The NEW Ohio Art Education Association Advocate Award

This is a state-level awards program to recognize extraordinary effort and accomplishment in advocacy for visual art education by a member art educator. The purpose of this award program is to recognize and uphold exemplary efforts in art education advocacy as model action for membership.

Definition of “art advocacy” as applied in this project:
(Art) advocates promote a specific cause (visual art education) for others (students).
Advocacy action is a part of public relations, but not all public relations actions are advocacy. This award is intended to recognize members who specifically promote the cause, (benefits for and value of) visual art education for students in the nominee’s teaching site. This is not an award to recognize general positive public relations practice.

Members benefit from specific role models in advocacy action. This award provides that model and inspiration for advocacy. Recognition can also be very motivating for a teacher to take that extra step in a seemingly thankless endeavor. Our current awards recognize accomplished teaching in regions and by divisions. This award pinpoints a specific aspect of education practice; advocacy leadership in art education.
An (annual) Advocate Award to recognize those who have demonstrated specific exemplary effort and accomplishment in visual art advocacy is significant to OAEA members because it promotes professional growth and leadership, which aligns with the mission of OAEA. Members can nominate, be nominated and honored more than once. More than one member can be recognized each year. The total number of Advocate Awards (Merit and Honor combined) would not exceed the total number of Outstanding Art Teacher Awards presented annually.

2017 Advocate Award Winners

Advocate of Merit Award: Carmone Macfarlane (North Central)

Carmone Macfarlane says, “The hardest part of our day and our careers is simply advocating for our profession, not just as an integral part of the curriculum but as an important part of everyday life, and truth be told, it isn’t that simple. Advocacy has to happen in all aspects of our teaching, our professional lives, and even our personal lives as well.” Carmone, Ashland High School art educator, encourages her students to participate in a multitude of exhibitions, including the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, The Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, Showcase for Visual Artists, the Congressional Arts Competition, and The Emerging Artist Exhibition. She has spoken numerous times to her district administration about the success of her students, classroom needs, and the overall importance of the arts to Ashland schools and beyond, even creating an “annual summary” each year highlighting students’ accomplishments. Known as a team player, Carmone regularly collaborates with the English and Dramatics departments. In 2011, Carmone was chosen to be a writer (1 of 5) on the Ohio Department of Education’s Fine Arts Standards Re-Visioning. She also was selected as a writer for the OAAE Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, writing the Sculpture exam and co-authoring the Introduction to Art Exam. In 2009 and 2011, Carmone was selected to participate in the Governor’s Arts Day in Columbus. She worked with students to participate as ambassadors for the arts to legislators as a result, specifically helping students research current art issues, identify the arts in Ashland schools and community before prepping with the OOAE representatives as well as the Dramatics teacher. Carmone is an active participant in the Ohio Art Education Association, serving as Co-PR/Advocate Chair twice, and twice as Co-RD for the North Central Region. In addition to serving her region, she also has hosted and taught numerous workshops for North Central members and guests in sculpture, printmaking, art criticism and fibers. “Advocacy,” Carmone exclaims, “occurs for most of us daily. The minute our students enter the classroom, the moment we see a parent in the hall, when we see friends and colleagues out in the community, someone makes a comment about art. Every day, we advocate for our programs and we don’t even realize it.”


Advocate of Merit Award: MARY HASS (North Central)

Mary Hass has mentored two Lexington Local Schools art teachers through the RESA program and collaborates regularly with all five art teachers in the district to create the best art program possible for Lexington Local Schools. Mary, art educator at Eastern Elementary, eagerly anticipates Youth Art Month each year, having established every March as such via the Youth Art Month Proclamation, read by Mayor Eugene Parkinson, Superintendent Mike Ziegelhofer, and Music Booster President Rebeca Weilbacker. Area businesses, a local nursing home, a restaurant, and the Board Office have all hosted exhibits of Eastern Elementary students’ art, giving it prominent visibility in the local and surrounding communities. Under Mary’s direction, students created the first "Human Color Wheel" in 2007 and since have been creating different shapes, most recently a music note in 2014, the Treble Clef in 2015, and Bass Clef in 2016. For the North Central Region of OAEA, Mary has served as the Regional Director and as PR Chair, and currently is Co-Chairing the YAM Art Exhibition. She also is a Circa Society Member, with 20 years of membership in OAEA. She says, “the support I receive at the school and from the Superintendent make being the promoter of the arts an easy task!” Superintendent Michael Ziegelhofer writes, “Beyond her classroom, throughout the building and the district, Mary is continually emphasizing and promoting the meaning, value and fun art adds to life.”


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