New Hampshire Institute of Art Faculty Member Named Art Educator of the Year
Manchester, NH (October 19, 2017) — The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today that faculty member Mike Ariel has been named the New Hampshire Art Educator of the Year by the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association (NHAEA). Mr. Ariel has been teaching at NHIA in the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Community Education departments for 23 years and in the Salem, NH school system for the past 20 years at Salem High School where he teaches photography, design, and commercial art.
An accomplished speaker, Mr. Ariel has presented at numerous conferences including the National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual convention, the NHAEA Fall Conference, NHIA Lecture Series, and conferences in Montreal, Colorado, and California. He has also exhibited his own artwork, which centers on photography and digital imaging, at many of these same venues.
It is no exaggeration to say that Mike Ariel is charismatic —drawing people to him with his energy, enthusiasm and expertise. Colleagues who have taken his workshops praise his technical skills, but also his down-to-earth approachability. He believes that everyone can learn to become an artist. As Mr. Michael Delahanty, Superintendent of the Salem School District, expressed: “Mr. Ariel accepts all students unconditionally and non-judgmentally, and he only expects each to grow and learn.”
Lisa Rancourt, President of the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association says, “Mike is a joyful, enthusiastic ‘doer’ who recognizes that being an art educator is the best job on earth. Mike possesses a love of learning and is hardworking, enthusiastic, and broadminded. This passion plays out annually at the National Art Education Association conference where he regularly presents workshops. I am so pleased that the New Hampshire Art Educators' Association is honoring Mike as our the Art Educator of the Year – it is well deserved!"
Mr. Ariel sums up his philosophy of education this way: “The arts are our legacy… and our future. It is our job as art educators to be the keepers of the flame.”
Mr. Ariel received his award this October 14 at the 2017 NHAEA Fall Conference held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Manchester college campus. He will also be honored at the 2018 NAEA national conference in Seattle, and at the 2018 EDies Awards.
About the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association
The New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association (NHAEA) is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1991 for the purpose of advancing the cause of art education. For more information visit www.socialmediainone.com/about-the-nhaea