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Art Education Professor Alice Arnold was named to a two-year term as president of a national art education association. (Photo by Nancy McGillicuddy)

National Art Educators Organization Taps Arnold

By Nancy McGillicuddy

Alice Arnold, ECU associate professor of art education, has been named president of the U. S. Society for Education through Art.

During her two-year post, Arnold will oversee operations of the national group. The organization represents educators working in curriculum development, teaching and research related to art education and cultural differences. After her time as president, Arnold, who has been with ECU since 1992, will serve as executive secretary of the organization for two years.

Founded in 1977, the organization provides a network with other art educators and encourages cross-cultural research and professional relationships.

Arnold, a member since 1979, has participated in numerous professional projects associated with the organization. She has served on the group‰s governing board since 1995, including stints as awards chair, secretary and president-elect. She has also written several articles for the society.

The United States Society for Education through Art promotes understanding and awareness through art education with programs such as art scholar exchanges and international children‰s artwork exchanges, Arnold said. It is associated with the international group, International Society for Education through Art. Another organization that Arnold holds membership with , the National Art Educators Association , has a similar goal. Arnold hopes to facilitate better understanding between all three groups.

,My goals as president will be to increase membership and increase communications between InSEA and NAEA,Š she said.

The U.S. Society for Education through Art currently has about 200 members, mainly in the higher education field. Arnold hopes to double that number.

As president, Arnold will have many duties, including helping to design topics for The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, the organization‰s professional journal.

She will also help with election of new officers, budget issues and the national conference, slated for March 2006 in Chicago.

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