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Early Registration is Now Open




Personalize Your Conference Plan

Register onsite for the full three-day conference, or join us for just a day or two.

•    Add a specialized Preconference Institute or a Next Level Luncheon to further your knowledge. 
•    Sign up for one of the many exciting Saturday morning site visits and get a first-hand look at some of the innovative work being done in Chicago—all for no extra charge.
•    Bring a guest to select special events.

There are many ways to save on your conference registration. If you are a representative of a Full or Education Affiliate Member of the National Guild, member discount rates will automatically apply. We also offer group, new member, and student discounts. To become a member to receive your $200 discount on registration, click here.

Payment Policies
Conference registration and full payment must be received by deadlines to qualify for published rates. All funds payable in US dollars.

If you have registered online but need to pay by check rather than credit card, your registration is not considered complete until that payment has been received. If payment is received after rates have increased, the higher rate will apply.

For questions or problems with registration contact Claire Wilmoth or at 212-268-3337 x14. For questions about the conference program, contact James Horton or at 212-268-3337 x12.

Special Events and Meals

 Conference registration fees include the following meals:

  • Preconference Lunch, Wednesday, November 2 (*for those who register for a Preconference Institute only)
  • Discipline Roundtable Breakfasts, Thursday, November 3, 8:00-9:45am
  • Opening Night Reception, Thursday, November 3, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Meet the Ambassadors Breakfast, Friday, November 4, 8:00-8:45am
  • Get to Know the Guild Breakfast, Saturday, November 5, 7:30-8:45am
  • Annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, November 5, 12:30-2:15pm
  • Closing Night Celebration, Saturday, November 5, 5:30 - 7:00pm

Ticketed Meals & Special Events*

  • Next Level Luncheon, Thursday, November 3, 12:00 - 1:30pm. Ticket price: $35.
  • Standing on the Pillars of Hip-Hop: Finding Community Voice through Artistic Expression. Friday, November 4. Ticket price: $15. Roundtrip transportation provided.
  • Site Visits, Saturday, November 5, 9:00am - 12:00pm. No extra charge, but registration required.
  • Rebuild Foundation Neighborhood Walking Tour, Saturday, November 5. Ticket Price: $15. Roundtrip transportation provided.
  • Cultural Competency and Racial Literacy: 21st Century Framewords for ALL Effective Arts Education Leaders. Ticket Price: $15. Lunch provided.

*You must also register for the conference (either the main conference or the relevant single day) to purchase a ticketed meal or special event.

New Member, Group, and Student Discounts

 New Member Discount

The National Guild is pleased to offer $200 off the main conference registration fee for one representative of a Full or Educational Affiliate Member that has joined since December 2015. To take advantage of the New Member Discount, contact Claire Wilmoth or at 212-268-3337 x14 prior to registering. Learn more about the benefits of membership and apply!

Renewals and lapsed members who are re-joining do not qualify for this discount.

Group Discount

Take $25 off the main conference registration fee for each registration in groups of three or more. All members of your group must register online at the same time to receive the reduced rate.

Student Discount

Full-time higher education students with a valid student I.D. may register online for the conference at a special student rate ($200 single day/$350 full conference). This discount applies to single day registrations or the main conference. (It does not apply to our preconference institutes on November 2, nor does it include ticketed events.) Full-time higher education students enrolled in a two to four year degree program (with a valid student I.D.) are eligible for this special rate. You must register online. If you are registering at the student discount rate, you must present a valid student I.D. when you check-in at conference.

Guest Tickets

 Delegates may purchase guest tickets for the Opening Night Reception and Closing Night Celebration for $25 and for the Annual Awards Luncheon for $65. Guests do not receive name badges and may not attend other conference events. These purchases may be made on-site or while registering online.


The National Guild welcomes patrons with disabilities to the conference. Accommodations must be requested by October 19. Please contact James Horton or call (212) 268-3337 x12.

Refunds and Cancellations

The deadline for refunds and cancellations is September 30. Cancellation requests received by this date will be refunded less a 10% cancellation fee.

Changes to Registrations

Requests to change events that have the same dollar value (e.g. single-day registrations) may be made free of charge through October 19.

The deadline for requests to change the name of a registered attendee, including exhibitors (from one person to another in the same organization), is October 19. 

Changes made to registration that result in a refund will be assessed a 10% change fee.

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