With Joy and Gratitude


Dear North Carolina Educators,

Last Friday ArtNC won a Best of the Web Award at the 2013 Museums and Web conference. The NCMA’s education team has been bouncing around on cloud nine ever since. We just can’t stop smiling.

The award signals that our museum technology and education peers are impressed by ArtNC’s concept-based approach, its focus on professional skill building, and our innovative Concept Explorer tool that makes lesson planning art-based and fun. We are proud and excited that people have taken notice and are open to learning from us.

What brings us greater joy is knowing that this award will help us share the incomparable richness and creativity of the NC teaching community with the world at large. Your lesson plans, concept maps, connection ideas, and voices are the heart of ArtNC and the stimulus for this great award. We are proud to showcase the creative ways you use the NCMA collection and the visual arts, in general, as a catalyst for student learning across the disciplines. You inspire us and we dedicate this award to you.

We want to especially thank those of you who were instrumental in helping us re-conceive ArtNC over the last three years. We deeply appreciate the contributions you made as lesson plan writers, prototypers, advisors, test users, and ambassadors. This beautifully diverse list of names shows that North Carolina is truly committed to big picture learning that breaks down the artificial boundaries of geography, grade level and content area.

Barry Barber, Technology, Randolph Co.
Diane Beckman, French and World Literature, NC State University
Samantha Blake, 5th grade, Pitt Co.
Charlene Bowling, Art, Johnston Co.
Deborah Boxall, Chemistry, Wake Co.
Charlene Bryant, Language Arts, Wake Co.
Tonya Buff, Math, Gaston Co.
Paisley Cloyd, Art, Nash Co.
Jaimie Cope, Art, Randolph Co.
Carol Cross, Home School, Wake Co.
Emile Cumpston, Social Studies, Dare Co.
Corinne DiCorcia, Social Studies, Nash Co.
Jennifer French, Art, Wake Co.
Tara Girolimon, Art, Wake Co.
Angie Griffin, Science, UNC-Wilmington
Catherine Griffith, Humanities, Central Carolina Community College
Fusun Griffith, Science/ELA, Wake Co.
Susan Hanehan, Art, Wake Co.
Jo Ann Hart, Art, UNC-Pembroke
Susan Hartley, Dance, Wake Co.
Sharon Hill, Art, Virginia
Steven Hill, Latin/History, Pitt Co.
Susan Hirsch, Civics, Economics and Government, Wake Co.
Susie Holland, Media Specialist, Wake Co.
Wendy Jabs, Art, Wake Co.
Rebecca Jones, Social Studies, Wake Co.
Lisa Kelly-Rouse, Language Arts/Social Studies, Wake Co.
Steve Kibler, Science, Wake Co.
Cindy Kimball, Art, Wayne Co.
Julie Stephen Knapp, English and Media, Orange Co.
Jamie Lathan, History, NC School of Science and Math
Caren Long, 4th/5th Grade, Sampson Co.
Vicki Mahoney, 3rd Grade, Johnston Co.
Elizabeth McAllister, 5th Grade, Onslow Co.
Maureen McAnarney, 1st Grade, Wake Co.
Jacqueline McGee, Social Studies, Wake Co.
Anabela Mendes, French/Spanish, Durham Co.
Wendy Moryoussef, Science/Math, Lee Co.
Jessica Mullen, Math, Pitt Co.
Laura Myers, Art/Special Education, Johnston Co.
Carmen Nurinda, Spanish, Wake Co.
Beverly Phillips, World and US History, Johnston Co.
Candace Phillips, English, Wake Co.
Amanda Robertson, College of Design, NC State University
Jennifer Rogers, Math/Science, Onslow Co.
Sarah Russell, US History, Johnston Co.
Micki Saad, Art, Lee Co.
Joan Satterly, Social Studies/Speech, Wilson Co.
Theresa Saunders, Art, Davidson Co.
Nancy Scobel, Art, Beaufort Co.
Bethann Fravel Seibold, Social Studies, Randolph Co.
Janet Seiz, Art, NC A&T State University
Susan Silver, Art, Wake Co.
Dawn Streets, Social Studies, Chatham Co.
Doug Sturdivant, Language Arts, Wake Co.
Melissa Thibault, Distance Learning, NC School of Science and Math
Kristin Thomas, English, Wake Co.
Zoe Voight, Humanities, NC School of Science and Math
Carolyn Walker, English Language Arts, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools
Darlene Williams, Art, Nash Co.


Keep integrating and keep sharing your creative ideas with us and educators worldwide.


With joy and gratitude,
The Big Picture Team–Ashley, Camille, Kristin, Chad, & Sandy

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