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Area art administrators, teachers to be honored by state organization

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at 8:27 a.m.

Four local art educators and one administrator are being honored with awards from the Kansas Art Education Association, the association said in a news release.

The five will be honored at the group’s annual fall conference Oct. 27 in Wichita. The association is a statewide group made up of teachers dedicated to advancing art education.

Those honored include:

• Outstanding Art Administrator – Shawn Chastain, executive coordinator of fine arts for Wichita Public Schools. Chastain oversees 250 teachers in 85 schools and has played a key role in developing the Education Edge Fine Arts Gift Fund, a nonprofit foundation that has raised nearly $2 million to help support art in the classroom.

• Outstanding Higher Education Art Instructor – Ann Krone, art instructor at Friends University. She has taught at Fort Hays State University, Cloud County Community College as well as at Friends and has served as the art curriculum coordinator for Wichita Public Schools.

• Outstanding Museum Art Educator – Aimee Geist, curator of Education at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. She’s responsible for developing and managing museum education programs, developing public programs and producing educational materials. Geist is also is in charge of docents and volunteers.

• Outstanding Secondary Art Educator – Georgia Gregory, drawing and painting instructor at Derby High School and sponsor of the school’s National Art Honor Society. She has taught art to students from kindergarten through college.

• Outstanding Retired Art Educator – Kris Bohanan was a teacher at Haven Elementary School for more than three decades. She retired in 2007. She serves on the Kansas Art Education Association board as historian, co-chair and secretary.

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