National Art Education Association Women's Caucus

Lobby Activism

Karen Keifer-Boyd

Lobby Activism Coordinator, Karen Keifer-Boyd


Beyond the WC sessions, meetings, and events that reside within the formal protocol of the NAEA, the Lobby Activism event serves as an informal forum for personal as political discussion and/action.

Significant aspects of the Lobby Activism event include self-introductions to someone you have never spoken to before, creative prompts for small group discussion about current issues, and human mic amplification as public performance in the hotel lobby. The “speak-out” affirmation of our beliefs and actions is recorded, transcribed, and posted with photographs on this site. Karen Keifer-Boyd has facilitated the Lobby Activism event since she and Read Diket introduced the first Lobby Activism at NAEA in New Orleans in 2008.


Please click on the toggle items below for media and transcripts of Lobby Activism events.

A summary of past events conveys the NAEA WC’s resolve to identify current injustice and collectively work to eradicate discrimination. Each year our attendance at these Lobby Activism events has increased, with more than 75 participants in attendance at recent Lobby Activism events.

Photos, Videos, Transcripts, Flyers, Questions/Prompts for Lobby Activism Events:

View or download the 2017 Lobby Activism flyer as a pdf

View this file for an overview and resources for the 2014 Lobby Activism

One such resource is this NPR segment by Carrie Kahn.

View the 2011 Lobby Activism session transcript pdf

View the 2009 Lobby Activism session transcript pdf

Women’s Caucus Interviews for the Enacting Change Member Survey

“Interviews with members of the NAEA Women’s Caucus demonstrate the variety of contributions to art education fostered through leadership, research, and pedagogy. Stage one of a new WC project initiated by Joanna Rees assembles a wide view of perspectives and relates perspectives to members’ personal goals (click on the names below for individual responses to the surveys). Those personal goals (aggregated as experiences, aspirations, cultural considerations, and shared and individual notions of identity as art educators) can inform ways to treat all art educators in fair and equitable ways. Current, previous, and future members are invited to continue from the interviews into a dialogue on enacting change. We are working toward developing an action plan to form a collective identity for socio-political mobilization of WC activism that began at NAEA WC Lobby Sessions in New Orleans in 2008, and Minneapolis in 2009.”

The interview questions were:

  1. What is your educational background and where did you complete your Ph.D.? If you have not completed your Ph.D. please provide information on your highest level of education.
  2. What are your current research interests and contributions to art education?
  3. Could you describe your leadership style?
  4. Could you describe your teaching pedagogy?
  5. What are your contributions to Women’s Caucus and women’s issues in art education?
  6. Could you describe your current identity as a woman and art educator?
  7. How has this identity changed and grown over time?
  8. Have you ever felt held back or discriminated against because of your gender?
  9. Have you seen other professionals in the field discriminated against in educational workplaces?
  10. What changes would you like to enact in art education?
Alison Aune
Cynthia Colbert
Sylvia Corwin
Melanie Davenport
Read Diket
Nicole Gnezda
Anniina Suominen
Linda Hoeptner Poling
Karen Keifer-Boyd
Wanda B. Knight
Laurel Lampela
Lilly Lu
Cindy Maguire
Marjorie Manifold
Renee Sandell
Debbie Smith-Shank
Amy Brook Snider
Courtney Lee Weida
Enid Zimmerman
kkb 2009
Karen Keifer-Boyd
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