Congratulations to UEHS art teacher Cindy Henry on receiving the 2019 Marion Quin Dix Leadership Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes outstanding contributions and service to the profession in the performance and/or development of specific programs.
She was nominated by Pat Groves and supported by fellow art educators and leaders within the New York State Art Teachers Association for her work to advance the field of art education in the state.
Henry’s 29-year career as an art educator spans all levels K-16 over 11 years in Ohio and 18 in New York. An exhibiting artist and active art education advocate, Henry is passionate about art education and the value of effective leadership in advancing the role of the arts in education. She presents workshops annually at the NYSATA Annual Conference and has served at the state level on conference planning, district membership, and financial review committees; as vice president (2008-09 and 2013-15), president (2009-11), website/communications coordinator (2009-present), co-chair of the Visual Arts Standards Review Committee (2014-16) and curriculum committee (2017-present). On a national level, she served on the NAEA Delegates Assembly (2009-11, and 2013), as well as serving as NAEA Secondary Division Eastern Region Director (2015-2017). She is a member of the 2015 inaugural class of NAEA’s School for Art Leaders, a six-month intensive program dedicated to fostering leadership in art education.
Most recently, Henry served as the visual arts writing chair for the newly revised New York state learning standards for the arts and continues to provide a variety of professional development opportunities related to understanding and using the new arts standards. She serves on the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Arts Content Advisory Panel and will begin work in the spring on a panel to develop an individual arts assessment pathway (IAAP) for high school students in New York.
NAEA President Kim Huyler Defibaugh states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Cindy Henry exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession."
The award will be presented at the NAEA National Convention in Boston, March 14-16.
NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art educators; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation’s fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.
For more information about the association and its awards program visit the NAEA website at www.arteducators.org