Join us for the annual AENJ Fall Conference, where we will delve into the captivating world of creativity and exploration in education. This year’s conference will be held at the centrally located Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, the “heart of New Jersey,” with offsite pre-conference activities on October 29th and two full days of professional development on October 30th and 31st.
Our focus, “Making the Invisible Visible,” celebrates the power of art to unveil hidden perspectives, amplify unheard voices, and shed light on agency in the art room.
Inspiring keynotes and special guests will deliver keynote addresses and smaller hands-on workshops. Several Best Practice Lectures, Hands-On Workshops, Pre-Service Student Roundtables, and Informational Sessions led by AENJ members and other educational leaders will be held on varied topics such as the new NJSLS; student engagement, climate, and culture; curriculum, dealing with teacher burnout and assessment; diversity, equity, and inclusion; SEL, wellness, and mental health; supporting all learners and much more.
2023 Fall Conference: Session Keynote Speakers
KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Monday, October 30th
Lucinda “La Morena” Hinojos
Lucinda “La Morena” Hinojos is an internationally renowned muralist and painter, born and raised in Glendale, Arizona. She proudly identifies as Xicana, with Apache and Yaqui descent. Lucinda is the first Chicana, Native American artist to work with the NFL league as the marquee artist of Super Bowl LVII. She has created the featured artwork for the 2023 Super Bowl LVII tickets and the elaborate, deeply meaningful largest mural in Super Bowl history, measuring 9,500 square feet.
In 2012, she began curating underground art shows, which eventually led to curating solo exhibits for local artists in Phoenix, Arizona. Her talent caught the attention of the art world, and in 2017, she was invited to participate in “Wall Therapy” in Rochester, NY, followed by the O+Positive Mural Festival in 2018. Lucinda’s artwork has been showcased in numerous galleries and museums across the United States, including notable venues such as ChimMaya Gallery in East LA, La Bodega in San Diego, CA, Frost Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Tangent Gallery in Milwaukee, ASU Gammage, Arizona History Museum, and NAU Art Museum, among others. Most recently, she was invited by the US Embassy of France to create a 7-story mural in Marseille, France, for the Plan d’ou neighborhood.
As Lucinda’s talent and dedication to social justice issues have gained recognition, her popularity has skyrocketed nationwide. Her murals and paintings are stylistically and thematically influenced by Chicano and Indigenous art and spirituality. Lucinda embodies the aesthetics and values of Chicano culture and Native issues, infusing them with a contemporary context that fosters a dialogue between art and society. She has actively collaborated with civil rights organizations and non-profits such as Promise AZ, ACLU of Arizona, ACLU Nationwide, Poder in Action, and LUCHA. Lucinda’s work and advocacy were honored in May 2018 when she was recognized by Senator Catherine Miranda in The Arizona State Senate. In May 2019, she met with AZ Congressman Greg Stanton to discuss her #MMIW Mural and shed light on the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Lucinda continues to use her artwork to address pressing social issues. She shares her knowledge and inspiration through various platforms, including conferences, schools, and panels. Notable appearances include the “La Revolucion: The Legacy of Mural Art in the Southwest” conference at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and a Wall Therapy conference titled “Art and Social Change at Times of Crisis” in Rochester, NY. Lucinda’s impact extends beyond her artwork as she recently portrayed the main character in the short film “La Morena.” The film garnered international attention and received coverage in publications such as the LA Times and ABC News. It was also featured on the national TV show “Right This Minute.” Lucinda remains dedicated to utilizing her activism to serve local communities and effect meaningful change.
Read more about keynote Lucinda “La Morena”
KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Tuesday, October 31st
Monument Lab- Patricia Eunji Kim, PhD
Monument Lab is a nonprofit public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. Monument Lab works with artists, students, educators, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Founded by Paul Farber and Ken Lum in 2012, Monument Lab cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments.
Monument Lab defines monument as “a statement of power and presence in public.”
As a studio and curatorial team, we collaborate to make generational change in the ways art and history live in public. Our approaches include producing citywide art exhibitions, site-specific commissions, and participatory research initiatives. We aim to inform the processes of public art, as well as the permanent collections of cities, museums, libraries, and open data repositories. Through exhibitions, research programs, editorial platforms, and fellowships, we have connected with hundreds of thousands of people in person and millions online. Monument Lab critically engages our inherited symbols in order to unearth the next generation of monuments that elevate stories of artists, educators, and grassroots coalitions.
Monument Lab’s team consists of artists, curators, researchers, educators, designers, writers, project managers, and students. This includes full-time and half-time employees, senior advisors, and board members. We also have over a dozen part time employees, long-term contractors, short-term contractors, research associates, interns, and innumerable collaborators. Many of us are recovering from strange and toxic experiences in non-profit and academic contexts. We are learning how to reshape a working culture together that will sustain us and future team members.
While we try to move efficiently towards our organizational goals, our vision, we know our individual shortcomings will cause detours along the way.
Our physical headquarters is located in Philadelphia, where many of us live, but our work knows no geographic boundaries. We currently have staff and core collaborators based in at least five time zones.
