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Arts Education Advisory Council

The Arts Education Advisory Council advises the Commissioner and Board of Education on matters pertinent to the development of arts education in the Commonwealth. This includes examining statewide trends and needs, seeking public and professional input, identifying model programs, and making recommendations on policies and programs for the dance, music, theatre, and visual arts components of the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework. It is expected that media arts will be a fifth arts domain added to the upcoming revisions of the National Arts Standards. The AEAC is examining ways of making recommendations of including this new area into the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework.

The next meeting will be on: Thursday May 24, 2018, at Quinsigamond Elementary School, Worcester

Council Statement

The Arts Education Advisory Council (AEAC) will work to address the issues innate in revising the Arts Curriculum Framework as well as research, review, and document valid recommendations in response to the Commissioner's working goals and priorities for fiscal year. The charge for this year is to work on revisions to the Arts Curriculum Framework, and include a focus on college and career readiness.

Some issues that will be considered are:

  • Relevant supports that impact and/or facilitate learning in the arts.
  • Review documents of National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) releases guiding framework development.
  • Identify the characteristics of a High School Graduate who is career and college ready in the Arts.
  • Ways to develop/implement effective and meaningful curriculum integration in arts education.
  • Modifications to the current Arts Curriculum Framework

2017 – 2018 Council Members

Council members reflect a wide range of perspectives and activities in arts education. They include arts teachers and directors, practicing artists, professors of arts education, and staff members from arts organizations. All of the arts disciplines are represented.

Dawn BenskiVisual Art Content SpecialistBoston Public Schools
Elizabeth ByronVisual Art and Special EducationBillerica Public Schools
Charles Combs Ph. DTheatre and Drama EducatorHigher Education Consultant
Diane DailyEducation Programs ManagerMA Cultural Council
Christopher P. DearbeckFine Arts CoordinatorBillerica Public Schools
Beth DelforgeArts Curriculum DirectorAndover Public Schools
Jodi P. FalkDance Teacher and ConsultantNationally /Internationally
Jennifer FidlerVisual Arts Liaison Wilmington Public Schools
Alice Matthews GentiliVisual Art EducatorMendon Upton Regional School District
Hannah HammondTheatre TeacherUP Academy Holland Elementary School
Priscilla Kane Hellweg Executive Artistic Dir.Enchanted Circle Theatre Holyoke
Julie JaronDirector of Visual and Performing Arts Springfield Public Schools
Richard P. KingMusic, Theatre, Visual Art CoordinatorNewton Public Schools
Simone KivettVisual Art TeacherLynn Public Schools
Timmary Leary Visual Arts LiaisonWorcester Public Schools
Arlene Black Mollo Ed. D Professor of Art EducationUMass Dartmouth
Sandra Nicolucci Ed. D.Music Education ConsultingFor any or All School Districts
Joan A. Ortu Visual Art TeacherMalden Public Schools
William Thomas Pappazisis Director of Performing ArtsArlington Public Schools
Myran Parker-BrassExecutive Director for the ArtsBoston Public Schools
Kim PikePrincipal Provincetown SchoolsProvincetown District, Provincetown
Luci Prawdzik Ed. D.Supervisor of Art K-12Somerville Public Schools
Sabrina Quintana DMADirector of Music Education Lynn Public Schools
Jonathan RappaportArt Administrator and ProfessorAnna Maria College, Paxton
Lynn SouzaDirector of Fine Arts K-12New Bedford Public Schools
Matthew WilsonAdvocacy for Arts and CultureExecutive Director for MASSCREATIVE

Contact Information

Advisory Council Co-Chairs:

Mr. Jonathan Rappaport
Faculty, Anna Maria College, Paxton
Executive Director
PO Box 483
Medfield, MA 02052
Phone: 508-335-1670
Dr. Charles Combs
Theatre & Drama Educator
Higher Education Consultant
12 Covey Road
Walpole, MA 02081
Phone: 508-660-9053
Ms. Jennifer Fidler
Media & Visual Arts Educator
Wilmington High School

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education AEAC Liaison

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education AEAC Liaison
Dr. Lurline Munoz-Bennett
Arts Education & Equity Coordinator
Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Office of Literacy and Humanities
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Phone: 781-338-6285
Fax; 781-338-3395 (6)


Councils' Annual Reports to the Board

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2011-2012 Advisory Councils' Annual Reports to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Councils' Meeting Minutes

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Arts Education Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes April 2, 2018
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Arts Education Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes January 18, 2018

Related Resource Agencies and Organizations:

General Arts and Arts Education


  • The Boston Area Kodaly Educators serves New England music teachers in professional development workshops centered around "Kodaly-Inspired Music Education ."

  • The New England Orff Chapter is an affiliate of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, which is dedicated to the creative music teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunlid Keetman.

  • The New England Dalcroze Society is dedicated to advancing the music and movement teaching approach of Dalcroze in New England Schools.

  • The Society for General Music in Massachusetts was developed by Massachusetts general music teachers working to expand the opportunities for all general music teachers and students in Massachusetts, and is an affiliate of MMEA.

  • GIML-NE, an affiliate of Gordon Institute for Music Learning, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and support of Music Learning Theory throughout New England.

  • AIME (Administrators in Music Education) is an affiliation of MMEA. The mission of AIME is to provide music administrators with professional development by delving into the "hot topics" in music education.

  • The New England Scholastic Band Association was established to engender and maintain enthusiastic interest in the various phases of music, colorguard, percussion ensembles and music education in our secondary schools.

  • The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) is dedicated to the study of music through performance. Creating opportunities for evaluation and expert opinion and feedback to all our participants in a non-competitive music festival setting is our main focus.


  • Massachusetts Dance Education Organization is a non-profit dance resource and education organization whose mission is to advance and make accessible the art and education of dance in its many forms for all the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


  • The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. is a non-profit Corporation, composed of individuals and organizations in the six-state region of New England in order to develop, expand and assist theatre activity in New England on the educational, community and professional levels.

  • The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc. exists for the charitable and educational purpose of promoting and strengthening excellence, access, and education in the theatrical arts for middle and secondary school students and teachers.

Visual Art

  • Massachusetts Art Educators Association which serves the visual art educators of Massachusetts through a continuing effort to improve the quality and status of art education in our schools and communities

  • The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners. The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. The Massachusetts awards are sponsored by the Boston Globe.

  • The Monart Method has been taught to tens of thousands of public and private school children and is additionally offered in privately owned Monart schools, charter schools and home-school associations. This methodology teaches visual perception and realistic drawing skills.

  • Discipline-Based Art Education is art education that draws its content from the four foundational art disciplines of art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics, rather than emphasizing art production (studio experiences) alone.

  • The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method and school curriculum centers on open-ended yet highly-structured discussions of visual art, significantly increasing students' critical thinking, language and literacy skills along the way.

  • In the Arts PROPEL approach to instruction and assessment, students write poems, and tackle other "real-life" projects as the starting point for exploring the works of practicing artists. Prepared by Project Zero and the Educational Testing Service with the help of teachers and administrators from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Last Updated: May 10, 2018
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