This email is for those registered for the Summit XX Presummit Session - Unleashing Creativity: Contemporary Approaches in the Arts. You can pick up your registration materials at 9:00 AM on Jun 13th with Pre-Summit Sessions starting at 10:00 AM in the Airport Hilton in Austin Texas.

Samantha Melvin
Samantha Melvin currently serves as Book Study Chair for the Texas Art Education Association, where she has been an active member since 2004. She serves the National Art Education Foundation as a Trustee and CEDFA as a Visual Arts Training Cadre member. Samantha has been published in TRENDS, School Arts magazine, and on the Teaching Palette, an online art education resource. A #K12ArtChat featured-host on Twitter on two occasions, Samantha has shared her knowledge of contemporary art in the K12 art classroom, as well as on "Leading The Way: from Classroom to Community" which was also recorded as a podcast for The Creatively Connected Classroom. She is the National Consultant for Davis Publications, an independent art education consultant and teacher-mentor in Texas. An Art21 Educator, she taught elementary art in Burnet CISD and Spring Branch ISD. Samantha was a recipient of multiple grants, through Humanities Texas, two grants from Crayola and NAESP's Champion Creatively Alive Children and BP's A+ for Energy program among others. She received a 2009 Rauschenberg Award, a 2010 PBS Teachers Innovation Award, and was named 2012 NAEA National Elementary Art Educator of the Year. She received her Master of Arts, Art Education at the University of Florida in 2015, and was named a TAEA Distinguished Fellow for service to the association in 2016. Samantha exhibits her own art work regularly in Texas and has had work showcased in the 2018 NAEA Virtual Gallery, in Louisiana and in Tennessee. Samantha serves Burnet County as the founder and curator of the Burnet County Courthouse Art Exhibit, which showcases student art work from across the county in 3-4 shows each year, and just launched a new student exhibit space at the Herman Brown Free Library with an exhibition of K-8 art work. She also volunteers at Fort Croghan, Museum and Grounds in Burnet, and serves the Burnet County Historical Commission as Education Chair. She lives in Burnet, Texas.

Twitter: @smelvin Instagram: @fineartsstudio

Fun fact: The profile photo was taken by one of her former students, a painter and photographer, who is now studying Design in college.
Happy Summer!

I so look forward to our session, Unleashing Creativity: Contemporary Approaches in the Arts.

This interactive, hands-on, creative immersion into contemporary arts processes and thinking will get us all energized. I canít wait! I encourage you to dress comfortably for the "studio". We will be moving, working in groups "un-traditionally" and using materials and our thinking in different ways to explore our own creative process as we nurture our practice as educators and leaders.

Please bring your favorite art(s) supplies, sketchbook, notebook, and tech tools for research and documentation (iPad, laptop, camera/phone) as we will be playing and learning. Some additional supplies will be provided.

See you soon!





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