Town Hall

NAEA Town Hall Conversations

NAEA Town Hall

Tune in to an NAEA Town Hall Conversation to gain information, insight, connection, and support as we collaborate to delve into issues that are important to visual arts educators—especially during this complex time. This virtual series will tackle a fresh topic monthly, and will be guided by a panel of experts and practitioners from both within and beyond the visual arts education field—and by YOU! Register in advance to submit your most critical questions related to the conversation topic for consideration. Additionally, every Town Hall Conversation will result in a call to action and an informational download.

Registration is FREE for all! Invite your colleagues to this monthly community gathering to exchange ideas.

Upcoming NAEA Town Hall Conversations

Art Education and Social Emotional Learning: Taking Care of Our Learners and Ourselves

Tuesday, November 17, 7-8 pm ET
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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has always been a critical component of learning and is often times an elegant fit in the art room and studio. In this conversation, our expert guests will discuss and share various SEL strategies to support learners, including trauma-informed education, as well as share ideas for teacher self-care at this uniquely taxing moment in time. Gain national, district, and classroom perspectives, solutions, and support.


  • Karen Van Ausdal, Senior Director of Practice, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Chicago, IL
  • Lindsey D. Vance, Art Therapist, Fine Artist, Educator, and Consultant
  • Dr. Zerric Clinton, PhD, Art Educator, Dutchtown High School, Hampton, GA
  • Additional panelists TBA

Art Education and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Moving from Ideas to Action

Tuesday, December 15, 7-8 pm ET
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Each individual educator is on their own journey of understanding equity, diversity, and inclusion concepts, context, and actions. In this conversation, discover tools and strategies for your own growth as an educator, as well as how to best support your diverse leaners. Our expert guests will share their own stories and journeys as peers who are tackling this work in their own settings—from the real-life of the classroom to the bird’s eye view of supervision and leadership. Participant-generated questions will guide the discussion, which will be focused on solutions and support.


  • James Haywood Rolling, Jr., NAEA President-Elect/Chair, NAEA ED&I Commission/Professor, Syracuse University
  • Matthew Neylon, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Mt. Vernon School, Atlanta, GA
  • Additional panelists TBA

Archived NAEA Town Hall Conversations

Art Education and School Year 2020-21: Navigating Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Instruction in the COVID-19 Landscape

View the Oct. 20 recording here.

Download the accompanying handout here.

Sharing solutions and support for success in this unique school year is our goal for this conversation. Join expert guides as they communicate how they are navigating the current landscape as supervisors, administrators, and classroom practitioners. Gain perspective from various vantage points and walk away with practical ideas for immediate use whether you’re faced with the challenges and opportunities of remote, in-person, or hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panelist bios are available here.

  • Armon Barrows, Visual and Graphic Arts Teacher, Crater Renaissance Academy High School
  • Alysia Lee, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Maryland State Department of Education/Founder, Sister Cities Girl Choir
  • Dr. L. Earl Franks, EdD, CAE, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • Luisa Tio, Art Educator, Matthew Maury Elementary School, Alexandria City Public Schools