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President's Welcome

Susan Kolenda-

It is an honor to represent and serve RI Art Educators.  In this role, I will strive to represent and promote the interests of arts education in RI – and for our association members.


In the ever-changing times which we are in, it is my goal to…. 


  • Develop a strong Advocacy team of Art Educators to create loud voices in our community demonstrating the importance of the Arts to RIDE while showcasing the Arts are ALIVE and well in RI Arts Education!


  • Offer Professional Development opportunities to RI Art Educators that are meaningful in our everyday teaching lives.  Specifically, focusing on the design of Culturally Appropriate lessons in the Art room.


  • Reach out to Art Educators around Rhode Island to hear their wants and needs as members of RIAEA.  


  • Encourage other Art Educators to participate in RIAEA opportunities as the Arts in Rhode Island will always need many voices and leaders!


Please feel free to email me at!  Thank you for the opportunity to serve and to promote RI Arts Education!

RIAEA Past Presidents

Cynthia Duffy  1991-1993

Linda Newman 1993-1995

Don Chabot  1995-1997

Steve Saunders 1997-1999

Peter Geisser  1999-2001

John Chamberlain 2001-2002

Mary McMurtery 2002-2004

Christine Mullen 2004-2006

Rosemary Burns 2006-2008

Mia Thompson 2008-2010

Susanne Suprock 2010-20012

Susan Root  2012-20014

Kristen Murphy 2014-20016

Michelle Turner 2016-20018

Susan Kolenda 2018-2020

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