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Preconvention Workshops
Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1
(No transportation is provided for any preconvention events;
participants provide their own transportation.)

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» Journal Fodder Junkies of the World Unite!
Hilton Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
Wednesday, March 1
9:00 am – 4:30 pm (with lunch break from 12:00 – 1:30 pm)

Based on their popular books, The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365, David Modler and Eric Scott designed this class to bombard you with artistic possibilities. Come and explore a variety of techniques and media that are just as at home in the visual journal as they are in rich, mixed-media wall pieces. This workshop allows you the flexibility to work either on individual pieces or in the visual journal giving you a full range of creative choices. Focus will be placed on how a plethora of techniques can be mixed and mingled, layered and built upon. Stock up on new techniques and add to your creative arsenal, and leave with visually loaded journal pages or mixed-media pieces ready to hang on the wall. No meal provided.
$99 (Maximum participants: 40)

» Creative Leadership Transforms Schools
Christie’s New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020
Wednesday, March 1
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Summary & Learning Processes
(Participants need to self-assess their qualifications to join this special event.)

  • Do you currently provide art-integration professional development to classroom teacher colleagues?
  • Are you identified as an Art-Integration Coach either formally or informally?
  • Have you been involved in school-wide systemic change focused on art-infused project-based learning?
  • Are you interested in being a consultant or freelance writer to help Crayola with this initiative?

If you answered “yes” to most of the questions above, join us for an inspirational day!
Discover firsthand how a Creative Leadership Team can transform an entire school. Receive insights and resources to establish a Creative Leadership Team and build creative capacity school-wide with colleagues, as well as students. Hear success stories of how schools have used art-integration as a powerful teaching strategy to improve student engagement, academic achievement, and classroom teachers’ creative confidence.

Throughout the session, educators will use their visual voices to express innovative thinking and challenge the status quo. Learn coaching exercises and how making thinking visible can transform schools. Participants will be immersed in a series of hands-on coaching and strategic planning exercises, inspired by art from the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) collection. The learning process includes: Essential Questions, Fine Art Inspiration, Hands-On Art Exploration, and Reflective Prompts.

Participants will experience personal epiphanies on how to convince others of the power of art to deepen understanding. A representative from FAPE will provide the keynote presentation during lunch, addressing how art serves as global diplomacy and builds cultural understanding for the next generation of learners. The sessions are highly interactive, giving participants opportunities to cultivate and showcase their leadership skills.


  • Participants will gain insights from like-minded education thought leaders and presenters who share a passion for building creative capacity school-wide.
  • Participants will stay connected with other Crayola Creativity Champions to continue conversations around increasing art-integration in schools.

This Preconvention Workshop is FREE (Maximum participants: 100) Lunch provided.

» Supervisor’s Summit: A,B,C,D,E’s of Assessment in the Arts
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
Wednesday, March 1
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Supervisors and Administrators participate in an interactive workshop and leave with resources in hand to conduct professional development with teachers. Over the course of the day sessions will include: Authentic Assessments: Worth Their Weight in Gold?; Bettering Our Practice; Crafting Tools to Measure Student Growth; Collecting Data; Educating Students, Teachers, and Others About Learning in the Arts; Formative Feedback for Growth; and Hearing From Colleagues… Impact of Assessment Across the Nation. Guest instructors: Sara Wilson McKay, Chair and Associate Professor of Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-author of Practice Theory: Seeing the Power of Art Teacher Researchers, and Marilyn Stewart, Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University and author of Art Education in Practice Series.
$99 (Maximum participants: 75)

» NAEA Research Commission Preconference: doing Art Education Research - VIEW DETAILS
Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
Tuesday, February 28 - Day 1
1:00 – 7:30 pm

1:00 – 1:30 pm: Welcome and Overview

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Plenary 1: Ways of Assessing Learning Encounters
A collage of assessment-related research topics and questions, examined through multiple methodologies in diverse art teaching and learning contexts—including P-12, museum, and community arts. Presentations, discussant response, and open discussion.

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Breakout Conversations 1: What Can Different Research Approaches Offer?
A series of hosted, open, informal conversations about the possibilities for and limitations of various research approaches. All conference attendees are encouraged to participate in one or more breakout conversation during this session: Historical Approaches, Philosophical/Theoretical Approaches, Qualitative Approaches, Mixed Methods Approaches, Art Based Research Approaches

4:00 – 4:15 pm: Break

4:15 – 5:30 pm: Plenary 2: A Case for Mixed Methods in Art and Museum Education Research
Forum for exploring the advantages of mixed methods research—studies that use both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Presentations, discussant response, and open discussion. This session is hosted by the Research Commission’s Mixed Methods Working Group.

