Special Needs Art Educator of the Year award

Written by Fulbright on 04/13/2016. Posted in News

Lisa Kay (’11 MOME – Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design‬) has been awarded the Peter J. Geisser Special Needs Art Educator of the Year award in Chicago at the National Art Education Association convention.

In 2011, Kay received a Fulbright U.S. Scholars Award, traveling to Hungary to gather research on the impact of trauma on students’ art work. She credits her current success to learning from art educators in Hungary about psychological and emotional effects of trauma and students art work. Kay also developed a project with Hungarian art educators on “ugly and beautiful drawings” to compare how special needs children in Hungary and the United State view positive and negative things in life. She explains how impactful they’ve been in terms of educating those at Temple and in the Philadelphia community. “Currently, I’ve brought in all aspects of what I’ve done in Hungary. I’m developing a trauma reform art curriculum for art teachers and art therapists,” she says.