National Convention

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

Call for Presentations

NAEA is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2019 NAEA National Convention to be held March 14-16, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center and Sheraton Boston (headquarters hotel).


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.

Registration Rates

  • 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

Reservations are being handled by Conference Direct. Attendees may make their reservations online at You may also call 844-460-9820; Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 9:00 pm ET; or e-mail

Sheraton Boston Hotel—HEADQUARTERS HOTEL
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—Overflow sleeping rooms only
110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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

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.

There will be complimentary WiFi in the 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.

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

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

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