State & Regional Conferences

Stay connected to your state and regional colleagues! Find your state or regional conference below.

Find the latest 2017 State Conference information below.

ALABAMA

October 26-28, 2017; AAEA Theme: Dali in the Dunes, Thinking Outside the Box. Please join us for a weekend at the beach! Information, registration for member, presenters and exhibitors can be found on our website. Exhibitors are welcome to join us for our Thursday and Saturday night informal gatherings (before and after our official conference).
Exhibitor Setup: October 26, 2-4pm
Exhibitor Hours: October 27, 8:00 am until TBD
Exhibitor Breakdown: TBD
Website: http://aaeaonline.org/ (see “2017 AAEA Conference” and “Other Forms”)

ALASKA

No conference information available. Please visit http://alaska-aaea.org.

ARIZONA

November 16-18, 2017; 2017 AAEA Conference — Spectrum of Voices, Sedona, AZ Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://azarted.org/conference

ARKANSAS

November 8-10, 2017; Arkansas Art Educators Fall Conference, Wyndham Hotel, North Little Rock, AR. Theme: Arkansas: Grow. Opening Reception (location TBD) to be held on the 8th; conference will be held on the 9th & 10th.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.ararted.org/fall-conference.html

CALIFORNIA

November 10-12, 2017; 2017 CAEA Fall Conference. Theme: Connect, Create, and Collaborate, Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA. Keynote Speakers: Olivia Gude and Nancy Walkup.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.ararted.org/fall-conference.html

COLORADO

November 2-5, 2017; CAEA Fall Conference; Happy 80th Anniversary CAEA! “It’s Always Time for Art”, Breckenridge, CO Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.caeaco.org/2017-Fall-Conference

CONNECTICUT

October 19, 2017; CÆA 2017 FALL CONFERENCE, Theme: Art - A Foundation For Learning, 7:15 am - 3:40 pm, Radisson Hotel - Cromwell, 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.ctarteducation.net/caeliga-fall-conference.html

DELAWARE

October 6, 2017; 2017 Fall Arts Conference, Dover High School, Dover, DE.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://daea.weebly.com/2017-state-conference.html

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

No conference information available. Please visit website for professional development opportunities: http://www.arteducationdc.org/develop/upcoming-professional-development.

FLORIDA

October 19-22, 2017; 65th Annual FAEA Conference, St. Petersburg, FL; Theme: The Power of Art. View Preliminary Conference Information
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://faea.org

GEORGIA

October 19-21, 2017; 2017 Fall Conference - Voices, Visions, Visuals: The Art of Storytelling, Augusta, GA. Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Green.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Contact: Conference Chairs: Stan Dodson, stan_dodson@hotmail.com, and Ivey Coleman, iveymcoleman@gmail.com
Website: http://www.gaea-artforall.org/2016-fall-conference.php

HAWAII

No information available. Please visit http://hawaiiarteducationassociation.weebly.com.

IDAHO

October 6 & 7, 2017; 2017 IAEA Fall Conference, "ART venture Awaits”. EXPLORE*EXPERIENCE*EMPOWER, Pocatello High School, Pocatello, Idaho. Events held around Pocatello and Idaho State University campus.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/idahoarted/home

ILLINOIS

November 30-December 2, 2017; 2017 IAEA Conference, The Q Center, St. Charles, IL
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: https://ilaea.org/conference-information/

INDIANA

November 3 & 4, 2017; 2017 AEAI State Convention, Hamilton Southeastern High School, ‘LAUNCHING NEW STANDARDS’
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.aeai.org

IOWA

October 5-7, 2017; Art Educators of Iowa Annual Conference, West Des Moines, Hilton Garden Inn, Valley Garden Inn. Theme: Synergy with a STEAMpunk flair.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.artedia.org/fall-conference.html

KANSAS

October 19-21, 2017; KAEA Professional Development Conference, Art Ed: Getting It Done Together, McPherson College, McPherson, KS.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.kaea.com/fallconference.html

KENTUCKY

October 6-7, 2017; 2017 KyAEA Conference, Theme: Creativity is the Currency of the 21st Century, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: https://www.kyarted.net/conference

LOUISIANA

October 27-28, 2017 Fall Conference, Theme: “Teach Like an Artist”, LSU Lab School, Baton Rouge, LA. Our message behind this theme is to inspire Art Teachers to continue developing their own artistry as they inspire and teach the future artists and art consumers of tomorrow. Speakers: Kelli Scott Kelley, LSU Professor, Painting and Drawing and Ange Riehl, Secondary Art Educator
Exhibitor Setup: Friday, Oct. 27th, 3pm - 5pm
Exhibit Hours:Saturday, Oct. 28th 10am - 5pm
Exhibitor Break Down: Saturday, Oct. 28th 4pm - 6pm
Contact: Virginia Berthelot, LAEA Conference Chair, president@laarteducator.org

Website: http://laarteducators.org/teach-like-an-artist-2017-laea-fall-conference/

MAINE

September 15-17, 2017; MAEA Fall Conference, From Seed to Leaf, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.aeforme.org/MAEA/Fall_Conference.html

MARYLAND

October 20, 2017; 2017 Maryland Art Education Association Conference. Sponsored and hosted again by the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.marylandarted.org/conference.html

MASSACHUSETTS

November 11 & 12, 2017;2017 MAEA CONFERENCE, Art Education: Shaping Human Potential, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Keynote Speaker: Patty Bode.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.massarted.com

MICHIGAN

November 2-5, 2017; 2017 MAEA Conference, Retro in the Metro. Join your friends and colleagues for a weekend filled with opportunities to re-CONNECT, re-DESIGN and re-IMAGINE what being an art teacher is all about in the re-VITALIZED heart of Detroit. See you at the 2017 MAEA Fall Conference located at Cobo Center and Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.miarted.org/events.php

MINNESOTA

November 3-4, 2017; 2017 MAE Fall Conference, Standard Exceptional! Holiday Inn & Suites, St. Cloud, MN.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.aem-mn.org/professional-development/aem-fall-conference/

MISSISSIPPI

November 9-11, 2017, MAEA Fall Conference, Mississippi 200: Through the Eyes of Arts, Mississippi Museum of Art and Hinds Community College. Keynote Speaker: Ke Francis.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: https://www.msarted.org

MISSOURI

October 6-7, 2017; 2017 Fall Conference, Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster, MO.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Contact: Jennifer Furman, jfurman@risd.k12.nm.us
Website: http://www.maea.net

MONTANA

October 19 & 20, 2017; MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference, Soar Across the Big Sky. Every year, our conference offers the best professional development for educators anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring 500+ workshops, keynotes, & institutes. No matter what you teach, you’ll find tons of workshops & keynotes perfect for YOU. MEA-MFT teams up with 17 Montana curriculum groups to bring you the best in teacher-led professional learning.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.mea-mft.org/educators_conference.aspx

NEBRASKA

September 29-30, 2017; 2017 NATA Fall Conference theme, “Art as Story” offers conference attendees the opportunity to explore their personal story as both an art educator and artist. Through member presentations on Friday, September 29 and creative work with University of Nebraska-Lincoln art professors on Saturday, September 30, art educators will explore visual literacy through the lenses of communicating, connecting, and collaborating. Spend two days in Lincoln, Nebraska as we discover all the city has to offer. Put together a team for the first ever Amazing Art Race! Join us on Friday night for the annual awards banquet & silent auction at The Assemblage! Close out the 2017 NATA Fall Conference at Nebraska Wesleyan University for the art educator show!
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.nebraskaarteducators.org/2017-fall-conference.html

NEVADA

October 13-15, 2017; Get STEAMED with the Art Educators of Nevada
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.arteducatorsofnevada.org

NEW HAMPSHIRE

October 14; 2017; NH State Art Education Conference, Champions of Constructive Change, New Hampshire Institute of the Art, Manchester, NH. Offering 20 different workshops, lots of hands-on and make-n-take!, Mask Making Keynote Presentation featuring artists from Michoacan, Mexico!
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.nhaea.org/programs/fallconference.html

