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Welcome to OATK12!

The Online Art Teachers (K-12)  Facebook Group was formed on March 11, 2020 as a service project BY art teachers FOR art teachers during the uncertain times of COVID19 pandemic teaching.  Our mission was to support art educators, as well as other educators, during an educational crisis. A dedicated team of state, national, and international art education leaders formed during emergency circumstances to guide and lead OATK12 and to ensure that art educators across the United States and world felt supported and connected during pandemic teaching. With 28,000+ members and well over two million interactions, this world-wide collaboration of art educators from more than 120 countries provided, and continues to provide, a much needed resource for teachers.  While OATK12 began as a private Facebook group, we also offered private Zoom mentoring sessions for educators during the early pandemic, team leaders often spoke to many school district groups and home school networks and other organizations, and we have thus far hosted four virtual conferences, two online exhibitions, and other events.  OATK12 also hosts this website, provides many varied resources,  and continues to maintain a Google Folder of resources shared freely by group members during the pandemic.  OATK12 is a true service project with no monetary transactions of any kind. We are art teachers working collaboratively with other art teachers for the good of art education, during the COVID-19 pandemic and other 2020-2022 world issues, and beyond.  As 2023 unfolds we now find ourselves focusing on teacher retention and recruitment, as well as the mental health and wellness of teachers and students. 

With the pandemic crisis in education lessening, the Facebook Group was permanently archived on July 12, 2022.  OATK12 will continues here on the website.  Check back often for news and information. The private Facebook Group and the group's Google Drive can still be accessed and used, yet no new posts, comments, or resources can be uploaded or shared.  Links to all of these resources can be found throughout this website.  We will regularly work to keep this website updated. 

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Artwork created by Holly Bess Kincaid and Jess Beach during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Dr. Trina Harlow and Bob Reeker were the recipients of the 

National Art Education Association 

Art Education Technology Group's 

2021 Community Service Award!


•Dr. Trina Harlow was the recipient of the National Art Education Association's 

2021 Gilbert A. Clark and Enid Zimmerman Leadership Advocacy Award 

• Dr. Harlow was the NAEA Western Region 2021 Higher Education Educator of the Year. 

•Dr. Sarah Ackermann was the NAEA Clark & Zimmerman Award recipient for 2022.

•Dr. Jane Montero was the 2022 NAEA Middle School Art Educator of the Year.
•Kate Miller received $10,000 Popsicle™ Grant

 •Dr. Harlow is a graduate of the 2022 School for Art Leaders.

•Daniel Bryant was the 2021 Teacher of the Year for his school district.

•Bob Reeker received the 2013 NAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year Award.

•Dr. Trina Harlow Is the 2022-23 Teacher of the Year for Van Alstyne ISD In Texas.

OATK12  reunion at the 2023  NAEA San Antonio Convention:  Bob Reeker, Jane Montero, Dr. Sarah Ackermann, Holly Bess Kincaid, and Dr. Trina Harlow enjoyed hosting an OATK12 San Antonio river boat ride while at the convention , along with other OATK12 educators. 

2023 University of Texas Art Education Lecture:  Dr. Harlow was one of two featured lecturers at the annual 2023 University of Texas Art Education Lecture Series on  "Harnessing Social Media for Educational Significance: Using the OATK12 Model."