TAEA Districts of Distinction

TAEA Districts of Distinction

Please view a short video showcasing our 2022 awardees for the TAEA District of Distinction.

Previous Awardees


Celebrating Excellence in the Visual Arts

What is a District of Distinction?

District of Distinction is an annual recognition program created by Texas Art Education Association and run by the Administration and Supervision division to honor school districts that are leading the way in the visual arts. The TAEA Administration and Supervision would like to recognize districts with outstanding leadership (be that formal or informal) in promoting the arts in their district and community. We are looking to recognize districts that are active participating members in the TAEA and beyond the confines of TAEA sponsored events. The rubric is differentiated by number of students in the district, has exemptions on regions that do not have sponsored events and allows for each district submitting to meet 12 out of the 14 criteria (excluding exemptions). A district may receive the award more than once.

If your school district is engaged in advocating for the visual arts your district could be a TAEA District of Distinction.

When will we announce the 2023 winners?

Winners will be announced in August of 2023 and recognized at the TAEA Conference 2023. (Rubric will be based on events/activities from September 2022 – June 2023.)

How does TAEA promote honorees?

Districts of Distinction honorees will:

  • Be identified on the association's website
  • Receive a District of Distinction plaque along with a letter of commendation from the association
  • Receive a press release template to promote their recognition to local media

Who will choose the winners?

The Administration and Supervision Chair, Chair Elect, and other TAEA members will check the criteria and mark whether the district submission meets the qualifications to receive the designation of a TAEA District of Distinction. All districts fulfilling the rigorous criteria will be awarded the title of a District of Distinction.

What is my responsibility as a District of Distinction?

The winning district(s) as part of the award will be asked to submit their district logo and a celebration photo to feature on the TAEA website and at the fall conference, share a few words about the impact of earning the District of Distinction on programs and school district, attend the award ceremony at the fall TAEA conference, and attend at the Administration and Supervision Meeting at the fall conference.

If you are interested in participating, please complete this form, and a Google submission folder will be shared with your District Representative. For more information, please . Submission deadline is June 23, 2023.


Criteria / Rubric

2022-2023 Criteria / Rubric (PDF) (Revised 01/26/2023)

2020-2021 Rubric Examples (PDF)