It is never too early to consider nominating someone for a state or national award. Self-nomination is also
acceptable. Consider the characteristics of outstanding art educators. Think about their ability to touch the lives of
young children and encourage them to flourish and grow. Consider those who inspire lifelong learning through their
actions and example. Consider those who reach out to others to build strong mutually beneficial partnerships with
others to support student learning through visual arts. Consider those who are risk takers and creative thinkers that
think not only of ways to solve challenges but how to meet their needs straight on and with a proactive attitude.
Think of those who provide thoughtful leadership and inspire all those around them to say yes! Think of those who
work quietly behind the scenes but have a gift to make things seem seamless and easy even though the challenge
may seem impossible. Is this you? Is this someone you know?

We must reach out to educators within other divisions including middle level, high school, museum educators, as
well as others and weave a fabric with multiple levels of experience, color, and texture. We are often the first voice
but a very strong and lasting one when shaping experiences that can last a lifetime. I encourage you to share your
experiences and look to these other areas and build relationships with other divisions serving learners at different
levels . We all share the same goal of expanding and advancing quality art education for all students.
Idaho Art Education Association

Nominate a deserving art teacher for the
Governor’s Award for Support of Art Education


Ruth Piispanen
Arts Education Director
Idaho Commission on the Arts