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Opening Reception: Envisioning Pedagogical Inquiry: The Making of Art Based Educational Research, Macy Gallery

5:45 – 6:15 pm: Gallery Talk: Overview of ABER exhibition and brief remarks by participating artists
No meal provided. This preconference is generously supported by the National Art Education Foundation.

Day 1 Only: $60 (Maximum Participants: 300)

Wednesday, March 1 - Day 2
8:00 am – 12:15 pm

8:00 – 9:30 am: Plenary 3: Preparing Researchers in Art Education
A focus on teaching strategies for preparing researchers—including research methods courses, readings, and key assignments/experiences. Presentations, discussant response, and open discussion.

9:30 – 10:30 am: Breakout Conversations 2: How Do We Teach the Processes of Research?
A series of hosted, open, informal conversations about teaching various aspects of the research process. All conference attendees are encouraged to participate in one or more breakout conversation during this session: Identifying Research Problems and Questions, Conducting Literature Reviews, Designing Conceptual/Interpretive Frameworks, Selecting Methodologies/Methods, Collecting and Analyzing Data, Interpreting Findings

10:30 – 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Plenary 4: Methods and Resources for Generating Evidence of Student Learning and Effective Teaching in Art
Forum on strategies for documenting student learning and teacher growth. Presentations, discussant response, and open discussion.

12:00 – 12:15 pm: Closing Remarks
No meal provided. This preconference is generously supported by the National Art Education Foundation.

Day 2 Only: $60 (Maximum Participants: 300)

Both Day 1 and 2: $99 (Maximum Participants: 300)

» Museum Education Division Preconference – Diversity & Inclusion: Art Museum Educators as Levers of Change - SOLD OUT
Uris Education Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Enter via the 81st Street ground level entrance)
Wednesday, March 1
9:15 am – 4:45 pm; After-Hours Reception 6:30 – 8:00 pm

The NAEA Museum Education Division Preconference brings together art museum educators, students, consultants, and researchers to build community, generate new insights into issues and practices affecting the field of museum education, and leverage the knowledge of the group as well as the expertise of partners and specialists in other disciplines to strengthen museum education practice.
The 2017 NAEA National Convention (March 2-4) theme is The Challenge of Change. At the Museum Education Division’s 31st annual Preconference, we ask ourselves, “How Can I Be a Lever of Change?”

Cultural institutions are increasingly adding diversity, equity, inclusion, and community outreach into their strategic plans, mission statements, and audience goals. While these ideals require us to think deeply about all of our various identities and social relationships, a thorough understanding of the historical and contemporary dimensions of race and racism in museums is particularly relevant at this moment in our country. With the changing racial demographics, the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the increasing social media focus on the intersection of race and museums, there is a clear call to examine how race influences our work in museum education.

Before we can start to address these initiatives on behalf of our institutions, we must pause to take a closer look at ourselves and our own lenses, beliefs, and experiences with race—and how they affect our programs and interactions with museum visitors, artworks, museum spaces, and colleagues. This year’s Preconference will support our field in a focused exploration of some of the following questions as a way of rethinking how we can be effective change leaders in our institutions:
● How do we define diversity, equity, and inclusion?
● How do we create cultures of hiring and staffing that prioritize and support racial equity?
● How do we ensure our practices and messaging are inclusive?
● How do we self-reflect to ensure our work aligns with anti-racist values?
● What does an intersectional approach to teaching and interpretation look like?
● How can I be a Lever of Change to create programs, work, teaching, and leadership that foster a value for diversity, equity, and inclusion?
● How do we know if we are successful?

This work and the paradigm shift is hard. And yet, it is of utmost importance if museums are to evolve to be more open, affirming, and inclusive spaces. Our Preconference will be an opportunity for art museum educators to self-reflect on the lenses and perceptions that we use every day, establish brave spaces to have these difficult conversations, and outline concrete steps we can take individually and as a field to make our work more diverse and inclusive.

Notes for 2017 Schedule and Registration
As the Preconference aims to provide opportunities to explore several cultural institutions in Manhattan throughout the day, plenty of time has been allotted for travel between sites as well as for exploring and networking on your own. Also, as the Whitney has generously made their spaces available after-hours, we are starting the day a bit later than usual, with more networking time in the morning during the optional coffee hour to kick off your day.

