This year we are going virtual and are looking forward to offering content-specific professional development opportunities for art educators in this virtual format. A majority of the sessions are asynchronous, meaning you can view them when the time is right for you. Asynchronous sessions will go live on the conference website on November 7 and will be available to view through January 31, 2022Check out the session offerings here.

We also have some live virtual events during the weekend of November 13-14, including Zoom webinar keynotes by Chanel Thervil and Cindy Meyers Foley, as well as additional sessions. Check out the session offerings here.

Be sure to get your discounted ticket for the MAEA Virtual Conference today. The discounted MAEA/NAEA member rate increases on November 1.

Besides the MAEA/NAEA member discount – another reason to register early is for the swag box! The first 100 registered attendees will be mailed a swag box!

Mark your calendars!

Keynote Speakers

Saturday November 13 at 9:00 am ET – Chanel Thervil – Creative Resilience as a Salve for Uncertainty

Chanel Thervil is a Haitian American artist and educator that uses varying combinations of abstraction and portraiture to convene communal dialogue around culture, social issues, and existential questions. At the core of her practice lies a desire to empower and inspire tenderness and healing among communities of color through the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Pace University and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She’s been making a splash in Boston via her educational collaborations, public art, and residencies with institutions like The Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Children’s Museum, The DeCordova Museum, The Harvard Ed Portal, and Google. Her work has been featured by PBS Kids, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Bay State Banner, WBUR’s ARTery, WGBH, and Hyperallergic. Find out more by visiting her website

Sunday November 14 at 10:15 am ET – Cindy Meyers Foley – Art Educators as Change Agents for Courageous Imagination

Cindy Meyers Foley is the Executive Deputy Director for Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art. She envisioned and led the charge to open the 18,000 sq. ft. Center for Creativity in 2011. In 2013, the museum received the National Medal for Museums in recognition of this work. Foley co-authored a chapter for The Manual for Museum Learning, 2015 as well as guest edited and wrote chapters for Intentionality and the Twenty-First-Century Museum, for the 2014 Journal of Museum Education. Foley has been on the faculty of the Harvard Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute and regularly keynotes a variety of Museum, Art, and Education Conferences. In November 2014, she was a TEDX Columbus Speaker presenting Teaching Art or Teaching to Think like an Artist and in 2016, she was asked to again take the TEDX Stage to present The Benefits of Boredom. Foley received the 2018 Ohio Distinguished Educator for Art Education award.

Exhibit Opportunity for MAEA Members

We are happy to share we are organizing a virtual exhibit for MAEA members in conjunction with the conference. The call for artwork opens on September 20 and closes on October 24, 2021. Look for the promo code in your inbox or email Learn more and submit your artwork here.

Conference Discounts 
MAEA/NAEA Member Early Bird Discount

MAEA/NAEA members receive a 50% discount from non-member pricing when they register before October 18, 2021. Don’t miss out on conference discounts – Join MAEA/NAEA today and receive all of the membership benefits of MAEA and NAEA. Membership to the National Art Education Association includes a state membership to MAEA. Member benefits include discounted conference and convention tickets, free participation in many annual MAEA exhibition opportunities, free monthly NAEA webinars, free subscriptions to Art Education journal and NAEA News, complimentary ePortfolio provided by Digication, as well as many other benefits. For more information about joining the NAEA/MAEA, please visit:

New This Year for MAEA Members – Group Discounts

Looking to save even more off the MAEA/NAEA Member pricing? Register a group of your colleagues at the same time and save up to 25% off the member ticket price. Groups of five MAEA Members registered together receive an additional 20% off member pricing, and groups of ten receive an additional 25% off member pricing. 

Sliding Scale Tickets 

The MAEA Board of Directors is happy to share we are also offering a sliding scale ticket price. Please see the suggested sliding scale amounts below. 

$15 – Income <$20k/year
$20 – Income between $20k-30k/year
$25 – Income between $30-$40k/year
$30 – Income between $40-$50k/year
$35 – Income between $50k-60k/year
$40 – Income over $60k/year for Members
$80 – Income over $60k/year for Non-Member

Conference related questions?

Email our Conference Committee Chair Please note we are a volunteer run organization, so can take a few days for us to return your email.

Have a general questions? Email