Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education! Our Conference is shaped by the remarkable voices, cultures, perspectives, and backgrounds of the community arts field. Every year, we are humbled by the contributions of practitioners that are working on-the-ground, transforming communities through the arts.
To ensure your session is considered, please read the below information and instructions carefully.
The Conference for Community Arts Education program will include a wide
range of events: full-day pre-conference training institutes, roundtables,
workshops, working meetings, networking events, site visits, plenary sessions,
consultations, panel presentations, and more. We encourage Guild members and
practitioners in the field to propose sessions on topics of import to the
field, sharing expertise and informed perspectives. Priority is given to
sessions which include representatives from more than one organization, working
together to advance understanding and break new ground for the field.
Key steps in the submission process
- Review the Guild's website as well as our mission, vision, and values. Our values—Leadership, Equity, Creativity, and Community—guide all decisions related to Conference programming and thus will be important to understand before submitting your proposal.
- Look over the sessions that were programmed at the 2018 Conference. This is a helpful guide for the types of content that we aim to produce.
- Review the notes from our four Conference planning meetings in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. The notes capture many of the issues facing local practitioners.
- Review our informational webinar that includes further details on crafting a strong proposal.
- Read all of the below information and submit your proposal!
- Session submission portal opens: February 27
- Webinar on constructing an effective session proposal: March 28
- Session proposal deadline: May 3
- Notification of session status: June 28
Things you will need to complete your session submission:
- Session chair—This will be the main contact for your session and the person ultimately responsible for organizing the program.
- Any additional session presenters—You will need contact information, bio, and headshot for all of the potential presenters.
- Short session description/information—You will need a description of the session, learning objectives, and participant outcomes. There is also am option to elaborate on your submission via video if you do not have all the written language solidified.
- Supporting materials—Any support materials that will help the Guild evaluate your session.
Characteristics of a strong proposal
We are looking for sessions that:
information and ideas that can move the field forward
- are of
significant interest to a national audience
- are rooted in values of social justice and racial equity
content experts who are also effective presenters—we also are interested
in hearing from experts from beyond the field of arts education, e.g.,
researchers, policy makers, etc. (note that the maximum number of
presenters/panelists is three)
relevant to a multidisciplinary audience chiefly comprised of senior staff
(e.g., executive directors, arts education division directors, program
directors) of nonprofit arts education providers; trustees, funders,
policy makers, and teaching artists comprise an important secondary
clearly defined and achievable learning objectives
formats that align with adult learning styles and maximize audience
- incorporate, where possible, art making or creative expression
Because we value multiple perspectives, the Guild seeks to engage presenters
who represent divergent perspectives, a diversity of backgrounds, artistic
disciplines, geographic locations, etc. We encourage you to collaborate with
others, including arts education leaders, students, as well as non-arts
partners in adjacent sectors.
Conference Proposals Demystified
To learn more about crafting a strong session proposal, join us for an informational webinar on March 28, 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET. Register here!
Begin your session proposal form by clicking Next Page below!