NEW JERSEY

October 1-3; 2017 AENJ Conference, Beyond Looking, Ocean Resort and SPA, One Ocean Blvd, Long Branch NJ
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.aenj.org/pages/conference

NEW MEXICO

November 3-5, 2017, 2017 NMAEA Conference, Roswell Museum and Art Center and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM. Theme: “Art of this World: We Are Not Alone”. Keynote Speaker: Mark Kistler.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://newmexicoarteducators.org/page-18134

NEW YORK

November 17-19, 2017; NYSATA 69th Annual Conference, Doubletree Hotel Binghamton, Binghamton, NY. This two-and-a half day conference is packed with over 100 workshops, a commercial and college exhibitor showcase, as well as Keynote addresses by renown artists and educators.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.nysata.org/2017-conference

NORTH CAROLINA

October 26-29, 2017, NCAEA Professional Development Conference: Exploring UnchARTed Horizons, Wilmington Convention Center & Wilmington Hilton Riverside, Wilmington, NC. We will be providing over 100 workshops and presentations right on the river front, as well as galleries, tours, and more.
Exhibitor Setup: Thursday, Oct. 26, 11am - 4pm
Exhibit Hours: Thurs., Oct. 26, 6-8pm; Fri., Oct 27, 8am-5pm; Sat., Oct 28, 8am-2pm.
Exhibitor Break Down: Sat., Oct. 28, 2-4pm
Contact: Penny Freeland, President presidentncaea@gmail.com
Website: www.ncaea.org

NORTH DAKOTA

No information available. Please contact Mary Kostuck at mary.kostuck@sendit.nodak.edu.

OHIO

November 2-4, 2017; OAEA Fall Conference, emPOWERed: Art Up and Recharge, Toledo, OH
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.oaea.org/conference-2017

OKLAHOMA

September 29 & 30, 2017; OAEA Fall Convention, University of Tulsa, OK.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.oaea-ok.org/?page_id=91

OREGON

October 14, 2017; 2017 OAEA Fall Conference, Arts Activism - Sparks Change, Willsonville High School, Willsonville, OR. Guest Speaker: Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: https://www.oregonarted.org/conference/

PENNSYLVANIA

October 19-22, 2017; PAEA 2017 Conference: Art It Up! This will be the largest gathering space for art educators in the state and is designed exclusively with you in mind. Experience the thriving visual arts scene with Pittsburgh artists, professional sessions, hands-on workshops, outreach tours and stimulating socials.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.paeaconference.org

RHODE ISLAND

September 16, 2017; National Core Arts Standards Workshop. RIDE has officially endorsed the NCAS as RI’s new arts standards. Spend the morning with the RI State Council on the Arts and learn more about the NCAS with national arts education leaders and colleagues from around the state. North Kingstown High School, RI. No exhibits.
Exhibitor Setup: N/A
Exhibit Hours: N/A
Exhibitor Break Down: N/A
Website: http://www.riaea.org

SOUTH CAROLINA

November 3-5, 2017, SCAEA’s Fall Conference, University of South Carolina, BeaufortEW JERSEY . Theme: Inspire & Create.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Contact: http://www.scaea.org/contact/
Website: http://www.scaea.org/state-conference/

SOUTH DAKOTA

October 5-7, 2017; South Dakota Art Education Conference: * The Future of Art Education*, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Contact: http://www.scaea.org/contact/
Website: http://sdaeak12.weebly.com/annual-conference.html

TENNESSEE

October 26-28,2017; Tennessee Art Education Association Fall Conference, Theme: “Every Artist Tells a Story”. Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN, Keynote: Olivia Gude Opening Awards Banquet, Oct. 26th at Fogelman Center
Exhibitor Setup:TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.tnarteducation.org/fall-state-conference/

TEXAS

November 2-4, 2017, 2017 Annual TAEA Conference, Moody Gardens Galveston, Texas. Theme: “Dia De Las Artistes: Awaking your Creative Spirit"
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Contact: https://www.taea.org/TAEA/contact.asp
Website: https://www.taea.org/TAEA/conference.asp

