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Your NAEA National Convention registration gives you access to hundreds of concurrent sessions presented by art education professionals from all over the world! Additionally, you can choose to enhance your experience by purchasing tickets for special workshops, events, and tours.

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Wednesday, March 1 | Thursday, March 2 | Friday, March 3 | Saturday, March 4

View Daily Concurrent Sessions (included with your Convention registration fee):
Thursday, March 2 - PDF | Word | Friday, March 3 - PDF | Word
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View Ticketed Sessions (optional) - Any tickets that did not sell out during pre-registration
will be available for purchase onsite.

Daily Highlights - Wednesday, March 1
Get the most out of your Convention experience by starting a day early! Choose from a variety of workshops here
Daily Highlights - Thursday, March 2
Choose from these sessions and many more on Thursday.

General Session | 8:30 – 9:50 am | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Jeff Koons is an iconic artist who plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures), shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons.


Artist Series | 11:00 – 11:50 am | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance, video, sound, and 2D and 3D realms. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self-image and forward projection.

Featured Session | 12:00 – 12:50 pm | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Laura H. Chapman is known for her work as an advocate, educator, and researcher. She is the author of Approaches to Art in Education and Instant Art, Instant Culture: The Unspoken Policy for American Schools. Selected publications have been translated into Modern Greek, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian, and Indonesian. Her recent research examines how think tanks, major foundations, and networks of these influence federal and state policies for public education.
Diane Ravitch is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. She now Hosts a very popular blog:

Support your fellow artists! Don’t miss this annual opportunity to view and purchase artwork and handcrafted items created by fellow NAEA art educators and artists!
Are you interested in selling your artwork? Reserve your table while they’re still available.

Kick off the Convention with a celebration of art education! Meet art educators from around the world! Get creative with hands-on activities. Enjoy a drink and an hors d’oeuvre!
Daily Highlights - Friday, March 3
Choose from these sessions and many more on Friday.
Featured Session | 12:00 – 1:20 pm | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Black Brushes with NAEA: Painting a Picture Designed for Organizational Change and Sustainability
Wanda B. Knight—Associate Professor of Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University—will lead this powerful session highlighting an historically significant moment within NAEA, in which Black art educators formally protested against the Association’s perceived practices of exclusion. Building upon the leadership of the Committee on Multiethnic Concerns (COMC) regarding diversity and inclusion, we will be offered a vision for how NAEA can transform to be more inclusive of all members.
Featured Session | 11:00 – 11:50 am | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
How to Read Chinese Painting
The Chinese way of appreciating a painting is often expressed by the words du hua, “to read a painting.” Join Maxwell K. Hearn, the Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to delve into how to illuminate the main goal of every Chinese artist—to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but also its inner essence.
General Session | 3:00 – 4:20 pm | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Responding to Change
We live in a rapidly changing world. Join NAEA President Pat Franklin as she looks at historic moments in our NAEA 70 year history, and shares her thoughts on the challenges to visual arts education leadership in our changing world. Celebrate the 2017 NAEA National Award honorees. Sing along with special musical guest Peter Yarrow.
Featured Session | 9:00 – 9:50 am | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Blaise Agüera y Arcas works on machine learning at Google. Previously a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, he has worked on augmented reality, mapping, wearable computing, and natural user interfaces. He appears regularly at TED and his presentations have been rated as some of TED’s “most jaw-dropping.”
Get your hands on the latest materials and learn from the pros! This workshop series is FREE, but limited to 75 participants.
See details and reserve tickets online now.
Don’t miss this interactive maker space where you can discover and test STEAM-based lessons created by art educators.

Come together for a powerful evening of creativity and connection. Engage in social practice artmaking, collaborate with artists and educators, and hear live music performed by Peter Yarrow. 

Daily Highlights - Saturday, March 4
Choose from these sessions and many more on Saturday.
General Session | 8:30 – 9:50 am | Grand Ballroom/Hilton

Professor David C. Driskell is one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of African American art and is highly regarded as both an artist and a scholar. In 2000, Professor Driskell was honored by President Bill Clinton as one of 12 recipients of the National Humanities Medal.
2:00 - 4:00 pm | New York Ballroom East/Sheraton
Areas for Action
Experimental artist Oliver Herring returns to NAEA! Areas for Action (AFA) is an open-ended participatory performance, improvisatory sculpture, and real-time collaborative artwork. Join this hands-on art experience and discussion about connections to teaching practice.
Artist Series | 2:00 – 2:50 pm
| Hilton/Grand Ballroom/3rd Floor
Ursula von Rydingsvard is an artist who works on a monumental scale. Built slowly and incrementally from thousands of small cedar blocks, each work reveals the mark of the artist’s hand, her respect for physical labor, and her deep trust of intuitive process. Her sculpture is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Featured Session | 3:00 – 3:50 pm | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Matthew Israel is an art historian, writer, and educator based in New York City. Currently he is Curator at Large at Artsy, where he also serves as Director of Artsy OnSite (#ArtsyOnSite), Advisor to Artsy Learning, and as Director Emeritus and Advisor of the Art Genome Project.


Featured Session | 1:00 – 1:50 pm | Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Panelists: Madeleine Boucher, Artsy; Tina Kukielski, Art21; Deborah Howes, Johns Hopkins University
How do we boldly embrace the future of visual arts education? Join an interactive discussion with this panel of outstanding thought leaders in visual arts education to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the present and future of our professional field from the classroom, to the museum, and beyond.


NAEA’s exhibitors support visual arts education and value your loyalty. To show their thanks, participating exhibitors donate amazing prizes ranging from crayons to kilns! All you have to do is enter the drawing using the ticket in your Convention program and show up at the giveaway. Details coming soon!


Global Connections

Last year, more than 29 countries were represented at the NAEA National Convention! There is even a series of "Global Connections" sessions exploring art and education beyond the U.S. and how we can and do connect through art on a worldwide scale. Below are some selected series highlights. Check out the full list of Global Connections sessions.

Introducing the International Encyclopedia of Art and Design Education
Explore the first encyclopedia in the field. Editors will present an overview and open up a dialogue about its uses as a resource for advocacy, policy,
and practice.
Presenters: Kerry Freedman and John Baldacchino

Globalize Your Art Room With Design Thinking
Teach students to recognize others’ perspectives, take action through design thinking and social media, engage with contemporary artworks, and discuss techniques for structuring student responses with empathy, storytelling, and design thinking skills.
Presenter: Elisabeth Gambino

Facilitating Global, Visual Art Exchanges: Resources for Classroom Practice
This session addresses how to facilitate visual art exchanges between students living in different parts of the world. Explore a variety of resources to enhance classroom practice.
Presenter: Rebecca Shipe

Ticketed Sessions



See the sights and roll up your sleeves for dozens of workshops, tours, and events offered in addition to the hundreds of concurrent sessions! Gain inspiration and information for your classroom and personal creativity. Reserve your tickets when you register.
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