The Indian Art and Design Educators Association (IADEA) aims to provide support, direction and advocacy for quality Visual Arts education. An initiative that is the first of its kind in India, IADEA empowers art educators to become leaders, encourage innovation, research and reform. In the spirit of a true professional association, the Executive Committee is made up of eight art educators from five cities across the country.
We launched IADEA at the first Indian Art Educators Conference, a pioneer of its kind, with the theme of ‘Create Change’ in Mumbai, on the 15th and 16th of February 2018. The event saw participation from over 100 art educators who collectively impacted over 1,00,000 children from schools across the country, as well as the presence of 13 speakers from India and abroad who addressed the group over the course of 2 days. The second edition of the conference was held in New Delhi on October 3rd and 4th 2019 and was attended by 150 art educators from 28 cities across India and 12 non-profits working in the art and education domains, apart from internationally renowned speakers.
Awards for Excellence in Art Education
At our annual conferences, we also invited art educators to submit their lesson plans and an eminent panel of jurors selected a winner and runner up in each of the 7 categories including Innovation in the Art Room, Best Use of Elements of Art, Collaboration in the Art Room, etc., apart from a ‘Teacher of the Year’ award that was introduced in 2019. Over the two years, we received 55 and 70 submissions respectively for the awards and over 25 winners were selected in total including a special award for designing Art Lessons for Children with Special Needs.
Professional Development Workshops for Art Educators
After the launch in February 2018, IADEA has continued to engage with our members online through our website, blog, Instagram and monthly newsletters. We’ve also held 5 art education workshops in association with our knowledge partners at the Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai; Nirmal Bhartia School, New Delhi; the Biennale Foundation, Kochi and Dakshinachitra Museum, Chennai. These workshops have each been well appreciated and attended by between 25 and 40 local art educators.
Newsletter and Social Media
In order to stay in constant touch with our member community, we send out a monthly member newsletter and use social media in its various forms – regular posts including resources and knowledge sharing on art education via instagram (artroom_hero), facebook (facebook.com/ArtEducatorsIndia) and our blog – artroomHero.com.
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