2014 Annual Convention and Arts Education & Advocacy Preconference in Nashville, TN

Every June, Americans for the Arts brings together nearly 1,000 arts and community leaders for our Annual Convention. This is one of many opportunities for arts education professionals and our Arts Education Council to network and discuss key issues affecting arts education. The Arts Education Council also facilitates numerous arts education-specific sessions that engage thought-leaders from the field.

Arts education is so necessary for so many reasons - and yet many communities have tremendous difficulty making the case. Come take part in this deep training experience designed to help participants understand the ins and outs of advocacy for arts education on a local level. The Empowering Arts Education Advocates preconference features an opening keynote by the NEA's Director for Arts Education, Ayanna Hudson, followed by detailed case studies, a site visit to the famed Pearl Cohn High School recording studio and a set of practical learning sessions designed to give you immediately-useable tools and resources to take back to your home communities to make the case for arts education. Find out more about the Arts Education & Advocacy Preconference!

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As a hardworking and busy arts education professional, we know you can’t always attend professional development events in person.

For this reason, we host timely and relevant on-demand webinars every year on a variety arts education issues, with topics ranging from new research and reports to trends in the field. In 2012, a series of seven webinars illuminated the complex network of stakeholders that influence arts education, from the school house to White House and from the living room to the board room. In 2013, another series of webinars were held for the most discussed topics in the field, from STEAM to advancing arts education through an expanded schooldayProfessional members of Americans for the Arts can access live or on-demand webinars for free!

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Americans for the Arts' ARTSblog is the place to read and write about the hottest topics facing our field today. This widely read blog, with an average of 10,000 views per week and more than 700 contributors from across the country, covers many areas of the arts field with arts education consistently being one of the most popular subjects. Twice a year we host a blog salon on key issues for arts education including early childhood education, connections to Common Core standards, and more!

Speakers/Writers Bureau

Hosting your own arts education professional development workshop and looking for a great presenter? Our arts education staff at Americans for the Arts is available to speak on a variety of topics including curriculum and instruction, arts education policy, arts education reform, models of quality arts education programs and more. Get more information on topics.

Tools & Resources

In addition to these professional development opportunities, Americans for the Arts regularly produces tools and publications to inform and inspire anyone concerned about arts education.