President's Welcome

Susan Kolenda




I write this message as your new RIAEA President in hopes that your new school year is off to a great start.  What other profession gives you a fresh start every 12 months?  How lucky are we?!  Even though I am embarking on year 23, I still feel the thrill of starting each September with new ideas and initiatives for my classes.

The same is true for RIAEA.  Each year we get do the great things we've always done for our members, but we also get to add more fresh ideas and opportunities!  This year I have three focus goals for the organization:

Professional Development:  Look for more workshop and discussion offerings as we tap into the skills and professional resources of our very own members!

Membership:  We are always on the lookout for new members.  Look for more informal gatherings around the state to network and connect with our art teaching counterparts.

Service:  We are a collectively creative group (of course!) so let's put our talents to good use.  Look for opportunities to participate in service opportunities to benefit others in need.

Please consider attending one (or more!) our monthly meetings - ALL members are ALWAYS welcome!  Typically, the first hour will be business related and the second hour we will do something creative!  We will be sure to post meeting location, time and details on Facebook and the RIAEA website.  Hope to see you soon!

Creatively yours,
Michelle Turner