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National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention

March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018

UAEA Scholarship to attend NAEA:
Educator Scholarship for NAEA Conference – Deadline December 1st, 2017.  If you have never had the opportunity to attend a National Art Conference, you should apply for this scholarship.  If you are awarded the scholarship, UAEA will cover the cost of your registration fee and the cost of a shared hotel room in order to attend the conference.  UAEA Scholarship for Art Educators to Attend NAEA Application

The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world’s largest art education convention.

The three-day Convention includes over 1,000 participatory workshops, panels, seminars for job-alike groups…research reports, discussions, exhibits, and tours…keynote addresses by world-acclaimed educators, artists, researchers, and scholars…with the opportunity to connect with your colleagues from all over the world. Each year, some 110-200 exhibitor booths displaying the latest art textbooks, high-tech software, prints, slides, curriculum materials, equipment, and programs, as well as the latest studio and art history media are made available for examination and review by art educator delegates. It is a professional development opportunity to update oneself on the vista of state-of-the-art materials to advance visual art instruction in local art programs. All sessions and events are 100 percent content-oriented and substantively based.

The 2018 NAEA National Convention will be held March 22-24 in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

2018 NAEA National Convention Theme: Art + Design = STEAM

2018 NAEA National Convention Program Coordinator: Andrew Watson, K-12 Fine Arts Instructional Specialist, Office of Curriculum Design and Instructional Services, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA


  • Preconvention Day is Wednesday, March 21 for all preconvention workshops, including the Museum Education preconference.
  • Delegates Assembly is scheduled at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Wednesday, March 21.
  • Sessions (from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm) will be held at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101.
  • Some sessions will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel during the day, and all sessions after 6:00 pm will be held in the Hotel.
  • Exhibitors will be located in the Convention Center and will be open 10:00 – 3:00 on Thursday, March 22, Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24.
  • The complete session schedule will be available in December.

Registration Information

Preregistration (through 2/15/18) | Onsite Registration (after 2/15/18)

Active NAEA Member: $175 | $205
Student NAEA Member: $115 | $135
Retired NAEA Member: $130 | $160
Guest/Spouse: $130 | $160
Non-Member: $235 | $265

3 Easy Ways to Register:

  1. The online convention registration system will open in late September, which will allow attendees to purchase ticketed events in addition to their registration.
  2. Fax/e-mail this formoffsite link downloadAcrobat Reader including your credit card information to 703-860-2960 or convention@arteducators.org
  3. Mail this formoffsite link downloadAcrobat Reader with your check or credit card information to: NAEA, 901 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

No purchase orders can be accepted.

Registration and payment must be received by the published earlybird deadline in order to receive discounted rates. If not, onsite registration rates apply. Membership must be current at time of registration and throughout the Convention.


March 22, 2018
March 24, 2018


National Art Education Association (NAEA)


Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Seattle Hotel