2020 Conference

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Regional Awards Recognition Sunday, November 22

The NYSATA conference is the largest professional development opportunity for art educators in New York State. For 2020, we have pivoted to a virtual event! You can expect the same quality of workshops, networking, and Commercial and College showcase opportunities from our virtual event that you have come to expect from our on-location conferences. We offer a range of options for you to choose from, all accessible through the powerful virtual event and social engagement capabilities in our WHOVA conference mobile and desktop app.

Registration includes a SWAG BOX (first 500 before November 1) and a complimentary AFTERPASS, enabling registrants to access recorded workshops and all posted workshop materials up to six months after the conclusion of the event.


NYSATA Member (Includes District Members)
Early Bird: $119
After November 1: $139

Full Time Student, Retired, or Unemployed Member
(verification may be required)
Early Bird $89
After November 1: $109

$199 (no early bird rate)

  • Early Bird Rate until November 1
  • Log in with your member Username and Password for member price
  • Membership expired or about to expire? NEW THIS YEAR! Renew and register in one form!
  • Pay with a credit card or school PO. If PO, you MUST register online first. Attach a printed or digital copy of your registration confirmation or invoice to the PO. PO or payment must be received before the event begins.

Please contact our Conference Coordinators at [email protected]

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NAVIGATE the event agenda and logistics, even without Wi-Fi or data. Access useful information through the Community Board

NETWORK effectively. Plan whom to meet by exploring attendee profiles and sending out messages

PARTICIPATE in event activities through session likes, comments, ratings, live polling, tweeting, and more


Week of November 9-14
Swag Boxes Arrive!

Friday, November 20
8:00–9:00 AM Welcome
9:00–10:00 AM Eric M. Scott
10:00 AM–12:00 PM Workshops  
12:00–1:00 PM Vendor Exclusive
1:00–2:00 PM Thom Knab
2:00–5:00 PM Workshops
5:00–6:00 PM Regional Hospitality Hour
7:00–8:00 PM Connect with the Artisans
8:00–10:00 PM Masked Task Party

Saturday, November 21
8:00–9:00 AM Welcome/Creativity Stretch      
9:00 AM–12:00 PM Workshops              
12:00–1:00 PM Vendor Exclusive          
1:00–2:00 PM Dr. Wanda Knight
2:00–5:00 PM Workshops
5:00–6:00 PM Exhibit Reception 
7:00–8:00 PM Art Educator of the Year 
8:00 PM–till? After Party

Sunday, November 22
8:30–9:30 AM Regional Awards Recognition Coffee Hour 

*Due to the uncertainty of planning through ever-changing circumstances, schedule is subject to change without advance notice. Registration includes complimentary AFTERPASS, enabling registrants to access recorded workshops and all materials up to one year after the conclusion of the event.

Super Session and Keynote Speakers

 Thom Knab
Thom Knab
President, National Art Education Association
NAEA 2018 National Elementary Art Educator of the Year
Friday 1 PM Super Session Keynote Speaker
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Wanda Knight
Wanda Knight, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art Education, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University
Saturday 1 PM Super Session Keynote Speaker
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Eric Scott
Eric M. Scott
Artist, Co-Founder Journal Fodder Junkies
Friday 9 AM General Session Featured Speaker,
Friday 2 PM Special Hands-On
Studio Session (Ticketed Event)
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Stewart Head Shot

Marilyn G. Stewart, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Art Education at
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Senior Author, Davis Publications
NAEA 2011 National Art Educator of the Year
Saturday 10 AM Extended
Interactive Session (Ticketed Event)
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Workshop opportunities include hands on, lecture, and round-table discussion format in addition to engaging keynote sessions and time to connect with colleagues. Attendance verification and CTLE credit are available for up to 14 CTLE hours.

Over 40 workshops are offered with no advance selection necessary; a small selection are ticketed FREE (register for a supply packet) or for a small fee (extended hands-on). A few include supplies that will be shipped to you. Please read workshop descriptions and materials requirements/recommendations carefully prior to registering for Ticketed Workshops. Preregistered and ticketed events are not refundable. 

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Members' Exhibit
Please consider participating in this virtual Members’ Exhibit opportunity. Work submitted must be 10”x10” in size and may be designated as “not for sale” or donated for auction to benefit the NYSATA Scholarship Fund.
Student Exhibit
Thanks to the magic of Google Slides, we will hold a virtual exhibit this year on the NYSATA website and in the Whova app. There is no fee to participate, but you MUST pre-register to have your student work entered into the exhibit. This exhibit is open only to NYSATA members who register for the conference. Registration is by teacher, not school district. Please do not add work of non-member colleagues to your exhibit. Details coming soon in your email.
Artisan's Market
Artisan vendors will have their website link and a description of their products posted in the Whova conference app and on the NYSATA website. Each artisan will be responsible for their own sales, shipping and any applicable sales tax. A registration fee of $20 per artisan will support our NYSATA Scholarship efforts. Artisans will need to register by November 1, 2020 on the NYSATA website. Watch for details in your email by October 1 or as soon as registration opens. All registered artisans must be NYSATA Members AND register for the conference to participate in this event.
Exhibitors Showcase

Our exhibitors have really stepped up this year with pre-recorded and live workshop sessions, product demonstrations, conference swag, and door prizes. There will be plenty of time to find out about new ideas, products, and ways of working with your students, both in person and remotely. Please visit our exhibitor’s Virtual Booths and thank them for their generous support.


NYSATA is an approved CTLE sponsor. Attendees will be provided with a tracking sheet to document their CTLE hours. CTLE certification can be obtained after the conference by inputting the CTLE tracking information in our CTLE Certification Form

USE THE CTLE PROCESS to VERIFY YOUR ATTENDANCE to YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT even if credit is not needed. Please check with your district for any prior approval necessary.

See the 2020 Conference CTLE Credit page for more information.

2020 Exhibitors Prospectus
Register as an Exhibitor NOW!

We welcome commercial, college, and non-profit exhibitors whose products and services are targeted to art educators. For maximum exposure, be sure to check out our Sponsorship Opportunities. Exhibitors are encouraged to conduct workshops to increase their contact with conference attendees.

Top 10 Reasons to Participate as an Exhibitor at the NYSATA Annual Conference
Please contact [email protected] with questions.

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2020 Platinum Sponsor