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State of California

Conferences and Workshops

Conferences, workshops, webinars and training opportunities for arts administrators, educators and artists in California. To have us include a "Conferences & Workshops" item, please submit information to .


Webinar for Challenge America Applicants Interested in Applying to Art Works
National Endowment for the Arts
Online Webinar
Date: 01-24-2018
On January 24, 2018, National Endowment for the Arts staff will conduct a guidelines workshop webinar for previous Challenge America applicants who are interested in applying to the Art Works category instead of Challenge America. An overview presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

NOTE: An organization may not apply to both the Art Works AND the Challenge America categories.

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design - Overview of the Program and How to Apply
National Endowment for the Arts
Online Webinar
Date: 01-25-2018

January 25, 2018, 12:00 PM PST

On this webinar CIRD staff from the National Endowment for the Arts and Project for Public Spaces will provide an overview of the program and answer questions related to the recently released RFP. You'll learn about the application process, eligibility requirements, and selection criteria.


  • Jen Hughes, design specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Cynthia Nikitin, senior vice president, Project for Public Spaces

CAA Conference 2018
College Art Association
Los Angeles, CA
Date: 02-21-2018 thru 02-24-2018
In 2018, CAA will return to LA for its 106th Annual Conference. The four-day event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Wednesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 24.

CAA's Annual Conference consists of four days and over 300 presentations, panel discussions, workshops, special events, and exhibitions exploring the study, practice, and history of art and visual culture. As the best-attended international forum in the visual arts, the Annual Conference creates a community of practitioners, scholars, and the general public seeking to learn and connect. Attendees expand their professional networks, meet with potential employers, and strengthen their skills in professional-development workshops. CAA's annual gathering facilitates networking opportunities and enables the exchange of ideas and information with colleagues from across the globe.

Individual CAA members receive discounts on conference registration. Institutional members can register up to ten faculty and staff members at the reduced, individual-member rate during the early registration period.

Beginning this year, CAA launches the Cultural and Academic Network Hall, a new innovation designed to put conference attendees in direct contact with representatives from many of our Institutional Members and cultural institutions. Part exhibition hall, part candidate center, and part meeting place, the Cultural and Academic Network Hall is the new space for candidates, the general public, cultural institutions, and academic departments to meet face-to-face.

Dance Education Forum: Focus on Equity
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 02-24-2018
This community roundtable brings together artists and educators to discuss and share the promises and pitfalls of creating, developing and sustaining high quality dance education practices. Join local artists, educators and activists in this discussion in race, power and privilege in dance, and how we can make our teaching more inclusive and equitable. No prerequisite.

The Insider's Guid eto Arts Education Planning
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
Fresno, CA
Date: 02-26-2018
The Insider's Guide to Arts Education Planning!

This one-day workshop will be sponsored by CCSESA, California Alliance for Arts Education, and CREATE CA.

Participants will:

  • Learn skills on how to develop an arts education plan for a school district and/or county office of education using the newly released 3rd edition of the Insider's Guide to Arts Education;
  • Take away facilitation strategies that can be applied in multiple settings; and
  • Join a professional community that is committed to building capacity for arts education in California.

The program will be led by Peggy Burt, Senior Advisor for the Alliance's Arts Planning Initiative and one of the authors of the new edition of the Insider's Guide. Peggy brings over a decade of experience of working with districts on arts plans as well as training planning coaches for Los Angeles County Arts Commission: Arts for All. She began her work as a planning coach for the California Alliance for Arts Education in 2003, and has served as the VAPA coordinator for the Wiseburn School District. She will be joined by other seasoned coaches from the Arts Planning Initiative who will share first-hand experiences of the work they have accomplished in arts education. We are pleased to partner with the California Alliance for Arts Education's Arts Planning Initiative which offers an opportunity for California districts and counties to complete a planning process using the best tools available: The Insider's Guide to Arts Education Planning, high caliber facilitation and strategic assistance. The initiative also offers a subsidy to help districts and counties fund a planning process.

2018 State Policy Symposium
Arts Education Partnership
Washington, D.C.
Date: 03-10-2018
The Arts Education Partnership, with generous support from Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host the 2018 AEP State Policy Symposium on March 10 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, in Washington, D.C.

This annual event convenes leaders from across the arts and education sectors for a day-long discussion exploring key policy topics impacting the arts in education. In addition to two timely plenary sessions - one addressing how arts education is faring under the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the other providing insight on how to use data to inform policy decisions - in-depth workshops focused on the priority areas of AEP's 2020 Action Agenda will provide attendees with applicable tools and strategies for increasing access to the arts in education for all students.

Space is limited so make sure to register today!

Join and follow the conversation online with #AEPSPS18.

9th annual Creative Edge Lecture
Arts Orange County
Irvine, CA
Date: 03-20-2018
Each Spring, Arts Orange County presents the Creative Edge Lecture to bring together the business, arts, and education communities to learn about and discuss the value of creativity in all endeavors.