National Convention

The NAEA National Convention is the world's largest art education convention.

SAVE THE DATE! 2017 NAEA National Convention, March 2–4, 2017, New York, NY

The 2017 NAEA National Convention will be held March 2-4, 2017 in New York City at the Hilton New York and Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.

2017 NAEA National Convention Program Co-Coordinators: Debbie Greh & Joni Acuff

2017 NAEA National Convention Theme: The Challenge of Change

Change is a difficult, unpredictable and unwieldy process, yet it is inevitable, especially in this dynamic, ever changing world. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Art Education Association. With this milestone anniversary in sight, the 2017 NAEA National Convention seeks to reflect upon our rich history and look to the future to identify the many challenges ahead for the field of art education.

Change is, essentially, effective action which acknowledges multiple narratives of history and philosophy; effective action respects the needs of diverse learners, embraces new philosophies of teaching and addresses social justice. As learners and educators, we experiment with innovative elements of technology and design and explore social media with respect for the past and an eye to the future.

Change is never complete and that is the real challenge: it is a continuous cycle that requires both vision and action. NAEA seeks proposals that inform and inspire action through civil discourse and generate practical conversations for envisioning the future of art education.

The complete session schedule will be available in November.

Registration Fees

Active NAEA Member: $165 (Preregistration) / $195 (Onsite)
Retired NAEA Member: $120 (Preregistration) / $150 (Onsite)
Student NAEA Member: $105 (Preregistration) / $125 (Onsite)
Non-Member: $225 (Preregistration) / $255 (Onsite)
Guest/Spouse: $120 (Preregistration) / $150 (Onsite)

The earlybird deadline is January 27, 2017.

Three Easy to Register:

  1. Register online beginning late September.
  2. Fax the Registration Form to 703-860-2960
  3. Mail the Registration Form to NAEA, 901 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. No purchase orders can be accepted.

Lodging Accommodations

The 2017 NAEA National Convention is co-hosted by the Hilton New York and the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, which are across the street from one another. NAEA meetings and events will take place at both hotels. The NAEA Exhibit Hall will be located in the Hilton New York.

Please reserve your lodging accommodations by contacting one of the hotels below:

Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Call: 1-800-HILTONS and use code NAEA

Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
811 7th Ave., W 53rd Street, New York, NY

Call: 212-581-1000

Book by February 3, 2017 to take advantage of discounted room rates.

Exhibiting with NAEA

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Call for Presentations

The proposal deadline was May 31, 2016. Proposal notification letters were sent via email on September 4, 2016. To inquire about the status of a proposal, please email

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 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 mobile app is also released 1-2 months prior to the convention.

Future Dates

  • 2018 NAEA National Convention: March 22–24 | Seattle, Washington
  • 2019 NAEA National Convention: March 14–16 | Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2020 NAEA National Convention: March 26–28 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2021 NAEA National Convention- TBD
  • 2022 NAEA National Convention: March 3–6 | New York, New York


2016 NAEA National Convention

The 2016 NAEA National Convention was held March 17-19, 2016 in Chicago, IL. Theme: Lead! Share Your Vision for Art Education. Find resources at

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