SCALA is ready to launch yet another promising year. Our momentum of rigorous learning from last year continues with new and exciting opportunities for Art Teachers. Our membership numbers, again, increased both in the District and Individual levels, our workshop attendance continued to swell, & the participation in all art shows rose beyond our hopes. This steady trend reinforces that SCALA is on the right track, that we are targeting the needs of our members, and providing wonderful opportunities for art teachers and their students.
The start of a new school year offers exciting opportunities for new beginnings, and countless possibilities. There is a thrilling movement that is launched at the beginning of each new school year, offering us the chance to try something new, to inspire our students & collaborate with our colleagues. Inspiration takes courage, but its rewards for our students and for ourselves, is quite worthwhile.
We all will have many goals for this school year. Some will be easily and quickly accomplished, while others may require patience and practice. We know that we need to sustain our energy, enthusiasm and drive to continually achieve success. We want to continue to be role models for our students, for each other, and coalesce this with being staunch advocates for the Visual Arts, for our teaching profession, and for our students and communities.
It is with all these goals in mind that the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association (SCALA) invites you, your staff, & colleagues to join us, either again, or for the first time.
This coming year’s CTLE Professional Development Workshop Series will maintain the high level of rigor that you expect from SCALA. Each workshop will include interesting pedagogy, exciting hands-on experiences and recommendations for art teachers to assist their ENL students. This year we have new instructors on board for our CTLE Professional Development Workshop Series. If you join us, you stand to experience a variety of learning and renewing experiences.
Quite a few very special events are returning this year. We continue our partnership with the Heckscher Museum of Art, in Huntington. 2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Museum and their fabulous museum educators will lead us through a workshop Finding Inspiration through their first centennial exhibition honoring Long Island Artists. AMACO Ceramics will also be sponsoring our 7th Night of Clay, and new this year, we will be hosting a “Kickoff Event” with Tandy Leather.
Our Art Shows return, offering our members many occasions to highlight their skills, their students’ successes, and both together. Babylon Old Town Hall along with BACCA will be hosting our High School All-County and Senior Scholarship Show, along with our Children’s Show. Our SCALA Invitational Show will close out the year. The Invitational Show invites art teachers to show a student artwork alongside their own work. This year, SCALA’s scheduled events stand to make for an enjoyable and exciting school year.
We look forward to having you join us for many of these wonderful events!
Patricia Stork, President
Lauren Lewonka, Vice President / Secretary
Theresa Dunnells Treasurer & Membership
Joy Taylor, Exhibitions
Carrie Grillo & Karissa Lalima; Co. Chair Professional Development
Kasmira Mohanty, Graphic Designer & Webmaster
Grace Barrett, Past President
Dr. Diana Cook, Administrative Liaison