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2024 Arts Schools Network Annual Conference
Washington, DC
October 22-25, 2024
Hosted by Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Arts at the Forefront of Change

Fifty years ago, Duke Ellington School of the Arts began as vision of its cofounders, Mike Malone and Peggy Cooper Cafritz, to build an institution that would provide world-class arts education to students who would not normally have such opportunity. Yet the power of that concept was not simply that underserved students would have access to the arts or be able to express themselves. It was that those without a voice would be empowered with the skills and the platform to tell their own stories.

They knew an essential truth -- that the revolutionary and moving power of art is not just in the performance, but in the stories that get told.
In Washington, DC, storytelling and change are intertwined. Lobbying, legislation, funding, policy, and programs are driven by storytelling. Who wins and who loses is often defined by who is better at telling. As we explore the future of arts education, we have to come to grips with the growing impact of policy and politics on the future of creativity.

From reductions in arts funding to banned books to increasing censorship to digital distribution to shifting copyright laws to artificial intelligence, the ability to create with freedom and to profit from that creativity is under threat. Yet within that environment also lies a whole new realm of opportunities that will impact how we teach, how students learn, and the very definition of what an arts institution is for the next 50 years.

“Arts at the Forefront of Change,” the Arts Schools Network Annual Conference in October 2024, will explore the extraordinary power of storytelling in the 21st century -- the economy, policies, and politics driven by storytelling and the important role of the arts in shaping not only the culture of the nation and the globe but the future as well.


Rate  ASN Member

ANS Arts Advocate and Non ASN Member

Early Bird (April 23-September 6)

$574 $750

Regular (September 7-September 30)

$670 $829

Daily (Limit to one a day per person)

$225 $250

Daily DC Educator Discount (Limit to one a day per person)

$175 $200

Awards Rate (One person/per award)

$150 N/A

Retired Member

$275 N/A

School & Tour Add On (Tues, October 22nd) Elementary OR High School

BOTH Elementary AND High School Tours






  * 15% discount rate for groups, (5 people or more).

Groups must be registered together on one invoice. Use code GROUP24 at checkout.




Need a draft letter for district leadership about benefits of attending? Here you go!

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

*Arts Schools Network is committed to helping our members and the arts community and making our conference accessible to all. If you have questions or concerns about the registration fees, please reach out to us at [email protected].
We look forward to assisting you.


Certificate of Participation: $50*

This certificate will state that the educator (attendee registered) earned 25 contact hours of in-service credit by attending the Arts Schools Network National Conference. The certificate [pdf] will be emailed after conference attendance is confirmed.
*Each state determines acceptable in-service renewal credits/hours; please check with your state’s Department of Education.


 Conference Cancellation Policy

  • The deadline for cancelations and refunds is Friday, September 27, 2024 and subject to a $200.00 USD administrative cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail. ([email protected])
  • Cancellations received after Friday, September 27, 2024, will not be eligible for refunds.
  • Refunds will not be made to registrants who choose not to attend the conference.

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