Thursday, November 3 - Friday, November 4
Meet with an expert in the field for a free consultation focused on your questions, challenges, and areas of interest. Consultations are available for individuals or groups on a first-come, first served basis during scheduled Office Hours blocks. List of experts TBA. You may sign-up for a consultation on-site at the registration desk.
Discipline Roundtable Breakfasts
Thursday, November 3, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Kick-off your conference experience by engaging in a focused conversation with your peers that work in your artistic discipline at organizations across the country. This is a great way for veterans and first-time conference attendees alike to make connections that will last through the next three days and beyond!
Breakfast meetings are planned for Dance, Music, Theatre, Media Arts, and Visual Arts disciplines.
Next Level Luncheons
Thursday, November 3, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ticketed event: $35
These dynamic, peer luncheons feature facilitated discussions that will provide you with new ideas and effective strategies for taking your organization to the next level.
Opening Night Reception
Thursday, November 3, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Celebrate the kick-off of the 79th annual conference with friends old and new. Explore the Arts Education Expo. Have a drink, mingle, network, and connect!
Friday, November 4, 12:15 PM - 1:45PM
Meet with some of the National Guild's networks and ambassadors. Details on specific meetings will be posted throughout the summer.
Saturday, November 5, 9:00 AM - 12:00PM
Get out of the hotel and into the community for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Chicago area's exemplary community arts education organizations. Visits include facility tours, overviews of each organization's key programs and inner workings, and an opportunity for in-depth dialogue with peers working in similar disciplines or program types.
Annual Awards Luncheon
Saturday, November 14, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Join us for a celebratory luncheon honoring extraordinary arts leaders for their contributions to the field.
Closing Night Celebration
Saturday, November 5, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Celebrate new friendships, collaborations, and insights, and raise a glass to our continued work together as a dynamic learning community.