Thank you to everyone who joined us in Chicago for our 2024 National Conference!

YA’s 2024 National Conference explored the essential collaborative relationships between teaching artists, community arts groups, teachers, and schools in service of engaging the community and educating students and families. Often extending beyond the classroom walls, this work is tied to the needs, challenges, and ideas of the community, while also being grounded in building students’ academic and artistic skills. Practitioners from across the Young Audiences network and beyond were invited to share, create, discover, and explore the innovative work supporting these collaborations. 

Conference Photo Galleries

Our next National Conference will be held in 2026, when we welcome guests to Washington D.C.! 

Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s National Arts in Education Conference brings together arts experts, teachers, artists, and other arts organizations from around the country. Presented annually by Young Audiences Arts for Learning  (YA) in partnership with a local YA affiliate, each conference explores a theme related to arts in education through breakout sessions, keynote speeches, site visits, and other activities. 

Our National Conferences aim to serve diverse constituents who are interested in the arts in education field the local, state, and national levels. Conference participants include nonprofit administrators and executive leadership, teaching artists, teachers, higher education faculty, and others from the field engaged in improving student access to the arts and arts learning.

Past National Arts in Education Conferences:

2024 National Arts in Education Conference, April 3-5, 2024
theWit Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Arts & Action: Building Pathways for Partnership and Engagement in Classrooms and Communities, March 30-April 1, 2022
NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

No Limits: Supporting Children with Learning Differences, April 3-5, 2019
Le Méridien Houston Downtown, Houston, Texas

The Company We Keep: A Professional Learning Gathering of the Young Audiences Network, April 5-7, 2018 
Le Méridien Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado

Digital Transformation: A National Arts-in-Education ConferenceApril 20-22, 2017
Metropolitan at The 9 Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio

Growing Up with the Arts, April 14-16, 2016
At the Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

Building Partnerships through Community Connections, April 23-25, 2015
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri

Where Art Lives, April 24-26, 2014
US Grant Hotel, San Diego, California

Moving Forward: Arts and Education in the Age of Globalization, April 25-27, 2013
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York, New York

Building Creative Connections: The Science of Learning and the Arts, April 19-21, 2012
Four Seasons, Baltimore, Marylandst