Policy and Procedures

Introduction 

The Arizona Art Education Association (AAEA) Policy and Procedure Manual is meant to serve as a guide to the AAEA  elected and appointed leadership in conducting the business of the association.  Policies and procedures provide an  organization with a basis of operation that is fair and equitable to all members.  If an action is called into question, the  leadership may call upon policy and procedure to assist them in making a fair and logical decision. 

Historically, The AAEA has always taken a leadership role in state and national art education issues. Our members have held  a variety of positions on the NAEA board, served on NAEA committees and served as reviewers of NAEA publications.  As an  affiliate of the NAEA, the AAEA Constitution, Bylaws and Policy and Procedures reflect the wishes of the AAEA membership  as well as model those of NAEA. 

Within the scope of the mission and goals of AAEA, the organization’s leadership generally cites both internal and external  goals.  These have varied from year to year depending on the political climate, current education issues and the desires of  the membership.  Typically, maintenance goals are those goals that refer to ongoing projects. Examples of these are: 

  • An annual state conference,  
  • A communication document such as a newsletter, magazine, or journal, 
  • Exhibits, Visual Arts Student Awards (VASA) 
  • Youth Art Month (YAM)

External goals are those goals that focus directly on current needs of art educators of Arizona.  These may be influenced by  the current AAEA leadership and reflect a sign of the times.  Some of these have included: 

  • Taking an active role in shaping Arizona State Department of Education issues which may include but are not  limited to:     
    • Curricular issues regarding what art education will be taught in the common (K‐8) schools in Arizona, 
    • Choosing educators who will teach children, 
    • What types of certifications and endorsements those teachers must have. 
  • Influencing the makeup of the art teacher proficiency exam.  
  • Influencing the direction of assessment of student progress.  
  • Taking an active role in advocating for art education, arts and education issues with key decision makers and  educating the membership. 
  • Providing membership with appropriate professional development to assist them in meeting any new  mandates or changes in curricular edicts. 

The list identified above is meant to illustrate examples and is not a total list of possible choices. Usually, the AAEA executive officers will meet after the election to form a skeleton of possible goals for the administration  term of office. At the changeover meeting, generally held in March or April, the existing officers and council share their  roles and responsibilities with the new state council.  At this time the new president would share potential goals with the  council and begin to focus on those areas of greatest importance and interest. After the changeover meeting, most likely in  the summer, a leadership retreat including the state council is conducted to determine specific goals and action plans to  achieve them. 

Because members have always wanted to be frugal with the AAEA budget, care should be taken to select sites for these meetings and retreats that are convenient to the majority of the members attending and have minimal cost to the  organization. 

Following the policies and procedures identified in this manual will serve to create unity, efficiency and continually improve  the effectiveness of AAEA.  The future of AAEA is in your hands, heart and soul.  Make your decisions wisely based upon the  policies and procedures outlined within this manual.  Let your decisions be based upon meeting the art education needs for  the citizenry of Arizona: the children, the community and the teachers who provide the instruction. 

Mission Statement

To further highly qualified Art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, advocacy and leadership  and to increase creative connections to human experiences. 

It is our purpose to promote and maintain the highest possible quality of instruction in visual arts programs under whatever  auspices that they are fostered.

It shall be our intent to communicate our belief to the organized teaching profession and to the community‐at‐large, to  strengthen the position of the visual arts as a discipline in the schools, and to affect positively the role of art education in  the culture. 

We dedicate ourselves to aesthetic and humanistic growth and quality performance in art. 

With these as our goals, we support visual arts and humanities programs that provide depth and breadth of experience in  art in order to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of the varied individuals we teach. 

Preamble to the Constitution 

The Arizona Art Education Association through its Constitution sets forth the means by which the aspirations of those  responsible for programs of art education can be supported and extended. 

As an organization, we affirm our belief in the power of the visual arts to enrich the lives and endeavors of our community.  

In a highly technological society such as ours, the visual arts serve as a humanizing force, giving dignity and a sense of worth  to the individual. 

It is our purpose to promote and maintain the highest possible quality of instruction in visual arts programs through diverse  methods of professional development.  It shall be our intent to communicate our belief to the organized teaching  profession and to the community‐at‐large, to strengthen the position of the visual arts as a discipline in the schools, and to  positively affect the role of art education in the culture. 

Service Positions