Summer Studio: Design Thinking for Social Equity

July 18-22, 2017 | Dallas, TX

Once again NAEA brings together nationally acclaimed visionary leaders and thinkers in art, design and STEAM education to bridge common goals through the human centered, transformative power of Design Thinking. Participants will be engaged in creating hands-on, innovative solutions to real life challenges of social equity using exciting design thinking strategies. The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications (ATEC), will host participants in the amazing state-of-the-art Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building.  Participating partners include NAEA, O’Donnell Foundation, Crayola, Gensler, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Crayola, the XQ Super School Design-Lab Experience Institute, Texas A&M LIVE Lab, the Warehouse, Private Contemporary Museum, and the University of the Arts. Plan your summer professional learning now to be inspired and equipped to design a better world! Scholarship funds may be available.

Registration opens soon! Program is limited to 45 participants.

Dates: July 18 - 22, 2017
Location: Dallas, TX
Cost: NAEA Members: $449 by 6/2/17; $499 after 6/2/17
Non-Members: $495 by 6/2/17; $549 after 6/2/17

Cancellation Fee: $50; no refunds after 6/18/17.

Participants are encouraged to come in teams; teams should include two or more teachers & administrators in art, design, and other subject areas at all levels.

Scholarships may be available. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Summer Studio: Design Thinking has secured affordable hotel lodging, including breakfast, for participants at special reduced rates at Hilton Double Tree and Holiday Inn close to UTD and DART transit, with free shuttle service, convenient food, and amenities.

  • Doubletree: (972) 644-4000, Rates and block of rooms are available until July 2, 2017.
  • Holiday Inn: (972) 238-1900, mention code “National Art Education Associate-BK-YP”. Rates and block of rooms are available until July 3, 2017.


  • Jan Norman, Founding Program Director, Summer Studio: Design Thinking; Cell: 610-608-9200
  • Deborah Moore, Site Coordinator and AP Arts & Music Director, NMSI/AP Strategies, Inc. Dallas 214-525-3007

Expert Facilitators/Faculty:

  • Jacob Riley Simons, Director of Design Strategy, Gentler
  • Andre Thomas, Founder and CEO of Triseum education games, Director of the LIVE Lab, Dept. of Visualization, Texas A&M
  • Michelle Cheng, Professional Development Manager, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Kristen Walter, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Crayola & Cheri Sterman, Education Director, Crayola & board member, P21
  • Rives Taylor, Lead of Urban Design and Sustainability, Gentler
  • Sandy Speicher, Managing Director, Education, IDEO (invited) – judge for XQ Super School selection & design education collaborator
  • Kate Canales, Director of the Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI) program at SMU and Innovation Gymnasium
  • Martin Rayala, Co-Founder, XQ Super School, Design-Lab School, Wilmington, DE
  • Cindy Todd, Co-Developer of the XQ Super School, Grand Rapids Public Museum School, MI
  • Paul Sproll, Paul Sproll, Head, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Kevin Henry, IDSA, Assoc. Professor, Product Design, Columbia College, Chicago, & Author of Drawing for Product Designers
  • Rande Blank, Director, MAT Art+Design Education, University of the Arts, Chair, NAEA Design Issues Group, Board, DESIGN-ED
  • Thomas Feulmer, Director of Educational Programming, The Warehouse, Private Contemporary Museum
  • Deborah Moore, AP Arts & Music Director, NMSI/AP Strategies, Inc., O’Donnell Foundation & Host Site Coordinator
  • Jan Norman, Founding Director of Design for Thinking Teaching Institute; Director, NAEA Summer Studio Design Thinking

Earn University Credit:
NAEA and California State University, Chico have partnered to offer professional development credit for professional learning earned through Summer Studio: Design Thinking. For further information, visit