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Join 500+ Arts Education Leaders in Los Angeles!

Register by September 30 for the best rates! Financial aid deadline is also Sept. 30.
Check the conference program for newly added sessions and special events.  

Our field is united by a shared belief that all people deserve access to quality learning opportunities in the arts throughout their lives. Arts education can be a powerful force for social good and human development and a vital asset in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Join more than 500 leaders from 300+ organizations nationwide as we explore ways to amplify our impact, increase demand and support for arts education, and transform our communities. The focus of this year’s conference—catalyzing positive change through arts education—has profound implications for all involved—staff, teaching artists, trustees, students, and our partners in other sectors. Through your participation, you’ll gain knowledge, relationships, and inspiration to advance your organization and shape the future.


Teaching Artist Development Track with Eric Booth

Ensuring that teaching artists are well prepared and supported is of core importance for any organization providing quality arts education. Join us to learn what efforts are underway, across the United States and around the globe, to energize and elevate the field of teaching artistry. During the course of the track, you’ll also have the rare opportunity to roll up your sleeves and accomplish significant work to advance teaching artistry as a profession.

Sessions in this track include:

Developing the Field of Teaching Artistry (Nov. 20)

Teaching Artist Development Working Groups, Part I, II and III (Nov. 21)

Global Connections in Teaching Artistry (Nov. 22)

Conference Plenary Session

From Nicety to Necessity: Building Public Will for Lifelong Arts Learning

Kevin T. Kirkpatrick, Senior Executive Vice President/Principal, Metropolitan Group, Chicago, IL

The value of the arts in our lives and educations has been well documented. Yet, arts programs are often the first to be cut and the last to be restored (if ever…). In response, arts advocates too often throw around data that succeeds mostly in “preaching to the choir” while failing to mobilize anyone who’s not already on board. Kevin will talk about a new strategy to build public will for the arts as a core component of our everyday lives, from how its framed to who needs to be engaged to make it a reality.

Watch Videos of Past Conference Sessions

Past plenary sessions are  available online! You can watch videos from our past three conferences. We've recently added the following keynote addresses from our 2013 Conference: 

Building Smart Education Systems: Your Role in a Community-Wide Approach to Public Education

Catching Up to Kids: How Technology is Remaking Arts Education

Watch Videos »

Photos Left to Right: RAW Art works, Lynn, MA; CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Los Angeles, CA (photographer: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle); Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Topanga, CA; Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA; New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis, TN, and Watts Towers, Los Angeles, CA.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.