AAAE 2021 Virtual Conference


May 3 - 28, 2021


How has the field of arts administration sustained itself through these uncertain times? What lies ahead? How do we continue to grow and evolve, and what new skills will students of arts management need to succeed in a post-Covid arts world? The 2021 AAAE conference will seek to Reimagine a new industry and a new training model for arts administration education; to Reconnect to artists and arts managers in this rapidly changing environment; and to Renew our collective commitment to rebuilding our arts communities and ourselves.


As COVID continues to affect our daily lives, we fully recognize the many challenges of this unprecedented and unpredictable time that we are experiencing as a community. AAAE does not want the inability to pay to prohibit your participation in this year's annual conference. We welcome all to participate in the AAAE Conference, regardless of ability to pay. However, we would appreciate support for the financial shortfall the inability to convene in person has caused the organization. Please see an outline of our ticket fee structure below, and be sure to scroll down to view the schedule and register via the tickets tab. 

AAAE Members

Conference Access Registration Fees: If you are able to pay for registration, please select the appropriate ticket option: the INDIVIDUAL SESSION ticket, or the UNLIMITED SESSIONS ticket, or the REGISTER BY DONATION ticket.

INDIVIDUAL SESSION: For access to an individual session, the fee for members and non-members is $25

UNLIMITED SESSIONS - MEMBERS: For access to unlimited sessions, the fee for members is $75

NON-AAAE Members

Please consider joining to take advantage of many great benefits. Should you be unable to join at this time, please purchase your tickets below at $25 per individual session or $125 for unlimited conference sessions.

INDIVIDUAL SESSION: For access to an individual session, the fee for members and non-members is $25

UNLIMITED SESSIONS - NON-MEMBERS: For access to unlimited sessions, the fee for non-members is $125

REGISTRATION BY DONATION: For access to unlimited sessions, please consider supporting AAAE by registering in any dollar amount. Any funds donated in excess of $75 is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please contact Lee Ann Scotto Adams ([email protected]) for a tax receipt.

FREE REGISTRATION: Should your financial situation prohibit paying for registration at this time, please select the "FREE" ticket to continue registration, and be sure to help spread the word to increase online conference participation.

Past Conferences

AAAE’s annual conference brings together members and colleagues from across the globe. It is the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow arts administrators and educators and explore the complex questions of arts and cultural management. Our members gather to share their latest research findings, explore the newest practices and keep up with the rapidly changing ways way art is made, supported, experienced, and delivered in markets across the globe.

Conferences offer programming in research, pedagogy, and practice. Hosted by AAAE members in a different location every year, they afford members and attendees an opportunity to explore the arts and culture of new places.

2020 Vision For Student Success - Online Conference Series

Due to COVID-19, the in-person conference was moved online. Conference Video Library Available HERE on the AAAE Members Portal. (You must be logged into the Portal to follow the link.)

2019 The Future of Arts Administration Education: Evolution, Reinvention, and Transformation 
Hosted by Bolz Center for Arts Administration at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Conference Presentations Available HERE

2018 Building Communities of the Future: Arts Administrators as Agents of Change
Hosted by University of Houston and University of Houston Downtown

2017 New Places, Spaces, and Faces: Exploring Possibilities and Crossing Borders
Hosted by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland

2016 Direct Connect: A New Way Forward
Hosted by Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2015 Educator Impact: Framing Arts Administration Education in a Dynamic Field
Hosted by the University of Oregon, Portland, OR
View the Program

2014 Being Bold, Embracing Change
Hosted by HEC Montréal, Montréal QC

2013 Advancing New Paradigms
Hosted by the University of New Orleans, New Orleans LA

2012 Educating for Leadership
Hosted by Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA

2011 Educate | Innovate | Activate
Hosted by Boston University, Boston MA

2010 Making Connections: Preparing Cultural Leaders for Future Challenges
Hosted by American University, Washington DC