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Monday, July 8, 2024

Tips & Tricks from your International Arts & Humanities Jury

Twice a year, Gallery submission dates: August 15th - September 15th & January 15th – February 15th, the Arts and Humanities Jury members get a first look at the most beautiful and brilliant poetry, essays, pottery, quilts and scarves, mosaics, paintings, songs and photography. The amount of talent among members is beyond belief. If you have not had a chance to check out the current gallery on, get over there NOW, to discover the talent for yourself! We encourage you to submit your art to the August submission coming soon! To do this, here are a few tips and tricks for successful submissions.

Tips to consider:

    Rubrics: Access the rubrics found on the website to see the varieties of arts available and utilize the rubrics to help you with the submission process. There are parameters for file sizes, so your art is just the right size. These rubrics are used by the four dedicated Art Jurors.

    File Sizes: Ask a buddy member if you need support with file sizes, reach out to the Art Jury members, or even better, find the closest teenager with a phone, and your work will be sized correctly and uploaded immediately. Ensure that your message beautifully describes your piece.

   Staging: When you are staging your art, do a double check that the photo(s) taken have little background distraction. This is kind of like when you take a family photo and others behind make silly faces of gestures. The Jury wants to see just your beautiful creations. For pottery and other 3D art, consider the light sources around the piece and ask yourself “Is the room light enhancing my work?”

    Item Description and text count: As you enter your content to the jury each August and January, you will be able to describe your item. Share your artistry story in vivid detail that brings your piece to life. Like some literacy educators may say, what is the “Ten word story” of your piece?

     Check to see if your work and description are religion free and political free.

    Quilt Borders: If you are a fabric artist or quilter, our one tip is to take your photo of the quilt without a border behind it. If you have newer phones, use your edit tools to make sure just the quilt is the focus. It is so inspiring to see the details of your fabric designs.

Photography Tricks:

  1. Have you heard of “Rule of Thirds”? This trick really helps you as a photographer to directly highlight your object. 
  2. When snapping photos, consider taking your photo in landscape vs portrait mode to truly capture the focal point. (Landscape is horizontal while portrait is vertical).
  3. Here is a diagram I created which shows where you can focus your camera using the rule of 3rds. If you are capturing photos of animals, people, landmarks, trees, sunsets, mountains, find your focal point and focus it on one of the 4 points.
  4. Here is a YouTube video which provides examples of Rule of 3rds, as well as some other great photography tricks and tips. This video features a photographer who works with National Geographic.

Thank you for your great submissions and keep them coming!

Friday, July 5, 2024

Apply to be a DKG International Speaker!

Would you like to travel to other countries? Do you like to share ideas, research, or experiences with other educators? The DKGIEF International Speakers Fund (ISF) provides speakers for state organization conventions, conferences, or meetings. Take advantage of this leadership opportunity by applying to be a DKG International Speaker.

The time to apply is here! The ISF Speaker application is available from July 1 to September 15 under MyDKG on the Society website. (You must be logged in.) Then select Apply/Submit, click on the ISF Speaker application link, and you will be directed to the ISF Google Form.

Here are some important tips to remember when completing the ISF application:

·     Inform your chapter and state organization presidents of your plan to apply to be an ISF speaker.

·     Ask your state organization president to write a recommendation for your application.

·     Include the name of a professional reference who has heard you speak.

·     Indicate if you will present in person, virtually, or both.

·     Include dates you are unavailable to present.

·     Submit your application online via the ISF Google Form on or before the September 15 deadline.

o   Note: The application will ask you to submit a brief recording of you doing a presentation.

o   Hint: You can use programs such as Zoom or Screencastify to create your recording.

The DKGIEF International Speakers Fund, one of nine funds administered by the Foundation, is supported by member donations. Your contributions to the International Speakers Fund cover the speakers' international transportation expenses to face-to-face state organization events. Contributions can be made to the ISF Fund on the International Speakers Fund page, or go to the DKGIEF Donate page for various donation options.

Making connections with educators worldwide is one of the benefits of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Take the plunge and apply to be a DKG International Speaker where you will experience cultural diversity and serve as a Society ambassador.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

DKG International Convention: A Woman of Importance: An Instrument of Peace

 Join Us for the Combined Session of the DKG Forums:

 Canadian, European, Latin American, and United States

Potomac Ballroom

 Friday, July 12, 2024

 3:00-4:00 P.M.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan

DKG International Honorary Member

There are still women and men among us who bear witness to the unspeakable, terrible events of the years when the Nazi regime ruled Germany. While speaking of her family’s odyssey during the years of 1939 to 1948, Marion is a true instrument of peace as she continually advocates for tolerance and respect when she addresses her audience of students and adults all over the United States and Europe.

We are honored to present a virtual visit with Marion and her holocaust story. It is a message of perseverance, determination, faith, and hope.

