The 2008 Invitational Art Education Fair
Please scroll down see our 2008 winners and participating schools, to download a summary of the 2008 Art Education Fair and to view a video from the 2007 IAEF.
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2008: See What You Think!
Our theme for this year’s Art Education Fair is “See What You Think!” You’ll be challenged to think about art in new ways and to see how the creative mind thinks and works. Our goal is to clearly explain how the arts develop new intellectual content—the driving force behind today’s economy—and to explore the unique ways that the arts drive academic achievement.
Research shows that quality arts education leads to higher test scores and provides the means for creating new economic, intellectual and social value. As you explore the Art Fair, we invite you to discover: how imagination leads to new ideas; how novel conceptual understanding arises from rationally structured, speculative thought; how the forging of a unique personal vision transforms conceptual understanding into creative insight; and how creativity allows us to alter, combine, and apply concepts in completely new ways.
The arts provide the novel imagery that crystallizes the most intangible and essential aspects of our mental lives into discrete ideas. Contemporary art plays a vital role in this process as more artists weave the language of economics, science, technology, sociology, and math into their practice. We hope that the contemporary student art on display challenges you, and that it shows that the 21st century skills needed to formulate new problems are developed by requiring students to see the world in new ways. Authentically engaging students in the artistic process creates a need for knowledge and skills from across the curriculum, fueling a desire to learn and grow. Test scores rise in schools with quality arts education because students learn to find and orchestrate knowledge in personally relevant, conceptually rigorous ways.
The arts specialize in finding and solving those kinds of problems that are like those encountered in life, and the kinds of problems that employers need solved in our 21st century economy. So join us—and see what you think!
-Excerpts from The Intellectual Necessity of Art ©2008 Raymond E. Veon
2008 IAEF Winners
The Howard and Edith Veon Memorial Director’s Choice Award:
Art School of the Year, Elementary School: Peyton Forest Elementary School
Ms. Tokie Rome, Art Teacher
Art School of the Year, Middle School: Walden Middle School
Ms. Mandy Lebowitz, Art Teacher
Art School of the Year, High School: Carver School of the Arts
Ms. Felicia Waldon, Art Teacher
Participating APS Schools
South Atlanta HS/Engineering