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CAEA Virtual Book Club

Help CAEA build community and networking through the CAEA Book Club.

Designed for both members and non-members, the club will offer an opportunity during each session to ask what you can do in your classroom to help your students as an art educator. All book club events will consist of three sessions that will take place over a four- to six-week period.

Book selections will vary, as will the presentation styles, to meet a variety of tastes and purposes. Some sessions may have the authors of the books present, while other sessions will be just for fun with members hosting the series and book titles that are more creative or fun in nature. The goal is to have a book club event every four to eight weeks with a mix of serious and light titles.


Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma by Adrienne Hunter and Donalyn Heise

Dates: Wednesday, June 24; Wednesday, July 8; Tuesday, July 21
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hosts: Adrienne Hunter, Donalyn Heise, Nancy Andrzejczak
Cost: $20

Click here to register.

Click here  for links to vendors who are selling this book.

Click here  for reading guide

This book has won national acclaim and is one of the few books addressing this topic; its aim is to increase understanding of art's potential to enhance learning for children living in crisis. In this ground-breaking resource, the first of its kind to focus specifically on the connection between art education and psychological trauma in youth populations, readers can find resources and practical strategies for both teachers and other school-based professionals. Also included are successful models of art education for diverse populations, with specific attention to youth who face emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical challenges, as well a framework for meaningful visual arts education for at-risk/in-crisis populations.

The book's authors present to standing room only audiences

Adrienne D. Hunter, MEd, has over 35 years of experience teaching art to at-risk, in-crisis, and/or incarcerated youth. She is a national presenter, a past president of the interest group on Special Needs in Art Education (SNAE) within the National Art Education Association, and a past membership co-chair for the Council for Exceptional Children's Division of Visual and Performing Arts Education (DARTS).

Donalyn Heise, EdD, is founder and co-director of Teacher Effectiveness for Art Learning (TEAL), and is a leader at the local, state, and national level. She is a researcher, author, national presenter, and award-winning educator with more than 30 years of experience teaching art to youth who have experienced psychological trauma.


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Find Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon

Dates: Tuesday, June 30; Tuesday, July 14; Tuesday, July 28
Time: Zoom Sessions are from 6–7pm
Hosts: Laurie Gatlin, Vicki Smart, Anna Pilhoefer
Cost: None

Click here to register.

Click here for a general reading guide

Discussion guide for the Tuesday, June 30, session
Discussion guide for the Tuesday, July 14, session (coming soon)
Discussion guide for the Tuesday, July 28, session (coming soon)

This event is focused on fun!

Join CAEA in a FREE Book Club for Creatives! How to Find Your Artistic Voice: An Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic, by illustrator and author Lisa Congdon invites all of us to reimagine and hone in our unique creative voice. This Book Club is a gateway to reconnecting with our inner creative selves through fun and anecdotal stories from Congdon’s own creative process, along with eleven other amazing artists. Our Club is a circle of practice and support that we hope carries over to your professional spaces for those students that may feel stuck, or stifled when expectations of perfectionism set in. Lisa’s book is a bright and inspiring book that uplifts creatives to overcome the personal challenges of our new normal and to continue growing our artistic spirit.



Making Artists by Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands
(still in publication)

Dates: TBD - late September, early October
Time: TBD
Hosts: TBD
Cost: TBD


Additional titles will be added after the 2020 conference.