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The Illinois Alliance for Arts Education is a non-profit organization of arts educators in dance, drama, music and visual art. Our mission is to ensure high quality arts education for all Illinois students, grades K-12.

As the only state alliance member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) in Illinois, the IAAE receives support from KCAAEN promotions, award recognition programs and professional development opportunities. In 2006 an Illinois school received the national Creative Ticket Award, in 2007and 2009 Illinois schools received the National School Boards Association award, and in 2010 an Illinois school received the National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. The arts are alive in Illinois!

Your membership in the IAAE helps support arts education initiatives in your own school, local community and the state of Illinois.

IAAE Service Awards - Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual IAAE Service Awards. Individuals and groups may be nominated in the following categories: Artist, Arts Educator, IAAE Organization, Industry, Public/Community Service, School Administration, School of Distinction. Please see the Qualifications Checklist and Nomination Form below, for details. Nominations are due on or before December 15, 2013.

2014 Illinois Arts Education Week Poster Contest

K-8 students are eligible to submit poster contest entries - the deadline is December 4, 2013. The poster contest winner‘s artwork will be featured on a poster that is sent to all public and private schools in Illinois. The winner will also be recognized at the annual IAAE Awards Ceremony and by the Illinois State Board of Education. Informational flyer and entry form: CLICK HERE to download PDF. Please visit the Events page for additional information and updates.

IAAE Board Member Named 2013 Illinois Art Educator of the Year by IAEA

photo of award winner and her familyThe Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) has named Kathryn Hillyer of Kipling Elementary School in Deerfield, IL the 2013 Illinois Art Educator of the Year. This award recognized the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of one outstanding IAEA member annually. The award was presented at the IAEA conference on October 25, 2013. Mrs. Hillyer is a resident of Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Kathryn was selected on the basis of her outstanding committment to visual art education in her field, as well as her wider contributions in Illinois and nationally for her advocacy and support of the arts. Kathryn is pictured here with her daughter Alli, her son Brad, and her husband Steve.

Remembering Angela Paterakis

Angela PaterakisIAAE has lost a dear colleague and passionate supporter of the arts and arts education. Angela Paterakis passed away in May following complications from a fall. She left a rich legacy of support for arts education on the local and state level. She will be missed, but her good work lives on in all the teachers and students she mentored in her long career. Our thanks to Margaret and Neil Koreman for their touching tribute. CLICK HERE to download PDF.

The Illinois Alliance for Arts Education is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.