National Convention

The 2021 NAEA National Convention will take place March 4-6 in Chicago, IL.

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 visual arts education convention.

This three-day professional learning event, offering the opportunity to connect with visual arts education professionals from around the world, includes hundreds of informative sessions, participatory workshops, panel discussions, offsite tours and workshops, and keynote addresses by world-acclaimed educators, artists, innovators, researchers, and scholars. All sessions and events are 100 percent content-oriented and substantively based.

Additionally, 100+ exhibits displaying the latest art textbooks, high-tech software, prints, curriculum materials, equipment, programs, and more are available for exploration and interaction in the Exhibit Hall.

2021 NAEA National Convention

The 2021 NAEA National Convention will take place in Chicago, IL, March 4-6, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel.

Registration Rates

2021 NAEA National Convention online registration opens early fall 2020.

  • Active NAEA Member: Earlybird Rate: $185 | Onsite rate: $215
  • Emeritus NAEA Member: Earlybird Rate: $140 | Onsite rate: $170
  • Preservice NAEA Member: Earlybird Rate: $125 | Onsite rate: $145
  • Non Member: Earlybird Rate: $245 | Onsite rate: $75
  • Spouse/Guest: Earlybird Rate: $140 | Onsite rate: $170


Check back soon for reservation information.

Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel
151 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

The Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel is the Convention Headquarters Hotel. All sessions and exhibits will take place here.

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

Rates at the Hyatt Regency Chicago are good from February 28 – March 7 (based on availability). The last day to book reservations at the discount rate (if still available), is February 9, 2021.

NAEA does not have discounted parking rates arranged with the hotel.

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 proposal submission period for the 2021 NAEA National Convention closed on June 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET.