Teaching the National Core Arts Standards

This summer we are offering an exciting opportunity for teachers from anywhere in the United States to engage with the National Core Arts Standards and with a lineup of guest speakers.

The institute runs from June 19-23 from 8 AM – 4:30 PM.

Note for MU current students or alumni: The class is listed as ART 526 and if you have already taken this class, you are able to take it again for credit. Contact Leslie for details about this or if you need a special statement for reimbursement from your district.


PDF of the ad: national-standards-poster


Transform: Call for Entries


Transform Logo

a juried exhibit celebrating the artistic commitment of local artist-educators in Millersville University’s Sykes Gallery.

Works in any medium qualify, and should be thematically tied to the notion of “Transform.” All works must be original and completed within the last two years. Two-dimensional work must be prepared for hanging and not exceed 24” in any direction. Three-dimensional work must not exceed 4’ (length and width) x 6’ (height). Any special installation needs must be completed by the artist on site.

A maximum of three entries are allowed per artist. Submit electronic images and the completed entry form. Entries will be judged from high resolution electronic images. You may submit more than one image for each three-dimensional work. Electronic files must be in jpg format, minimum of 300 dpi at approximately 8×10”. Submit files to TransformExhibition@gmail.com. Name electronic files as follows:

  • LastName1_titleofwork.jpg
  • LastName2_titleofwork.jpg
  • LastName3_titleofwork.jpg


  • 8.1.16 Deadline for submitting entries
  • 8.31.16 Notification of accepted works
  • 10.17-19.16 Receipt of accepted work via mail or drop off. Work must be shipped in reusable packaging and include prepaid return shipping. Alternatively, work can be delivered in person between 8:30-4 PM in the main office of Breidenstine Hall or on 10.18.16 between 4-8 PM in Breidenstine Hall Room 209.
  • 10.24.16 – 1.12.17 Exhibition dates
  • 11.14.16 Reception and Panel Discussion The Artist-Teacher
  • 1.15.17 Return shipping

Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka is Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art and an
affiliate assistant professor in the Art Education program at Penn State. Dana’s interests include: teaching, learning, and pedagogy within the context of art museums; the history and gendering of art museum education; social media and other tools for curating art museum experiences; Postmodern art and artists; parenting; and issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Entry Form: Transform CFE

Register for Rethinking Curriculum Workshop

The Rethinking Curriculum workshop will take place at Millersville University on Tuesday, November 10th and feature art educators from Garnet Valley School District and the Elizabethtown Area School District who will present models for rethinking curriculum based on the work of Olivia Gude and choice-based art education philosophy.

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association is providing desserts and coffee/tea/water. The event is free for PAEA members and $5 for non-members. Payment is due the night of the event. Two Act 48 hours will be available for members. If you need to renew your membership, visit http://www.arteducators.org/community/membership.

Click here to register for the event.

Curriculum Workshop Flyer


Curriculum Workshop Flyer

More MU Art Ed Grads HIRED!!

Congrats to all our recent MU Art Education Graduates who received art teaching positions this summer!! 

Terri Cipolla – High School Art Instructor, Carlisle Area SD

Amanda Harding – Art teacher, Phoenix Academy, Lancaster, PA

Bronya Hubbard – High School Art Instructor, Cedar Cliff HS

Dominique Filiziani – Elementary Art Instructor, Red Lion SD, York, PA

Jackieraye Barr – Elementary Art Instructor, Carlisle Area SD, Carlisle, PA

Katie Starr – Upper School Art Instructor, West Shore Christian School

Meg Whitney – Art teacher, Beuhrle Academy, Lancaster, PA

Phoebe Fisher – High School Art Instructor, Palmyra Area SD, Palmyra, PA

Harry Innacola – Elementary Art Instructor, Manheim Township SD, Lancaster, PA

Kerrin Giovanelli – Elementary Art Instructor, Price Elementary, School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA

Emily Dillon – Elementary Art Instructor, Upper Marlboro Elementary, Prince George’s County, MD

Kelsey Cagno – Lower School Art Instructor, West Shore Christian School

Tara Kirchgessner – Long-Term Sub at School District of Lancaster, McCaskey East

An interview with an employed MU Art Ed grad, Jackieraye Barr



Degree: Bachelor of Science in Art Education

Class Year: 2013

Q: Why did you choose Millersville University?

