Conference

AAAE 2021 Virtual Conference

REIMAGINE/RECONNECT/RENEW

May 3 - 28, 2021

CONFERENCE THEME 

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.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS

The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) seeks submissions for the 2021 AAAE conference, taking place online from May 3 through May 28, 2021. Sessions will be offered daily (Mon. through Fri. between Noon and 5PM ET)

The deadline for submissions is: EXTENDED deadline - Jan. 31, 2021 (11:59pm Pacific Time). Individuals who submit will be notified of the status of their submission by February 28, 2021.

AAAE represents college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration, encompassing training in the management of visual, performing, literary, media, cultural, and arts service organizations. The organization consists of more than 150 member programs, all training and equipping students in arts leadership, management, entrepreneurship, cultural policy, and more. AAAE’s network of faculty and their alumni are the cornerstones of local arts communities across the globe. The organization serves as a convener, a resource, and an advocate for arts administration education.

**Practitioners, professors, students, recent alumni, and researchers from all arts and cultural disciplines are welcome to submit papers and session proposals for this conference - and attend! 

- Individuals need not be AAAE members to submit.
- First-time presenter submissions will be prioritized.
- Presenters are discouraged from participating in more than two sessions.
- Presenters may only serve as the lead presenter/author for one session or paper presentation.
- AAAE would like to specifically encourage and invite papers and session proposals from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, gender non-conforming, and differently abled individuals.

The Conference Planning Committee envisions three constituency groups of participants in the conference: (1) current students and recent alumni experiences and perspectives (2) practitioner and professional insight and perspectives and (3) research/scholar & academic models. To support that goal, there are two paths for submitting proposals detailed below - one that focuses on research papers and one that focuses on sessions, featuring panel discussions, teaching demonstrations, interactive workshops, group discussions, or presentations.

Proposals related to the theme will be most fully considered for the conference. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Reimagine

- A new industry, a new training model. Shaping the future of the field
- Arts and technology, a new partnership for the future
- Arts administration education in an environment of reimagining higher education
- What is the value proposition of arts administration education now?
- What does the field need that we are not teaching?
- Addressing equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives in arts administration

Reconnect

- How do you connect and reconnect now?
- Who is in and who is not? Questions of access
- "Future-proofing" - ensuring sustainability of the field
- What is the "new normal" now?
- Digital, hybrid, and on the ground. Engaging with artists and arts managers

Renew

- Post 2020: A new arts world
- Using the arts to move forward in a challenging time
- Surviving and thriving
- Creativity during isolation
- Rebuilding our communities through the arts
- Mental health through the arts
- Funding and funders

Researchers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations in 30, 60 or 90-minute slots (or other configurations as the conference team determines). Proposals from any related academic discipline may be submitted, so long as a case can be made for their relevance to the AAAE conference theme and/or areas of interest.

Please be sure to have the following ready in order to submit your paper proposal:

- Name, professional title (including student), institutional/professional affiliation, and email address for the author(s)
- Paper title
- Desired length of the online session, including time for Q&A
- Abstracts should be 500 words or less, including details of the research questions, methodology, and conclusions.
- Please do not include identifying information in the abstract as all submissions will receive a blind peer review by members of the Conference Planning Committee.
- Brief abstract summary (150 words or less) for inclusion in the conference program/schedule (may include identifying information)
- 50-word biographical note on author(s)
- Address how the paper aligns with the theme and/or its relevance to the field at large (do not include identifying information here)
- Author(‘s) Twitter and Facebook handles (if applicable). Please feel free to include institutional/program handles as well.

All submissions will undergo a blind peer review. The Conference Planning Committee will determine all accepted papers and the final composition of all panels.
Resources for first time paper presenters:

- Abstract Tips from Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Scribbr - How to write an abstract
- MLA Style Center- How to write an abstract 
- APA guidelines
- George Mason University Writing Center - How to write an abstract 

Session proposals can include panel discussions, teaching demonstrations, interactive workshops, group discussions, or presentations. Sessions will be programmed in 30, 60 or 90-minute slots (or other configurations as the conference team determines). The Planning Committee will only program a limited number of panels, so please consider alternate formats such as teaching demonstrations, interactive workshops, group discussions, or presentations of unique and replicable teaching and/or practice initiatives.

Please be sure to have the following ready in order to submit your session proposal:

- Name, professional title (including student), institutional/professional affiliation, and email address for the presenter(s),
- Session title,
- Desired length of the online session, including time for Q&A,
- Session description: Please provide a detailed outline of your proposed session
- Do not include identifying information in this description as the Planning Committee will be reviewing these submissions blindly,
- Brief session summary (150 words or less) for inclusion in the conference program/schedule (may include identifying information),
- Target audience(s),
- Proposed session length,
- Anticipated outcomes of the session (do not include identifying information here),
- Address how this session aligns with the theme and/or its relevance to the field at large (do not include identifying information here),
- Presenter(‘s) Twitter and Facebook handles (if applicable). Please feel free to include institutional/program handles as well.

PLEASE NOTE

- All presenters must register for the conference. AAAE members can secure the best rates for the event.
- First-time presenters will be prioritized
- Presenters are discouraged from participating in more than two sessions. Presenters may only lead one session.
- Anyone may submit a proposal for the AAAE conference, it is not a members-only opportunity. Master’s or Ph.D. students are encouraged to submit!
- AAAE will again be using Zoom as the platform for the online conference. AAAE staff will be available to assist presenters with tech and various Zoom features, such as breakout rooms and polls, if applicable.

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