Our inaugural educator profile is Alabama Art Educator of the Year, Lindsay Mouyal.
Lindsay Mouyal has a passion for both art and teaching and exhibits her own art work when the opportunity presents itself. Lindsay became involved with AAEA two years ago when she attended her first fall conference in Florence, AL. She served as the 2013 conference chairperson and also collaborated with artist Heather Spencer-Holmes to create the aquatic themed jellyfish art installation displayed in the Orange Beach Event Center during the conference. Lindsay was also awarded the 2013 AAEA Art Educator of the Year Award. She teaches visual art at two elementary schools in Jefferson County. She received her Bachelor’s degree in art studio and her Master’s Degree in art education from UAB in 2004 and 2007. In 2008, she travelled to India and brought back artifacts that were used when she collaborated with the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Suzy Harris to create an Indian culture case. This past summer she was awarded a Fund for Teachers fellowship and traveled to New Mexico to study Pueblo Art and Folk Art. She recently achieved National Board Certification. She also serves with Casey Williamson as a representative of the Birmingham Art Education Association and provides professional development opportunities to fellow art educators in the area through this role. This month the BAEA had their second annual silent auction fundraiser and raised almost $2,000. Lindsay has written and been awarded several grants to benefit her students. These include a grant to have the “Hooked on Art” program visit her school in 2012 to share character education on disabilities and art education with students through an art lesson with Mrs. Becky Guinn. In 2013, Ms. Mouyal received a grant to purchase sketchbooks for all of her students in grades 3-5 and has used them to incorporate arts integration assignments aligning Alabama reading, math, and science standards with art activities. Under the guidance of Jefferson County Visual Arts Supervisor Stacia Jacks and Birmingham Museum of Art’s Associate Curator of Education Suzy Harris and their partnership with the world renowned Kennedy Center, Lindsay has really put an emphasis on arts integration over the past couple of years. Lindsay also makes an effort to provide as many opportunities for her students to exhibit their artwork as possible. Each year she hosts a school art festival and fundraiser in the surrounding community that brings together both communities. Her student artwork has also been on exhibit during the BMA Chinese New Year Student Show, the BMA YAM student show, the Alabama State Department of Education and more. This year she had a student win the K-2 category of the Farm City Poster Design art contest as well as taking home the prize for the Sargent Art sponsored Alabama YAM flag design contest for the elementary category.
The Monthly Member Spotlight on our website is a great way to share stories of all the awesome work going on in art classrooms across the state of Alabama and to advocate the importance of visual arts education. If you would like to participate, please email high quality photos of yourself, your classroom, and student work samples as well as the name and location of your school and a short biography. Please include descriptions for the photos and a 1-2 paragraph summary of some of your recent accomplishments in your classroom and within the larger art education community. Please address content to: Lindsay Mouyal, firstname.lastname@example.org