Patricia Eunji Kim, Ph.D. (she/her) is Assistant Professor at New York University and Senior Editor and Curator-at-Large at Monument Lab. Dr. Kim’s research, teaching, and curatorial projects use art historical methods to explore questions of gender, race, power, and memory in antiquity and in the present. Her current monograph project is the first book-length study on the visual and material culture of Hellenistic queenship from the fourth to second centuries B.C.E.—a corpus of materials central to a show that she is guest-curating at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Dr. Kim is also co-editor of Timescales: Thinking Across Ecological Temporalities (2020), The National Monument Audit (2021), and Shaping the Past (forthcoming).
(Image credit: Naomieh Jovin)
SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTER
Dr. Marilyn Stewart
Dr. Marilyn Stewart is a highly respected and influential figure in Art Education. Throughout her tenure as Professor of Art Education and Co-coordinator of Graduate Programs in Art Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, she has imparted her extensive knowledge and expertise by teaching a diverse array of courses, including art education theory and practice, as well as specialized subjects like “Visual Culture: Critical Practice,” “Women in the Arts,” and “Art Criticism.” Prior to her retirement in May of 2017, Dr. Stewart was recognized for exceptional teaching abilities and honored with the Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016. Furthermore, her unwavering dedication to AENJ (Art Educators of New Jersey) has earned her a lifetime membership since 2006 and a special AENJ Executive Board Award in recognition of her consistent role as a mentor and colleague.
Dr. Stewart’s significant contributions extend beyond the classroom, as evidenced by her accomplishments in educational publishing. She recently completed the highly acclaimed Middle School textbook program Experience Art and has authored the renowned Explorations in Art series for grades 1-6. Prior to these works, she collaborated with Eldon Katter on the first edition of the elementary series and two editions of the Middle School series, Art and the Human Experience. Dr. Stewart’s expertise in curriculum development and educational theory is further demonstrated through her co-authorship of Rethinking Curriculum in Art, her authorship of Thinking Through Aesthetics, and her role as Editor of the Art Education in Practice series, all of which have been published by Davis Publications.
Dr. Stewart’s reputation as a captivating speaker has made her a sought-after national and international keynote presenter. Her extensive experience in the field of Art Education has led her to initiate and provide consultation for numerous national and local curriculum projects. Notably, she served as the Director of The Dinner Party Curriculum Project for eleven years. She coordinated the Educator Guides Project for the PBS series Craft in America, which has successfully completed its fifteenth year. Additionally, Dr. Stewart played a vital role as a member of the 12-person Writing Team for the National Visual Arts Standards and the Model Cornerstone Assessments, contributing to the development of standardized guidelines for Art Education.
Dr. Stewart’s commitment to professional development is unwavering, as she has conducted over 200 extended institutes, seminars, and in-service days in more than 35 states, further cementing her influence and impact on Art Education. In recognition of her exceptional contributions, Dr. Stewart has been honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association. Her remarkable achievements have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious title of 2011 National Art Educator of the Year, bestowed upon her by the National Art Education Association, solidifying her status as a true leader in the field.
Fall Conference Schedule
Monday, October 30, 2023
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Hotel Check-In
8:00 AM – 9:00 PM Workshops, General Session, Keynote Speaker Presentation and Hands-On Workshop, Guest Speaker Presentations, Workshops and Sessions offered in the following areas: Best Practice Lectures (50 Minutes)*, Hands-On Workshops (90 Minutes)*, Student Roundtables*, and Information Sessions (50 Minutes)*.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
7:00 AM – 5 PM Keynote Speaker Presentation and Hands-On Workshop, Guest Speaker Presentations, Workshops, and Sessions offered in the following areas: Best Practice Lectures (50 Minutes)*, Hands-On Workshops (90 Minutes)*, Student Roundtables*, and Information Sessions (50 Minutes)*.
For both Best Practices and Hands-On Workshops, click “Register Here” above, then click the “Daily Conference Agenda” at the top of this page.
* Best Practice Lectures are free to all attendees. They are a great opportunity to present content area information, tips and tricks, new lessons/activities, and highlights of helpful information for other educators and artists inside the classroom. Held in a traditional lecture style, the presenter leads the talk as attendees take in the shared information. Time for questions and answers typically occurs at the end. Bring your own device and projector to show images and videos on our large screens.
*Hands-On Workshops are available to conference attendees at an extra cost. These interactive sessions provide time for direct instruction from the presenter and ample time for attendees to engage in the art-making process, so they can take a sample of what has been taught to their classroom.
*Student Roundtables are free presentations by pre-service/college students sharing lessons and activities in a small group setting. These quick sessions allow for activities, dialogue, and Q&A among presenters and attendees.
*Informational Sessions are free presentations providing a broad range of focused information on a specific topic ranging from career readiness to cutting-edge programs or technology. This is a traditional lecture-style session that doesn’t quite fit the description of the Best Practice Lecture but still offers our attendees useful information.
Handouts for Best Practice Lectures, Hands-On Workshops, Pre-Service Student Roundtables, and Informational Sessions will be available during each individual presentation at the 2023 Fall Conference.
Reserve a room in the heart of downtown and let Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, our Conference Headquarters from Sunday evening, October 29th – Tuesday, October 31st. The Hyatt Regency will provide a unique experience while you explore area must-see spots in and around the city. This New Brunswick, New Jersey hotel is just steps away from nearby shopping, historic theaters, and regional landmarks and minutes from Rutgers University.