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Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues, Fellows, and Friends,

We are so glad you are joining us!  All sessions with specific start and end times are listed in the Virtual Sessions Gallery, and poster sessions that can be viewed at any time are listed in the Poster Sessions Gallery.  Please spend time exploring the Exhibit Hall and Sponsor Page, where you can directly link to each Exhibitor’s or Sponsor’s website or online store.




Infrastructure: [in-fruh-struhk-cher]

Noun. The basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
As art foundations educators, we are tasked with being active within our fields while also presenting students with opportunities to build crucial skills that will enable them to thrive in professional creative careers.

Teaching in higher education requires that we adhere to pre-existing systems within our individual institutions. In order for these systems or structures to be healthy for both faculty and students, they must be in service to a broad audience. The infrastructure we work within may be considered from a broad national level, or from the university or department level or even within the construction of our individual courses.

This conference provides a unique opportunity to reflect deeply on who we are as foundations educators, as well as our pedagogical framework. Thoughtfully considering the state of our infrastructure involves asking challenging questions, being able to listen to a variety of voices and potentially realigning as we strive to focus on the root of foundations pedagogy.


President's Address

On behalf of the 2020 - 2021 FATE Board and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Conference Planning Team, I would like to sincerely welcome you to our online virtual platform. This is FATE’s 18th Biennial Conference, Infrastructure. While we are not technically in Charlotte it has been a pleasure to work with Jessica Burke and her Charlotte team, Bobby Campbell, Kristin Rothrock, Jenn Selby to host this virtual conference. 

In our 43rd year as a national organization, FATE continues to remain relevant among the changes and challenges experienced by both faculty and students. As you experience the incredibly diverse conference programming, in a new format, we would like you to know how thankful we are for your participation. For years, FATE has been known as a conference community that builds connections through our conference attendance. While a shift to a virtual platform changes the way we engage with one another, we have developed virtual networking and other social experiences in hopes of replicating the synergy we are known for.

Thank you for supporting the FATE community throughout this time of uncertainty and transformation for not only our conference, but for our collective classroom experience. FATE supported many of our members, and non-members, in making the swift and stressful transition to online teaching in March. Our social media platforms became a hub of conversation and support, where people sourced ideas and sought comradery.

I am proud to be part of an organization that welcomes diversity and works to create an inclusive professional network of engaged educators. I am humbled to witness the support given to FATE by its members. FATE would not be the organization it is today without the art historians and studio arts educators who make up our incredible community.

Sincerely - Casey McGuire

Interim President FATE


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