Because many art museum colleagues are situated in and around New York City, we have increased this year’s attendance capacity to 350. However, last year’s Preconference sold out months in advance, so register early.

NAEA arranges registration in a way that requires you to also signup for the National Convention to encourage membership and to maximize your time with colleagues. If you wish to attend only the Preconference, contact Museum Education Division Director-Elect Michelle Grohe at for next steps.

2017 Preconference Program

8:30 – 9:15 am: Optional Coffee with Colleagues
Get caffeinated while you network with NAEA peers. Join a small group of colleagues for an informal coffee and/or breakfast within a short walk of the Met. Signup sheets will be available via Google in February 2017. Buy your own coffee, or treat a new or old colleague!

9:15 – 9:45 am: Registration
Location: Uris Education Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Please enter via the 81st Street ground level entrance to the Museum for conference check-in and MET admissions sticker.)

10:00 – 10:15 am: Welcome by NAEA Museum Education Division Leaders
Location: Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, MET Museum

10:15 – 11:30 am: Keynote Speakers, How Can Art Museum Educators Work for Racial Equity?
Location: Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, MET Museum
Marit Dewhurst, Director of Art Education, City College of New York
Keonna Hendrick, Cultural Strategist, Educator, and Consultant

Today we will focus on race. To remain relevant, 21st-century museums must seek to align their practices with democratic values and change how they connect with people and their diverse experiences. How then do we create spaces and experiences for visitors and colleagues who have not been historically represented or acknowledged? As museum educators, we have a responsibility to do this. Hendrick and Dewhurst will provide a historic overview to issues of race and racism in the context of museums, define shared terms for us to use as a field and throughout the day, establish structures for having conversations and nurturing brave spaces, and model a few strategies to address real-life issues in the museum workplace.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Explore Best Teaching Practices in the Galleries
Join colleagues in the MET galleries for a practical gallery experience applying the themes of the day. A call for facilitators and interactive activities that address the Levers of Change theme will be released in October 2016. Topics or themes will include: selecting culturally relevant artwork, remaining engaged during difficult topics, discussing art to build community interdepartmentally, and more. Participants will make selections in January 2017 during follow up registration.

12:45 – 2:45 pm: Explore, Lunch, and Travel
Take this time to explore the MET galleries on your own, pick up your lunch, and travel to breakout locations. Limited seating will be available in the Uris Education Center classrooms.

2:45 – 4:45 pm: Becoming Levers of Change Breakout Sessions
Breakout groups will meet at various locations, including the Museum of Arts and Design, New Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Frick Collection, The Guggenheim, and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, among others.

How can we infuse our commitment to racial equity into our teaching, daily work practices, and professional leadership? In small groups, we will spend time working collaboratively to expand our understanding of racial inequities and develop strategies to create a racially inclusive museum. Topics and facilitators will be identified in the fall of 2016 based on members’ interests, which may include: label writing, hiring practices, teen agency, racial diversity and equity as an institutional priority, understanding how intersectionality (such as between race and LGBTQ identities) informs our work as educators, and creating shared agency in teaching with school and family groups. Attendees will rank top three breakout session topics in January 2017 in follow-up registration.

4:45 – 6:30 pm: Explore, Network, and Travel
Stay tuned for informal options to decompress, such as grabbing coffee, a meet-up for those new to the field, or drinks to talk about mentorship.

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Closing Reception
Enjoy this rare after-hours reception at the Whitney Museum of American Art, including time to explore the galleries featuring their permanent collection. Drinks, including wine and beer, as well as snacks, will be served.

Marit Dewhurst is the Director of Art Education and Assistant Professor of Art and Museum Education at The City College of New York. She has worked as an arts educator and program coordinator in multiple settings both nationally and abroad including community centers, museums, juvenile detention centers, and international development projects. Her research and teaching interests include social justice education, community-based art, youth empowerment, and the role of the arts in community development. Her book, Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy, was recently published by Harvard Education Press.

Keonna Hendrick is a cultural strategist, educator, and author who promotes critical thinking, expands cultural perceptions, and supports self-actualization. She is the co-founder of SHIFT, a collective of cultural workers engaging anti-oppressive feminist professional and personal development. She is also co-creator of multicultural critical reflective practice, a professional development model. Hendrick continues to provide professional development to educators in museums and classrooms nationally, including ArtsConnection, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York City Museum Educator Roundtable, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

$99 for Active, $75 for Students, $125 for Non-Members (Maximum Participants: 350)

The Preconference is SOLD OUT. Due to limited space, there is no waiting list for this event. Thanks for helping us fill this event again this year!

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