Trends - The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association

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About Trends

Trends, The Journal of The Texas Art Education Association is published annually and is distributed to all TAEA members at our state conference.

The purpose of this peer-reviewed journal is to expand art education discourse by highlighting research, issues, and concerns that can inform our theoretical and pedagogical practices in and out of the classroom.

The viewpoints contained in Trends, The Journal of The Texas Art Education Association represent those of the writers and not the Texas Art Education Association. TAEA reserves the right to refuse any submissions based on questions regarding copyright, ethics and/ or inaccuracy. The co-editors reserve the right to edit copy for length without loss of integrity to submitted articles. Please refer to the "Author Guidelines" link for further clarification.

Current Call for Manuscripts for Trends 2017


Cala Coats
Assistant Professor of Art Education
School of Art
Stephen F. Austin State University

Joana Hyatt
Assistant Professor of Art Education
Department of Art
Lamar University

Bill Nieberding Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Art
Stephen F. Austin State University

Theme: Advocacy: Giving Voice to Art Education

What is advocacy? What does advocacy look like in art education? As the term "advocacy" is approached in this call for manuscripts, it is important to recognize that advocacy's definition is as varied as those working throughout art education's many environments. Advocacy is a word that may divide or unify. It may be confusing or empowering. Regardless, advocacy is an activity initiated by individuals or groups aiming to influence decision-making processes at the program, community, and/or institutional levels. It may be driven by political, economic, or social factors, and is a way of situating ourselves within the broader field. We may advocate anywhere from the single K-12 classroom to wider arenas of thought on an (inter)national scale.

This call emphasizes the theme of advocacy in its multitude of forms and experiences, spotlighting advocacy as a successful avenue for fostering productive dialogues that can inform, nurture, and produce positive change. In short, advocacy may be employed as a powerful tool to raise awareness and advance knowledge about and within our field. Advocacy demonstrates our values as a field, amplifying our collective voice.

Authors may wish to consider some of the following questions as they prepare their submission:

  • In what ways does advocacy initiate change?
  • How is advocacy embedded in your daily practice as an art educator?
  • What are some of the challenges concerning advocacy that you face as an art educator?
  • How might art educators successfully advocate in the variety of instructional contexts (schools, museums, community centers, higher education, etc.)?

This issue of Trends encourages article submissions that reflect advocacy as a way to cultivate dialogue, seek solutions, remove barriers, improve teaching and learning, and recognize worthy endeavors that support art education. Arts educators, community-based activists, museum educators, university educators, researchers, and graduate students are invited to submit articles for the 2017 theme: Advocacy: Giving Voice to Art Education. Authors are encouraged to explore issues of classroom practice, research, policy making, administration, and community engagement that reflects art education's diversity.

Deadline: Original manuscripts must be received by January 15, 2017 as MS Word document attachments. Please submit electronically via email to .

To facilitate the anonymous peer review process, authors' names and any identifying information should appear on a separate title page. Manuscripts must be formatted according to APA (6th Edition) standards. Photographic images are encouraged; please prepare them in digital (300 dpi.jpg) format and include the photo and/or copyright release form.

For questions or more information, please feel free to contact Heidi Powell, Joana Hyatt, or Bill Nieberding at .

Trends, The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association is a refereed professional journal, published annually by the Texas Art Education Association and is sent to all members and to selected state and national officials. The journal accepts articles written by authors residing both inside and outside of the state of Texas.


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Accessing Past Issues of Trends

Dear readers, we are delighted that you can now access past issues of Trends. Click here to view past issues of Trends, beginning with March 1957. We are so grateful to Dr. Jack Davis for helping our organization have access to our legacy.