UTAH

February 23-25, 2017; UAEA Art in the Sun Conference, Pineview High School, St. George, UT
Exhibitor Setup: N/A
Exhibit Hours: N/A
Exhibitor Break Down: N/A
Website: http://uaea-arted.org/index.php?page=save-the-dates

VERMONT

September 29 & 30, 2017; Essex Junction, VT. Theme: Gear Up For Art. Join VATA’s fall conference for in depth information on the new collaborative education models of Design Thinking and STEAM. Keynote speaker Ruki Ravikumar, Director of Education at the Smithsonian’s Copper Hewitt Design Museum, will help inspire and educate teachers about the power of art and design. Take workshops with innovative and knowledgeable artists and educators who use STEAM and Design Thinking projects with students at all levels. Both enhance 21st century skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and technology integration that will give your students essential skills to develop their unique creative approach to life. Then visit and work at The Generator in Burlington in a Studio Session to see some of the local resources that are available all year to Vermont educators. You will also get to use the latest technology to create a project of your own.
Exhibitor Setup: Friday, September 29, 7 am
Exhibit Hours: Friday, September 29, 8 am - 4 pm
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: www.vtartteachers.org

VIRGINIA

November 2-4, 2017, VAEA Fall Conference: Imagination Takes Flight, Sheraton Reston, Reston, VA. Keynote Speaker: Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager for the Americans for the Arts
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Contact: Sarah Mays, VAEA VP, swmayshouse@gmail.com
Website: http://www.vaea.org/conference.html

WASHINGTON

Due to the National Convention coming to Seattle in 2018, there will be no 2017 state conference. For information, please visit http://waea.net/conference.

WEST VIRGINIA

October 27 & 28, 2017; WVAEA Fall Conference: Rethinking the Future of Art Education, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
Exhibitor Setup:TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: https://www.wvaea.com

WISCONSIN

October 27 & 28; WAEA Fall Conference: Art With A Purpose, Fort Atkinson High School, Fort Atkinson, WI.
Exhibitor Setup:TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://www.wiarted.org/fall-2017-conference.html

WYOMING

No information available. Please visit http://www.wyarted.org/index.html.

OVERSEAS

No information available. Please contact Jennifer Hastings at Jennifer.McPhail-Hastings@eu.dodea.edu.

BRITISH COLUMBIA ART TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION

October 20-21, 2017; Super Conference, Vancouver Convention Center East, Vancouver, BC. Featuring Two full days overflowing with interactive, inspirational and highly applicable professional learning opportunities created by 25 BC PSAs; over 30 remarkable keynote presentations on big ideas from every subject area, brain research, digital literacy, inclusion, and more; choose from hundreds of sessions offered in a variety of formats including lectures and hands-on learning opportunities; access to a massive Exhibitors Hall featuring the latest educational products and services; and unlimited networking opportunities with nearly 6,000 BC educators.
Exhibitor Setup: TBD
Exhibit Hours: TBD
Exhibitor Break Down: TBD
Website: http://bcata.ca/conferences/bcata-conferences

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The purpose of the National Leadership Conference is to support and enhance the effectiveness of experienced, new and aspiring art education leaders. The program is designed in direct response to the timely interests and needs expressed by NAEA state leaders and includes time and space for hosting regional meetings and meeting in small groups with other leaders whose organizations are similar in size and share many of the same challenges.

Regional Leadership Conferences are held in odd numbered years. The National Leadership Conferences are held in even numbered years.

The 2018 NAEA National Leadership Conference will be held July 23-26, 2018 at the Hyatt Place Hotel, 560 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina (Southeastern Region). Hotel Rate: $165/night

Registration Rates: $199 NAEA members; $249 non-members.
Registration opens early April 2018.
More details to come!

Past Conferences:

  • 2016 National Leadership Conference (Eastern Region), July 27-30, Washington, DC - View 2016 agenda
  • 2014 National Leadership Conference (Western Region), July, Santa Fe, NM

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