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National Convention

The 2016 NAEA National Convention will be held March 17-19, 2016 in Chicago
at the McCormick Place Convention Center and Hilton Chicago Hotel.

The 2016 NAEA National Convention theme is:
Lead! Share Your Vision for Art Education

Call for Presentations: CLICK HERE to submit your presentation proposals. 
11:59 pm ET
Convention Proposal Scoring Citeria
Notice of acceptance/non-acceptance will be e-mailed to the main presenter in early September. Notification of scheduled day and time for accepted session(s) will be e-mailed to main presenters in early November.

2016 NAEA National Convention Program Coordinator: Bob Reeker

Every Leader Is an Artist: How the World's Greatest Artists Can Make You a More Creative Leader by Michael O’Malley and William Baker, is an insightful book that delves into the notion that attributes found in both leaders and artists are synonymous: intention, focus, authenticity, skill, and imagination. Leadership and creativity are often considered inextricable in today’s fast-paced world. Working in a variety of contexts—public and private pK-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities, art museums, community arts organizations—art educators are teachers, artists, advocates, researchers, community builders, and LEADERS.

Since 1947, art educators have provided leadership that has shaped the field of research and practice in art education and positioned NAEA as the premier professional community for our field. Because NAEA is committed to supporting art educators in their quest to excel as leaders, the 2016 NAEA National Convention will explore the multi-faceted roles of the art educator through the prism of leadership. As a venue, Chicago provides the textural backdrop for immersing art educators in a multitude of settings—from the numerous art museums and design studios located throughout the city, to the many educational environs that provide rigorous experiences for students of all ages, and the diverse community arts venues that exemplify the city as a leader in the arts.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION. The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world's largest art education convention.

The three-day convention includes over 1,000 participatory workshops, panels, seminars for job-alike groups...research reports, discussions, exhibits, and tours...keynote addresses by world-acclaimed educators, artists, researchers, and scholars...with the opportunity to connect with your colleagues from all over the  world. Each year, some 110-200 exhibitor booths displaying the latest art  textbooks, high-tech software, prints, slides, curriculum materials, equipment, and programs, as well as the latest studio and art history media are made available for examination and review by art educator delegates.

It is a professional development opportunity to update oneself on the vista of state-of-the-art materials to advance visual art instruction in local art programs. All sessions and events are 100 percent content-oriented and substantively based. There are no non-content functions such as golf, sightseeing, shopping tours, and the like. Sessions are scheduled daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

HOW TO ATTEND. The National Convention is held annually in the spring, usually March or April. Information about the Convention may be found in the summer and fall issues of NAEA News, as well as on our website. If you wish to be a presenter at the Convention, proposals must be submitted online and NAEA membership is required. The deadline is usually May 15 of the preceding year. A Convention schedule is posted online once session scheduling is complete, usually late November or early December of the preceding year. A convention mobile app is also released 1-2 months prior to the event start date.

REGISTRATION. Online registration opens in the fall 2015; and will allow attendees to purchase ticketed events in addition to registration. In the meantime, you may register using our paper registration form. The earlybird deadline is February 18, 2016. After that, attendees must pay onsite registration fees.


(by 2/18/16)
(after 2/18/16)
Active Member $165 $195
Retired Member $120 $150
Student Member $105 $125
Non-Member $225 $255
Guest/Spouse $120 $150


HOUSING. Discounted accommodations will be available through our housing bureau late spring/early summer 2015. The Hilton Chicago is the HEADQUARTERS HOTEL. Address: 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

TRANSPORTATION. The majority of sessions (from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm) will be held in the Convention Center (McCormick Place); some sessions and workshops will be held in the Chicago Hilton Hotel. The Exhibit Hall will be located in the Convention Center.

NAEA will have bus transportation between the Hilton Chicago and the Convention Center with the following schedule:
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
1:30pm - 7:30pm; 6 Coach buses (55 passenger)
Continual shuttle to/from Hilton Chicago and Convention Center
Thursday, March 17, 2016
7am - 9am, 11am - 1pm, 6pm - 7pm; 15 buses (39 passenger)
Continual Shuttle to/from the Hilton Chicago and Convention Center
Friday, March 18, 2016
7am - 9am, 11am- 1pm, 6pm - 7pm; 15 buses (39 passenger)
Continual Shuttle to/from the Hilton Chicago and Convention Center
Saturday, March 19, 2016
7am - 9am, 11am - 1pm, 6pm - 7pm; 15 buses (39 passenger)
Continual Shuttle to/from the Hilton Chicago and Convention Center


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