A: I received an academic passport scholarship after attending Harrisburg Area Community College. The “passport” allowed me to choose from any of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education at which to complete my undergraduate degree. I chose Millersville because it was within driving distance of my home and many nearby cities. Additionally, it was one of the few schools in South-central Pennsylvania that offered an art education program and Millersville had a reputation for producing fine teachers.

Q: Did you always want to be a teacher?

A: I was always extremely artistic and creative as a child, but my emotions didn’t mature as quickly as my brain. I never really thought about sharing my abilities with others until it came time to pick a major for college. I graduated high school in the late 1990s with full intentions of obtaining my art teaching degree from Penn State. Stressful events happened in my life and I left college to pursue other options; on the job training as a dental assistant and a brief run as a cosmetologist. I knew in my heart I was given strong creative, academic and social gifts, and I wasn’t feeling fulfilled in my other career choices.

Q: Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in teaching?

A: My younger brother Tyler, who works in early childhood intervention, sat me down about six years ago and gave me a “talking to”. He knew I had been feeling unfulfilled and searching for meaning in my career. Tyler helped me to make the final leap back into a four-year program to finish what I started many years ago and encouraged me that I could be successful despite not having studied math for over a decade!

Q: Where are you teaching now?

A: I am proud to be an elementary art teacher in Carlisle Area School District and am surrounded by an amazing support team.

Q: Did you feel well prepared for your teaching position?

A: I felt ready to take on a classroom as soon as I had graduated because I had worked in many part time childcare or teaching related jobs while enrolled at Millersville.

Q: How do you feel Millersville contributed to your preparedness?

A: The Art department faculty at Millersville really showed deep interest and appreciation for my drive and work ethic, and were always willing to assist in any way needed. Jeri Robinson-Lawrence spent numerous hours assisting me with tricky things like scheduling classes and making phone calls. Dr. Leslie Gates continues to be a mentor to me. She has truly brought new life into the Art Education department through her involvement in organizations like Pennsylvania Art Education Association and by introducing the upcoming generation of art teachers to progressive theories on choice-based arts education and other non-traditional practices.

Q: Did you hold any jobs between graduation and landing your position?

A: Because the field of art education is highly competitive and it is difficult to land an interview, I worked at the York Jewish Community Center in York, Pa. while I sought a full-time position in a public school. I loved that job, but it was strictly part-time and not supporting me financially, so I continued to submit 65 applications to various schools in the region over the course of a year. I also taught on occasion at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center.

Q: How did they contribute to your professional life?

A: Working in facilities that service a very diverse, demanding population really challenged me to be flexible in classroom management styles. I learned self-discipline, timing, planning and organization skills. Perhaps most importantly, I gained confidence in communicating with parents, directors, management, students and fellow employees.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of teaching?

A: I love the relationships and bonds created between teacher and student. When a child feels comfortable enough to make mistakes in the classroom because he or she trusts in himself or herself to work through a problem, I feel great joy and pride.

Q: Were you a part of any clubs or organizations during your time at MU?

A: I volunteered outside of the University and was also inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

Q: Do you have any heroes or a quote you like to live by?

A: My husband was my life support during my undergraduate experience. He stuck through four years of my insane schedules, he financially supported us during my time at Millersville, and he sacrificed living spaces and long commutes. Money was tight, but we made it work. He’s my hero. As for quotes, I heard this one a while ago in school and it has stuck with me, “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday and all is well.”

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to students at MU looking for teaching jobs?

A: It will likely be very challenging and competitive to find a career, and you might be tempted to settle for anything out of frustration. Treat college like your job and you’ll have an edge over people who just barely get by. Be wise and stay involved in organizations related to your specific field, those professors and connections will be your cheerleaders. If you are young in the field and have little experience beyond student teaching, try to substitute teach, volunteer, work in child care or a related field to build confidence in your classroom management skills until you receive an offer you can believe in. Whatever you do, don’t give up.