2022 National Art Education Association Convention, New York City, New York

On Thursday, March 3rd, I presented on designing a post-pandemic artist-in-residency program at Sheboygan North High School. Similar to multiple programs across the U.S., this eight year program was impacted by the pandemic. What started as an in-person artist-in-residency program (2013) abruptly was faced with operational challenges into unknown territory (2020). These challenges forced the program to pivot and explore other options to offer our staff and students the continued opportunity to engage with local artists on a semester basis. This school year we offered artists the option to either participate in-person or virtually (2021-2022). We are still experimenting and will have a more realistic outlook and plan for the next school year.

About the Sheboygan North High Artist-in-Residency Program

The Sheboygan North High School Artist in Residence (NHS AiR) Program started in the fall of  2014. Artists have collaborated with North High staff and students through various ways by  implementing their love for art into other content areas. Art involves a variety of skills ranging from critical thinking to production, communication to responding, problem-solving to developing an artistic voice. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to offer a) in-person or b) virtual artist-in-residencies ranging from 9 weeks to 18 weeks. Interested in learning about our artist-in-residency scroll down.

The goals of the NHS Artist-in-Residence Program are:

  • to expand the experience of student in the field of the arts,
  • to foster creativity,
  • to enrich education through art education,
  • to present staff with new ideas and art-driven strategies.

This program is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.



Exploring NYC Photos

Click here to view a collection of photos taken during my visit to NYC (March 1 – 5, 2022.

© 2022 Frank Juarez.

National Art Education Association Convention Photos

Click here to view a collection of photos taken. during the convention (March 2 – 5, 2022).

© 2022 Frank Juarez.

Shepard Fairey Art Auction

Proceeds benefit the National Art Education Foundation’s Grant Program

Closed March 12, 2022

Click here to learn about the National Art Education Foundation.

NAEF Featured Speaker: Natasha Schlesinger, artmuseNY

Founder & Chief Curator, Artmuse and Artmuse Selects

NAEF Fundraising Benefit Event

Photo by Frank Juarez

Natasha Schlesinger is an award-winning art historian, art advisor and curator who has worked in the art field for over 25 years. Schlesinger began her career working at art galleries in New York and London. She continued as a specialist in European Furniture and Decorative arts at Christie’s auction house in New York. She has lectured both at Christie’s and Sotheby’s and taught at the graduate program for the Study of Decorative Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and New School.

In 2003 Schlesinger founded Artmuse to provide art guidance, curation and advisory services to private and corporate clients as well as collaborations with brands. She has served as the Art Curator of The Surrey Hotel where she conceived and curated successful exhibitions connecting The Surrey’s own permanent art collection to the most relevant themes in contemporary art today. Since 2018 Schlesinger has curated numerous group exhibitions and charity auctions at various galleries, the Baryshnikov Arts Center and Core Club. In 2020 she co-founded a curatorial platform Space2Curate and in 2021 she has launched a new NFT marketplace called Artmuse Collector that bridges the gap between traditional artists and collectors and the digital NFT world. 

Schlesinger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Decorative Arts and Design from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Culture and Design. In 2005, Schlesinger received the Future Leaders of the Art World award from ArtTable, a national nonprofit membership organization for professional women in leadership positions in the visual arts.


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