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Media Arts Standards released at NAEA as part of state led process

 First glimpse of national core Media Arts standards at historic NAEA convention sessions.  
 SEADAE Partners introduce Media Arts standards 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.”

SEADAE is a member of the state led NCCAS 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.   SEADAE members review the work in state focus groups and SEADAE members Lynn Tuttle, Marcia McCaffrey and Deb Hansen facilitate the meetings to guide the work.  

To find out more about the process that created the standards and the research supporting the work visit