Just a brief update to keep you informed.
Introduction to PSIA
We are having a special virtual workshop for schools and campus coordinators who are new to PSIA. The Introduction to PSIA workshop will be Thursday, September 7th, from 4:00pm to 4:45pm. This is the absolutely basics of PSIA. We will explain who we are, what we do, and what you can expect from the organization. If you are a new campus coordinator and would like to learn more about us, feel free to join. Registration is free. You can register on the Events page on the website. This virtual workshop does not replace the Fall Workshop series, where we go into depth about rules changes, procedures, etc.
Registration for the Fall Workshops is underway. You can register for the Fall Workshops on the Events page on the website. As mentioned above, the Fall Workshops explore the changes to the program, including discussion of rule changes, procedures, etc. It also gives our schools an opportunity for discourse about the program, schools’ needs, and more. We also have time at the end for an initial discussion with your meet director (if available) to start planning for your meet. Fall Workshops run on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and include CPE credit, light breakfast, lunch, and door prizes.
The Art Smart Bulletin is available for free on the secured PSIA Members Plus website. Log in to Members Plus, click on Contests in the top bar, and then click on Art Memory. The Art Smart Bulletin was prepared by UIL and they just received it last week. It has been reported that there are numerous errors in the book itself. We will be posting an errata to the bulletin on this page as well. Additionally, UIL selected one piece that is controversial and did not meet the standards we have set forth in PSIA (Salvador Dalí’s The Sacrament of the Last Supper). In consultation with the PSIA Board of Directors, the piece has been excluded from the art list and will not appear on the written test nor the picture identification section of the contest. I have removed the mentionings of the piece from the PSIA version of the Bulletin. However, if you purchase resources from UIL or other third party vendors for Art Memory, this piece will still be in their offerings since UIL has decided to keep it. Just beware and let your Art Memory coach know.
We plan to open One-Act Play registration on Tuesday (9/5/23). We are implementing an online registration system that will allow Drama Directors to make changes to their registration without submitting an entire new registration form. This includes changes to cast and crew. Please make sure you have added your Drama Director as a user for your school to Members Plus so that they can register their play. We have five areas with an option to provide an overflow area if needed:
North Texas (Lubbock)
In order to register, you will need to select One-Act Play in the Participation section.
I look forward to seeing many of you over the next month or so at the Fall Workshop. Do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.