President's Message

Jami Bevans

Change is inevitable and yet often difficult. As I enter this phase of my service to TAEA, I look back at all the changes that have occurred and note the positive impact upon our art family. We changed how VASE was structured and the response has been uplifting; the team work from four amazing Directors of VASE has produced wonderful ideas that have pushed this program forward.

Texas Art Education Foundation (TAEF) has also grown and continues to impact art education by funding grants to teachers and scholarships to students. The District of Distinction is providing strong validation for fine art programs across the state.

Texas Art Education Outreach (TAEO), while still in its infancy will help to serve areas where members struggle as the only art teacher for miles and brand new teachers fight to survive that first year in the classroom.

My vision for my upcoming term is to maintain and grow those thriving programs that make Texas Art Education Association a powerful community of artists and art educators, to encourage members to get involved, to establish firmer roots for TAEO and to nurture and embrace new ideas that will facilitate change and growth for TAEA in a positive way.

2019 marked a hundred years of art education in Texas. A lot has occurred over the decades to get to the point where we are now, but those changes did not come without sacrifices and hard work. While Texas Art Education Association continues to grow and offer a variety of programs that enrich our membership, there is always work to be done.

Nothing is ever accomplished alone when building an organization as great as TAEA. We need all hands on deck. We need you; we need your ideas no matter how small or insignificant you may think them, we need your voice to advocate for art in our schools, we need your support as we tackle those more difficult situations, and we need your positive energy as we traverse uncharted paths. YOU are the heart and soul of TAEA.

If you'd asked me when I first started as an art teacher and a new member to TAEA if I could envision the impact this wonderful organization would have for me in the coming years, I would have said no. Looking back, I realize I could not have become the educator I am today without the love and support of TAEA and its members. I feel humbled and blessed to be serving my TAEA family as president. I will strive to do my best to serve without bias, to nurture and embrace changes, and to offer guidance and support to my TAEA family whenever needed. As always, I am your most humble servant.

With Warm Regards,

Jami Bevans
TAEA President 2019-2021