OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou know the drill: everyone goes around the circle and says their name, where they’re from, and some “interesting fact” about themselves. It’s standard first-day-of-school-or-camp-or-other-student-activity procedure. Meanwhile you sit there, the very last person in the circle, knowing that there’s really no way you could remember all these names anyway, but especially not now since all you can do is focus on coming up with that one “interesting fact.” It has to be something unique and memorable (because first impressions are important), but not something too weird (because first impressions are important), and it should by no means evoke any kind of follow-up question (because second impressions are even more important, and you’re just not ready for that yet). Then there’s the pressure of going last—these people are expecting some grand finale, and really how can you beat “I once went skydiving with my grandpa” kid? Flustered, you end up blurting out something (like: “I’m a fan of Netflix” or “my favorite color is aquamarine”) that, while important, doesn’t really define you (except that now it does—you will be “aqua girl” in the minds of all your peers for at least the next few hours).

That’s kind of how I feel right now.

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NAEA 2015

What role will design play in the future of visual arts education? Three Scholastic Awards alums—Sarah Devlin, Samuel Hooper, and Brett Goliff—will explore this question in their panel Young Creatives Talk Innovation and Design at the annual National Art Education Association Conference on March 25 in New Orleans. If you plan to be there, plan to join us!

The interactive session will look at ways in which design informs our constructions of place and space. This group of practicing artists, all innovators in their fields, will bring a fresh perspective on the intersection of design and arts education.

Read on to learn about our amazing alums and what they’ve been up to since they received their Scholastic Awards!

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