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 School Year 2020-21: From Skills to Concepts—Working Across the Curriculum in a New Environment

Tuesday, January 26, 7-8 pm ET
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Whether a you are a new or veteran visual arts educator (or anywhere in between), this school year challenges us to look at our curriculum and instruction in new and different ways. In this conversation, our expert guests will explore and share strategies for stretching our approaches and embracing sometimes untapped areas of the curriculum that may best lend themselves to remote, hybrid, and/or limited in-person learning environments. Member-generated questions will guide the discussion, as we collaborate to offer solutions and support.


  • Orlando Graves Bolaños, Art Education Manager, DoSeum, San Antonio, TX
  • Kimberley D’Adamo Green, Artist & Educator, Lincoln Public Schools and UNL College of Education, Lincoln Nebraska
  • Lois Hetland, EdD, Professor, Art Education Department, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
  • Natalie Chanel Jones, Director of Education, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, NC

Art Education Continuum: Building a Pipeline to Foster Future Educators and Strengthen our Field

Tuesday, February 9, 7-8 pm ET
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Each role in the visual arts education ecosystem plays a critical part in the overall success of the field. Join us for this conversation as guests engage in dialogue from their unique perspectives: High School Art Student, Preservice Art Educator, Classroom Practitioner, and Higher Education Scholar. We’ll explore what is needed to grow and sustain a healthy pipeline for the next generation of visual arts educators as well how we might best work together to strategically position art education looking forward. Member-generated questions will guide our discussion as we work toward solutions and support.


Archived NAEA Town Hall Conversations

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

View the December 15, 2020 recording here.

Download the accompanying handout here.

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 learners. Our expert guests will share their own stories and journeys as peers who are tackling this work in their own settings—from working directly with learners 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.


Panelist bios are available here.

  • Libya Doman, Elementary Art Teacher and Cultural Proficiency Facilitator, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA
  • Matthew Neylon, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, The Mount Vernon School, Atlanta, GA
  • James Haywood Rolling, Jr., Professor and Chair of Arts Education, Syracuse University, Manlius New York
  • Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Senior Director of Arts and Equity, EdVestors, Boston, MA

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

View the November 17, 2020 recording here.

Download the accompanying handout here.

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.


Panelist bios are available here.

  • 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
  • Alexandra Burnside, Elementary Art Teacher, Carthage R-9 School District, Carthage, MO

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

View the October 20, 2020 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