NAEA National Leadership Conference

The Artistry of Leadership: 2020 NAEA National Leadership Conference—Now A Virtual Learning Experience

Due to travel and safety concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the NAEA Board of Directors has taken action to transition the 2020 NAEA National Leadership Conference (NLC), originally set to be held in Park City, UT, to a virtual learning experience taking place Thursday, July 16-Saturday, July 18, 2020.

The purpose of the NLC is to support and enhance the effectiveness of experienced, new, and aspiring art education leaders. The 2020 program has been designed in direct response to the timely interests and needs expressed by NAEA leaders at the local, state, and national levels. Time and virtual space have been designated for regional meetings as well as for small group meetings with other state association leaders whose organizations are similar in size and share many of the same opportunities and challenges. Additionally, engaging keynotes, artmaking activities, and time to connect with colleagues will be an integral part of this virtual learning experience.

Participants have the ability to receive up to 15 hours of professional learning credits for 2.5 days of rich content and interactive leadership development.

Beyond working with leaders from your geographic NAEA region, you can engage in:

  • Hands-on artmaking with Blick Art Materials
  • Shaping the future of NAEA with a strategic visioning session
  • NAEA Cultural Competency in Teaching and Leadership Certificate Program: Moving Forward
  • Creativity with Adobe Spark workshop, led by Rebecca Hare of Adobe

More sessions will be announced and a full agenda will be posted soon.


Registration for the 2020 National Leadership Conference is closed.

Given the shift to virtual format, NAEA is adjusting registration costs.

Cost: $149 Member (reduced from $199); $199 Nonmember (reduced from $249)

This cost adjustment is in line with peer organizations that have had to make similar shifts to virtual offerings. Everyone who has already registered will automatically receive their $50 price adjustment reimbursement.

Past National Leadership Conferences

  • 2018 National Leadership Conference (Southeastern Region), July 23-26, Charleston, SC
  • 2016 National Leadership Conference (Eastern Region), July 27-30, Washington, DC
  • 2014 National Leadership Conference (Western Region), July, Santa Fe, NM