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Session Proposals for the 2020 Annual Conference!

SMART in the Arts

Las Vegas, NV | Oct 13-16, 2020

This years' theme focuses on the rapidly changing technology and academic requirements with STEM creating unique challenges to arts education. Educators across grades, ages, and the arts need to work together to collaborate on issues and opportunities for art’s programs in promoting STEAM in the 21st century. Proposals should focus on the importance of arts education in this rapidly changing world.

The arts impact all aspects of modern life. The arts are how humanity makes sense of the world. It is the backdrop that defines the human experience. The Arts create the soundtrack of our lives and the movement that flows throughout time. Visual arts are the buildings and clothes we live in and the transportation that moves us and creates opportunities to explore the universe or challenge the accepted thought. Performers illustrate the brilliant perspectives in life that make people laugh, cry, and view our surroundings with a sense of awe and wonder. The arts are the past, present, and future of technology, medicine, and venturing beyond our planet.

No longer is education a predictable or solid path. Technology and the rapidly changing world demands that education is viewed as a K-20 experience with opportunities for paths not thought of a year ago. No longer is STEM, the focus, but the importance of the creative mind makes the "A" in STEAM more relevant than ever before. “Smart in the Arts” will focus on future opportunities in arts in education.

We have also extended our theme to include your school and community response to COVID-19, including, but not limited to: new best practices, the transition to online learning, emotional learning in isolation, creative adaptations to solve for new learning, integrate and supporting the arts through online learning, running a school remotely, support services for students and families. We want this conference to embrace what we have learned, how you adapted, how it's changed you and how you'll move forward. Let's take this challenge and learn from one another. 

Proposals due by May 30, 2020

NOTE: The online proposal is in a google form. Once you begin the form it cannot be saved. If you would like to preview the session proposal form before starting the process, please go here.

How To Submit Your Proposal

ASN invites you to submit a presentation/session proposal for consideration. To ensure highly engaging and meaningful sessions for conference attendees, we kindly request that all submissions be complete in thought and execution. Prior to completing a submission, please review the following guideline and presenter information.




All sessions will fit into one of the following time frame options:
  • 90-minute sessions
  • 60-minute sessions

Participation and Engagement

All proposed sessions should actively engage participants in hands-on experiences, collaborative challenges, in-depth discussions, or development of new ideas and applications.

Submission Process

All proposals will be submitted via this online form by March 15, 2020.

Choose A Content Strand

All proposed sessions will fit within an established content strand (list below). Please determine which strand your session best aligns.
  • Arts Integration
  • Arts Specific (Visual, Performing Arts, Media, Theatre/Technical Theatre, Writing)
  • Creative Arts Practices and Innovative Teaching Strategies
  • College and Careers
  • Diversity/Equity/Inclusion
  • Innovative Collaborations
  • Leadership
  • Marketing, Fundraising and Branding
  • Serving Marginalized Communities

Actively Engaging Session Formats

  1. Buzz Sessions – An interactive session consisting of a moderator and subject matter experts who facilitate a discussion from a variety of perspectives on a given topic.  Attendees participate in the discussion by contributing their ideas regarding how to address an issue or reacting to the information that has been presented.
  2. “Dare to Ask” Sessions – This session facilitates inspiration, networking, brainstorming and solutions to Arts School challenges.
  3. Best Practices Sessions – Initiate the sharing of ideas, experiences, challenges, and solutions in focused roundtable discussions.
  4. Programming Brainshares – brainstorm new programs with peer groups.
  5. Master Classes – may include the following, or more, options:
    1. Conference participants playing in the arts; or
    2. Conference participants observing students engaged in an arts master class.
  6. Learning Labs –  In-depth learning through high interactivity where attendees develop their skills while engaging with peers- all under the direction of facilitators featuring case studies and works in progress that
  7. Other – This is in no way an exhaustive list of creative, engaging, and interactive session formats.  Please feel free to create your own!

Proposal Submission is Now Closed!