Morehead State Arts Education Instructor Susan Hawkins (Class of 2010) will serve as the National Arts Education Association’s (NAEA) Crayola Creativity Ambassador. She received this honor after a nationwide search for arts leaders in education.
According to Crayola, nearly 200 visual arts educators have applied to be Creativity Ambassadors. The 75 newly announced NAEA-Crayola Creativity Ambassadors will be immersed in leadership exercises and can then encourage their colleagues to leverage creativity as a foundational practice in teaching and learning. Starting in the fall, Hawkins will participate in online learning sessions and is encouraged to invite colleagues to join her. The sessions led to the national launch of Crayola Creativity Week in January 2023.
Selection for the program was based on a review of applicants’ resumes and their responses to a series of questions about how they have used successful approaches to building creative capacity through classroom teaching and leadership, to school and in the community.
Hawkins said she heard about the program through her involvement with NAEA and the Kentucky Arts Education Association (KyAEA) and said she was interested because she had worked with Crayola before.
“I was immediately interested in the opportunity because I’ve worked with Crayola in the past using their educational materials to provide professional development to local elementary school teachers,” Hawkins said. “They provide quality art content and art materials, and I feel confident using their offerings for teachers.”
Hawkins said the ambassadorship will benefit her outreach efforts and help her students learn new teaching techniques.
“Working as a Crayola Creativity Team Leader, I can support the ongoing supervision of Art Awareness by giving our Art Education students insight into how to create and teach their own art lessons. art in a practical approach. I can also provide additional support to local teachers who can use this program in their own classrooms by incorporating the art into their daily curriculum,” she said. Hawkins added that she hopes the program will raise awareness of the importance of the arts in schools, the community and in people’s individual lives.
To learn more about the program, contact Hawkins at [email protected] or call 606-783-2548.