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Media Reviews

A big “thank-you” to all of you who have read, supported, and written for the “Media Reviews” column in NAEA News— and welcome to all who are joining us now in our online format.

Here you will find reviews by your colleagues of a variety of the latest books and videos of interest to art educators—resources for your personal or professional library and reference materials that support your classroom teaching and planning strategies for student learning and assessment; that offer instruction in practical art methods, skills, and techniques for various media; that showcase new digital technologies and their application to art education; that stimulate academic research and collaboration; that highlight new artists or look at art history in new ways; and that inform and connect you to new programs and initiatives in art education in multiple settings, including museums and community arts centers.

Note: With few exceptions, books reviewed here are not available for ordering through NAEA, but are often found on or the publisher’s website.

**Updated September 4, 2014**

Arts Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs
Elizabeth T. Russell
Madison, WI: Ruly Press, 2014

Author Elizabeth T. Russell delivers on her promise to provide a readable reference text with her book Arts Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs. A functional organizational structure of 52 Conversations (i.e., chapters), along with an affable tone, makes this book both engaging and informative. After laying down a clear framework of our legal system—Conversation #1 is First Things First: The U.S. Constitution—Ms. Russell encourages and empowers the reader to learn about important legal topics relevant to arts entrepreneurs.

Russell systematically demystifies conceptions and misconceptions about copyright, trademark, and contract law through workshop dialogues, real-world examples, and actual legal codes.  For example, copyright is really a bundle of six articulated rights.

Important legal terms appear in bold type and are either explained clearly in context and/or appear in the glossary. Most Conversations end with a You Try section. Here the reader is challenged to answer an open-ended question, check additional real-world examples, or read relevant actual state and federal legal codes. Copious online resources are provided to help independent investigators navigate these opportunities.

Make no mistake, this is definitely not a do-it-yourself guide—Arts Law Conversations is a firm and friendly crusade to inform artists about legal constructs that define significant specific rights and responsibilities. This book is filled with need-to-know information suited for artists of all types who want to protect, share, and profit from their creations.

Reviewed by Lauren Hazel, Middle Level Visual Art Educator, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Starting Your Career in Art Education
Emily Stern and Ruth Zealand
New York, NY: Allworth Press, 2013

As a current graduate student in art education and a career changer, I found Starting Your Career in Art Education, by Emily Stern and Ruth Zealand, to be a great resource for someone who is interested in pursuing a career as an art educator. The book covers, in detail, the multiple avenues that one can take in the field and provides great tips and knowledge in everything from which education level you should teach at to how to prepare for your first interview and how to build a strong resume.

The detailed breakdown of different career opportunities that can present themselves to an art educator is fantastic. I was enthralled by the in-depth career descriptions providing all aspects, highlights, and challenges that are available for museum educators and art educators at different education levels, as well as opportunities at nonprofits. 

This book is an invaluable resource and guide that can quickly help set goals and define the steps needed to have a long and successful career in the arts. It provides a great depth of knowledge for those desiring to move into a career in art education.

Reviewed by Jessica Burton, Graduate Student in Art Education at Columbia College Chicago.

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