Stay up to date on the latest news for educators! From important information about back-to-school orders to awards, events, sponsor news, and more, find updates and resources to enrich your teaching experience while connecting you to fellow educators and organizations across the country.
Important Note for Back-to-School Orders
Order early to ensure stocked shelves for Back-to-School 2021
Suppliers in every industry continue to struggle with supply disruptions due to manufacturing and labor shortages, raw materials availability, shipping and port delays, and more.
Our outstanding "future order" system ensures orders are packaged well in advance, and shipped exactly when you need them for billing purposes. We strive to make sure your order is timely, but doesn't arrive too early!
Blick Offers 'Future Orders' Option for Educators and Schools
Skip the stress of ordering classroom supplies when the school year starts – place an order ahead of time and we’ll send it to you when you need it.
Advantages of Future Orders:
1. Best Product Availability
2. Just in Time Delivery
3. Invoices Align with Budgetary Timing
How it Works:
1. Prepare your supply list in advance of the date needed.
2. Place your order as soon as you are able and indicate the date you would like your order to ship. If ordering online, select “I would like this order to be billed and shipped to me at a future date” in the shipping address section of checkout.
3. We will pack and hold your order until the selected date.
4. You won't be invoiced until your order ships.
5. Your order arrives on time and complete.
Diamond Sponsor of the 2021 NAEA Convention
Blick was pleased to be a Diamond Sponsor of the [VIRTUAL] 2021 NAEA National Convention March 4-7, 2021. Blick welcomed over 4,000 attendees to our virtual exhibit hall booth, where we unveiled our newest lesson plans for 2021. Blick also hosted two virtual art-making events: The Conceptual Art Game and Knotted Rocks. Art educators from around the U.S. and the world participated simultaneously in these sessions. Blick also collaborated with our manufacturing and business partners to send 1,000 gift kits to the first convention registrants.
As a Diamond Sponsor, Blick is proud to continue its support of the NAEA beyond the convention and also to support state art education organizations by attending conferences, advertising in organization publications, and providing door prizes, product samples, and workshops.
Blick Sponsors 2021 Celebrating Art Contests
Celebrating Art hosts three art contests each year for students across the United States in grades K-12. There is no cost to enter and no fee to be published. Judges select the top 35% of the entries received to be published in a national anthology.
For over 10 years, Blick has provided support in the form of gift certificates to be redeemed for classroom supplies for sponsoring art educators and awards for the Top Ten winning students. We are pleased to support this program which provides young artists a platform to share their work and gives teachers the opportunity to earn free art supplies.
For contest information, visit CelebratingArt.com.
Blick NAEA Convention Grant Winners Announced
Blick continues to support art education across the country by sending two teachers to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention every year. Because the 2020 NAEA conference was cancelled, our 2020 winners were registered for the 2021 NAEA Virtual Convention March 4-7, 2021. They will also be provided the opportunity to attend in person in New York City, March 3-5, 2022. Congratulations to this year’s winners:
Elisa Edgar, Stipes Elementary School – Irving, Texas
Julia Sapir, Tandem Friends School – Charlottesville, Virginia
Stop by the Blick exhibit at your state AEA conference this fall and enter for a chance to win one of our two 2022 NAEA Convention grants where you will join Elisa and Julia along with art educators from all over the US and around the world. Winners will receive free registration, airfare, four nights lodging, and daily expenses for the 2022 convention in New York City.
The Council for Art Education Recognizes 2020 Youth Art Month Award Winners
The Council for Art Education Board of Directors voted to recognize the following individuals for contributions to their 2020 Youth Art Month Programs:
Claire Flanagan Memorial (Grand) Award
New Jersey: Karen Mannino and Kristy Lopez, Co-Chairpersons
Award of Excellence
Virginia: Jauan Brooks, Chairperson
New York: Donnalyn Shuster and Heather McCutcheon, Co-Chairpersons
Award of Merit
Utah: Elizabeth Sampson, Chairperson
Kentucky: Shelley Clark, Chairperson
Georgia: Krista Lewis, Chairperson
Kansas: Lynn Felts and Megan Wendleton, Co-Chairpersons
West Virginia: Katherine Crim, Chairperson
Maine: Elise Pelletier, Chairperson
Rhode Island: Tara Villanova and Kerri Marshall, Co-Chairpersons
Tennessee: Ginger Slate, Chairperson
Missouri: Erin Price, Chairperson
South Dakota: Marica Shannon, Chairperson
Nebraska: Bob Reeker, Marli Kulhanek, Co-Chairpersons
Michigan: Joyce Knight-Coyne, Chairperson
Oklahoma: Holly Proctor, Chairperson
Alabama: Julie Harrison, Chairperson
Pennsylvania: Robert Bomboy, Christine Uliano, Leslie Grace, Co-Chairpersons
New Hampshire: Lisa Rancourt, Chairperson
Wyoming: Kerri Gentry, Chairperson
Arkansas: Amber Lemsur, Sue Ann McCoy, Co-Chairpersons
Minnesota: Laura Anton, Shandes Landes, Co-Chairpersons
To be eligible for recognition, state chairpersons submitted documentation of their Youth Art Month Programs. Documentation was evaluated across a variety of key categories, based on predetermined criteria.
The awards presentation will take place virtually on Saturday, February 27, 2021, a week before the 2021 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention.
Sponsored nationally by The Council for Art Education (CFAE), Youth Art Month is an annual observance, typically in March, designed to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging the imagination, innovation, and creative skills that a visual arts experience can nurture. Across the country, students, teachers, and communities direct attention to the value of a visual arts education that develops divergent and critical thinking, multicultural awareness, and technical, communication, and expressive skills.
To find out more about Youth Art Month or to participate in Youth Art Month activities, contact your state chairperson, state art education association, or The Council for Art Education at councilforarteducation.org.
The Council for Art Education is a non-profit 501(c)(3) association created in 1984 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI). ACMI seeks to promote safety in art and creative products through its certification program, and is a major sponsor of CFAE.
For more information contact Becky Finch, email@example.com.