About the Alaska Arts Education Consortium

About the Alaska Arts Education Consortium

The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) is an affiliation of school districts, organizations and individuals committed to preparing and supporting educators so that they can teach the arts across the curriculum.

AAEC Mission

AAEC advances teaching and learning in and through the arts across Alaska.

AAEC Purpose

Arts Education for All

AAEC Values

  •  Arts are Essential
  • Collaboration and Partnership
  • Cultural Connectedness
  • Passion for Impact

Committees achieve our goals

Professional Development Committee

AAEC prepares and supports educators to teach the arts across the curriculum

Public Awareness Committee

AAEC promotes the awareness of the importance of teaching and learning in and through the arts

Sustainability Committee

AAEC expands opportunities to fulfill its mission through meaningful and ongoing relationships with partners, grantors, donors and alumni

The arts are vitally important as we strive to educate Alaskan students to be effective communicators and responsible, contributing citizens. In the broadest sense the arts…

  • Engage a variety of learning styles
  • Build self worth and pride of accomplishment
  • Provide opportunities to learn new skills and strategies
  • Develop critical thinking and the ability to creatively approach and solve problems
  • Foster self-discipline, teamwork and leadership capacities
  • Allow us to participate across circumstance in the ongoing conversation of humankind.

AAEC Board of Trustees

  • Jess100_3118ica Christianson, Chair (Southeast, Sitka) FY17
  • Debbie Harris, Treasurer (Member-at-Large, Kenai) FY16
  • Jill Exe, Vice-chair (Arctic, Kaktovik) FY17
  • Kim Sweeny, Secretary (Member-at-Large, Homer) FY14
  • Madeline McGrath (Western, Bethel),
  • Jenifer Cameron (Interior, Fairbanks) FY18
  • Robin Child (Arctic, Unalakleet) FY17
  • Hannah Johnston (Southcentral, Eagle River) FY17
  • Nita Rearden (Member-at-Large, Homer) FY 16
  • Tamara Van Wyhe (Interior, Glennallen) FY17
  • Rebecca Watts (Southeast, Juneau) FY18
  • Anna Widman, (Southcentral, Kenai) FY16

Advisors

  • Annie Calkins (Juneau) Evaluator/Historian
  • Cristine Crooks (Juneau) Past Executive Director
  • Frank Hauser (Anchorage) Musical Arts Specialist
  • Laura Forbes (Anchorage) Alaska State Council on the Arts

 Executive Director

Barbara Short (Fairbanks)

barbshort@gmail.com

History

The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) is a non-profit partnership of Alaskan school districts, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Association of Alaska School Boards, Carnegie Hall, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and the University of Alaska.5minarts

The organizational structure of the AAEC was determined in 2001, after serious consideration of which educational organizations and agencies had made a consistent, important imprint on the educational landscape of Alaska. Sustainability and having a statewide mechanism for delivery of services were two key components in these deliberations. AAEC received 501 (c) 3 status in 2003.

AAEC founding board members recognized from the start that they were “standing on the shoulders of giants” – of those who had contributed to arts education in Alaska over the last twenty-five years. They acknowledged the presence of the former Alaska Alliance for Arts Education as an active driving force for arts education advocacy for over two decades.

This statewide collaboration recognizes at its core that “the arts are vitally important as we strive to educate Alaskan students to be effective communicators and responsible, contributing citizens”. In the broadest sense the arts allow us to participate across circumstance, culture and time in the ongoing conversation of humankind, recognize the cultural diversity of Alaska, foster discipline, teamwork and leadership capacities, develop critical thinking and the ability to solve problems, provide opportunities to learn new skills and strategies, and build self worth and pride of accomplishment.

41710_72601_2The AAEC holds as its committed mission a spririted advocacy for expanded and enriched arts education for all Alaskan students. A core belief of the AAEC is that higher academic achievement will occur in and through the arts. The AAEC is committed to preparing and supporting educators so that they can teach the arts in and across the curriculum.

Contact Information

AAEC Mailing address: 350 Whittier Street, Juneau, AK  99801

Phone:   (907) 957-2061

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