National Convention

The NAEA National Convention is the largest gathering of visual arts educators in the world!

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.

2019 NAEA National Convention

The 2019 NAEA National Convnetion will take place in Boston, MA, March 14-16, 2019, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. Some sessions will also be held in the Sheraton Boston Hotel, which is connected to the convention center.

Registration Rates

2019 NAEA National Convention online registration opens early fall 2018.

  • Active NAEA Member: Earlybird Rate: $175 | Onsite rate: $205
  • Emeritus NAEA Member: Earlybird Rate: $130 | Onsite rate: $160
  • Preservice NAEA Member: Earlybird Rate: $115 | Onsite rate: $135
  • Non Member: Earlybird Rate: $235 | Onsite rate: $265
  • Spouse/Guest: Earlybird Rate: $130 | Onsite rate: $160

Hotel Reservations

The Sheraton Boston Hotel and the Boston Marriott Copley Place are the officially contracted hotels for the 2019 NAEA National Convention.

Make your hotel reservation online through Conference Direct at You may also call 844-460-9820; Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 9:00 pm ET; or e-mail

PLEASE NOTE: Conference Direct is the official housing partner for the 2019 NAEA National Convention. Discounted accommodations should only be booked through Conference Direct. No other housing companies are affiliated with NAEA.

Hotel Details

The official hotels for the 2019 NAEA National Convention are the Sheraton Boston Hotel and the Boston Marriott Copley Place. To reserve rooms at a discounted rate, you must go through Conference Direct. See the reservation information in the section above. 

Rates at both hotels are good from March 10 – March 18 (based on availability). The last day to book reservations at the discount rate (if still available), is February 19, 2019. 

Complimentary WiFi is available for guests in their sleeping rooms at both the Sheraton and the Marriott.

NAEA does not have discounted parking rates arranged with the hotels or the Convention Center. Both hotels are connected to the Convention Center.

Sheraton Boston Hotel
The Sheraton Boston Hotel is the Convention Headquarters Hotel. Some sessions will take place here.

39 Dalton Street Boston, MA 02199

All rates are per night + all applicable taxes
Single $249 | Double $249 | Triple $289 | Quad $329
Suites start at $459+

Boston Marriott Copley Place
No sessions will take place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. However, additional discounted accommodations are available for Convention participants.

110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

All rates are per night + all applicable taxes
Single $249 | Double $249 | Triple $269 | Quad $289

University Credit

NAEA and California State University, Chico - Regional & Continuing Education have partnered to offer NAEA members university credit for participating in a variety of NAEA conferences, workshops, webinars, and other activities. Each 15 hours completed of NAEA professional development can be accrued for 1 semester unit. Learn more

Call for Presentations

The Submission Deadline was June 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. Submissions are now closed and are under review.

Past Convention Resources

Resources such as session handouts, photos, videos, and Certificates of Attendance from past Conventions can be found here.

Future Dates

  • 2020 NAEA National Convention: March 26–28 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2021 NAEA National Convention: March 4-6 | Chicago, Illinois
  • 2022 NAEA National Convention: March 3–5 | New York, New York