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Matthew Neylon

Matthew Neylon | July Mentor

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Each month, a different NAEA member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor blog. July’s Monthly Mentor is Matthew Neylon.

Matthew Neylon is the director of visual and performing arts at The Mount Vernon School in Atlanta, Georgia. Recently named one of the 10 most innovative schools in the United States, Mount Vernon is a preK–12 destination to design a better world where each student and staff member is encouraged to pursue their creative curiosities and artistic aptitude.

Neylon is a graduate of the 2017 NAEA School for Art Leaders and cofounder of CONNECT, an organization that connects art teachers from independent schools around Atlanta with resources and relationships to excel and thrive. He wants to build a world where every child has the opportunity to explore a balance of innovation and tradition in the visual arts to envision their connection to every industry and sector. Through his co:CREATE Conference and initiative Creative Movement, Neylon is encouraging educators and creatives to pursue wellness, storytelling, and social justice in new and bold ways as we seek to build a world that is mental/emotionally balanced and whole.

Neylon has presented to hundreds of educators and artists annually, on various topics including wellness through the arts, trauma-informed arts education, storytelling, leadership, STEAM/art integration, and curriculum design. His greatest joy, however, is providing opportunities for learners to grow in their artistic and performance skills and find the intersection where passion, talent, and identity meet.

Learn more from and about Matthew through the blog!