention Center, look for our banner at NEA CAFE--where we will start our meeting.We may be moving the meeting to a more quiet location, so please be on time.  We will post a new location if the NEA CAFE is too loud.  
RA MEETING SCHEDULE (Morning 9:30-10:00 AM if needed and at announced lunch breaks)
  • RA Day 1 - Thu July 3, Lunch Break--
    • Non-Profit Booth Set-up 9:30AM
    • Lunch break meeting Colorado Convention Center, look for our banner at NEA CAFE--where we will start our meeting.  Chances are that we will have determined a new and less noisy location for the meetings and updates will be made here, on FB, TWITTER and sent to those who opt in to REMIND101TEXT& EMAIL UPDATES (see directions above)
  • RA Day 2 - Fri July 4 - Lunch Break - Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom Room 2C
  • RA Day 3 - Sat July 5 - Lunch Break - Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom Room 2C
  • RA Day 3 - Sun July 5 - Lunch Break - Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom Room 2C

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dr. Jane Chu Confirmed as Chair of "the other" NEA

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Jane Chu as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Chu is currently the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. She fills a chair position left vacant at the NEA since Rocco Landesman stepped down in 2012.

“Today’s confirmation of Dr. Jane Chu is great news for not only the National Endowment for the Arts, but also for the arts in our country,” said Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Dr. Chu brings an insightful combination of expertise to the position—experience in arts education, business administration, and philanthropy. She also understands the value of art at the community level and how the arts are transformative to individuals as well as places.”

Before joining the Kauffman Center in 2006, Chu served as fund executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City, vice president of external relations for the Union Station Kansas City, and vice president of community investment for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. She holds degrees in visual arts, piano performance and piano pedagogy, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in philanthropic studies. Nonprofit Connect in Kansas City recently named her their Nonprofit Professional of the Year.

NEA Caucus Leaders to Advocate for Arts Educators in Pre-RA Meetings

NEA FINE ARTS CAUCUS LEADERS HEAD TO DC TO WORK FOR NEA ARTS EDUCATORS --NEA Fine Arts Caucus Executive Board member, Ginger Fox (CA), and NEA Fine Arts Caucus National Chair, Tom McLaughlin (IA), travel to Washington DC next week to work with NEA Policy folks, Mike Kaspar and Becky Wissink, to discuss the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards soft launch, concerns about trends we are seeing in the implementation and lack of implementation of STEAM programs around the nation, concerns about using arts integration and maintaining the integrity of discrete curriculum for the arts, how we might strengthen our relationship with the Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund and our next steps before launching business at this year's NEA annual meeting and Representative Assembly. Ginger and Tom have packed their two days in DC full of meeting to advocate for our members across the country.

If you want more information:




National Coalition for Core Arts Standard Launch

The National Core Arts Standards were launched on Wednesday, June 4th with a national conference call between the hours of 1:00 PM Eastern daylight time and 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight time, moderated by Marcia McCaffrey, New Hampshire Department of Education and President of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), and Lynn Tuttle, Arizona Department of Education and Immediate Past President of SEADAE.

To access the archival copy of the Launch event:

If you did not attend the event as audience, you will need to fill in the brief registration form. If you attended as an audience member, use the password you received when you logged in to the meeting.
This link will remain active for one year until June 4th 2015

Speakers included:

James Catterall, Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Faculty at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Laurence Gartel, Digital Media Artist, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Artist Advisory Committee

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

STEAM vs. STEM Infographic

Thanks to NEA FAC friend Frederic Lee for sharing this great STEM vs. STEAM INFOGRAPHIC