Find more convention info here

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Wanted: Your Leadership Ideas & Resources!

Do you have an opinion to share about women’s leadership in education or in society? The Leadership Discovery Centre wants your thoughts in its Viewpoints: Around the World section. We especially are encouraging DKG members who can submit in English and another language.

Do you have ideas about how you are sustaining leadership in your state or province? Share your ideas in our Viewpoints: Around the World section. If you include your email address, other members may share their ideas as well!

Have you recently read an inspiring, informative book on leadership? Submit an annotated bibliography entry in the Centre’s format*, and we will consider including it in the Centre under our Outside Resources.

Make the Leadership Discovery Centre your “go-to” spot to get new ideas and to share your ideas!

Monday, June 24, 2024

DKG Art Gallery Spotlight

Margaret Chambers - District of Columbia State Organization - Beta Chapter

Master educator, artist and motivator, Margaret Chambers, allows us a glimpse into her journey combining her passion for education with her creative vision. “Keep Art in Your Heart” is the saying for the DCSO artists!

Tell us about yourself as an educator and an artist.

As a high school English teacher in Ohio, I introduced an interdisciplinary lesson to captivate student interest. My paintings and sculptures were writing inspirations. Fast forward as an itinerant elementary art educator in Washington D.C. I redesigned my art curriculum. My in-depth knowledge and research gleaned from my Masters in Education degree propelled me to devise an interdisciplinary art curriculum guide, entitled: “Art Education: A Vehicle for Learning.”  The Art Around the Corner program with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) was an interdisciplinary community partnership in D.C. It’s one of the most enriching experiences in my career. Students and I traveled to London and Paris incorporating interdisciplinary learning at the Louvre and Buckingham Palace. Their attire read SWART an acronym: Special, Working Artists Readiness Team. SWART was highlighted in the New York Times, Washington Post and on several local television stations. My rewarding career includes presentations in States for D.C. Schools and NGA. My most notable awards include D.C. Superintendents monetary Outstanding Teacher Award, Scottish Rite Education Award, National Art Educators Award, NGA award, Kennedy Center ART WALL recognition (written by former students) and Whos’ Who Teachers Honor. My art includes acrylic and oil painting in abstract and realistic style. Using heated organic shaped plexiglass, I create sculptures and tables. My Artventure Biophilic Design brings nature into interiors promoting an aura of peaceful existence. It comprises time in a natural environment affecting our productivity, lowers stress, enhances learning, etc.  

Tell us what inspired you and how you developed the art you entered in the gallery.

Current events, nature, life experiences, international travel, are the catalysts that have inspired my art and so much more. My artistic development of these experiences were expressed via painting, essays, poetry, photography, and crafts.  

Tell us about your most recent photographs: Cascading Aquascape Garden & Tranquil Newport Harbor:

Cascading Aquascape Garden: Outside my friend’s abode was her oasis. We listened to the soothing sounds of trickling water as we enjoyed the enchanting sights of nature and paradise!

Tranquil Newport Harbor: In Newport, Rhode Island I was captivated by the picturesque view illuminating Newport Harbor. The quaint and vivid vessels in the harbor capture the peaceful moment of tranquility!  

What is the best artist advice you have been given?

Visiting David Driskel at his Maine studio, his advice was to “evolve in my own original perspective of creativity. Gain critical knowledge of art and continue to evolve.”  

What does the value of Creative Arts in Education mean to you?

Activities that engage students in organic movement such as dance, allow them to feel free in a natural way. This demonstrates a specific creative art component that spans cognitive, language social, emotional, and physical parameters. This benefits the development of children and adults, imagination through the arts.  Music movement, song, drama, and storytelling activities encourage students to learn and support critical thinking skills independently for themselves. Using art in a pleasurable manner results in supporting children’s development without pressure! An important value for children with disabilities is it has creative engagement to improve motor skills.  Open-ended opportunities such as coloring, painting and clay help children enhance their vocabulary and more. In conclusion Creative Arts benefits students’ social and emotional capability, dual language communication and cognitive developmental skills which in turn, affects the quality of children’s lives.

Tell us about your role as the arts liaison for DCSO.

 As Arts liaison I connected directly with the DKG International Arts chair, disseminating information for art entries via DCSO Chapter representatives.

What activities do the DCSO artists do to keep motivated?

The DCSO ladies engage in varied activities, such as recognition certificates, art exhibitions, news articles and spotlighting exceptional art entries.

Do you have any advice for other states who would like to start a committee?

Develop a master plan and organize this plan according to the needs, and interest of your chapter membership. Next develop a committee with the idea of shared responsibility for the members. Secure the support from the state president as well as the chapter presidents.

Just one more you have anything else you want to add?

Continue Humanities and Arts (universal language of communication) as a vehicle to expand Membership!!

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