Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Art FIU Director of Education Miriam Machado Appointed in 2023 as Art Education Educator at the National Museum

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The National Association for Art Education has appointed Miriam Machado, Mn Patricia and the FIU Philip Frost Museum of Art, as the recipient of the 2023 National Museum Education Art Educator Award. This prestigious award, determined through peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievement of an annually distinguished NAEA member at a national level within their department. The award will be presented during the 2023 NAEA National Convention in San Antonio.

Machado joined the Frost Museum of Art when it first opened in 2008 as Lecturer and Volunteer Program Director, where she established programs that continue today. In her current role as Director of Education, Machado embodies the Frost Art Museum’s mission to transform lives through art by committing itself to creating the most engaging and impactful educational programs possible. Of note, Machado created the Steamworks program for the Frost Museum, creating opportunities for students to investigate design, architecture, and the 21st century skills needed for success while learning about public art and sculpture. She also created a multi-visit program with a nearby Title 1 school, which has inspired students to create their own museum and realize they can choose many career paths.

“Miriam’s work is a cornerstone of everything we do. For 15 years, she has led our education department with unwavering dedication,” said Jordana Pomeroy, FIU Director of the Patricia & Philip Frost Museum of Art. “We are extremely proud of her well-deserved recognition by NAEA. We see her passion for art education every day and are thrilled that she is setting the pace for her peers across the country.”

James Haywood Rowling, President of NAEA, stated, “This award is given to recognize excellence in professional achievement and service by a dedicated arts educator. Miriam Machado is a model of the highly qualified arts educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who do their best for their students and for the profession.”

Founded in 1947, the National Association for Art Education is the premier professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include visual arts teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools; Professors of colleges and universities. college students preparing to become art teachers; Researchers and scientists. Education of managing artists and supervisors. and art museum educators—plus the more than 54,000 student members of the National Arts Society Emeritus. We represent members in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, US possessions, most Canadian provinces, US military bases around the world, and many foreign countries.

The mission of the National Association for Art Education (NAEA) is to support creative growth and innovation by equitably developing tools and resources for high-quality visual arts, design, and media education across diverse demographics and communities of practice.

For more information about the association and its awards program, visit the NAEA website

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