President's Message



Mel Basham

Texas Art Education Association has been a valuable part of my life since 1996. Through TAEA experiences, I have grown as an art educator and learned the importance and value of visual art education for students in all our Texas schools. Art, art educators, Texas student artists and TAEA are my passion. I am honored to be your new President.

We are a creative organization and should encourage "head, heart, hands" philosophy promoting critical thinking about originality and creativity with meaningful voice resulting in original products. As stated by Louis Nizer, "A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman, but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist."

We are at the start of a great yet challenging adventure. What we do together in these two years will affect the lives of so many art educators and students.

We will work continually to promote quality art education programs. We must have open communication with membership, local and state officials to advocate for art programs – in all Texas schools – urban, suburban and rural.

You are an important part of the TAEA team.

Together we can continue what we started under Suzanne's presidency as we:

Empower, Support, Recognize, and Unify

  • Empower — art educators through program development – Texas Art Education Outreach

  • Support — art educators, students and art programs through Mentorship and Advocacy

  • Recognize — celebrate achievements and accomplishments of art educators and students - Awards, Youth Art Month, VASE, Scholarships, Grants

  • Unify — continue to build a TAEA TEAM to educate everyone on the benefits and importance of art education programs in all Texas Schools - Working together we will accomplish more!

To assist in the continued growth and prosperity of our influential and highly respected organization is an honor that I do not take lightly. As your President I will be positive and professional, direct yet compassionate, keeping in the forefront the past, present and future of Texas Art Education Association.

I am here to be involved as part of the TAEA team.

Mel Basham
TAEA President 2017-2019