New York State Art Teachers Association 75th Annual Conference
November 17-19, 2023 • Crowne Plaza (formerly the Desmond) • Albany, NY 

in•spire (ĭn-spīr′) transitive verb1
1. to exert a stimulating, enlivening, or animating effect on; to spur on, impel, motivate; to invigorate
2. to instigate; to give rise to, stir, bring to action; to influence, move, or guide 
3. to bring about, incite; to draw forth or bring out
4. to spread by indirect means or through the agency of another
5. to inhale; to breathe or blow into or upon; to infuse (something, such as life) by breathing2

Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. It propels us from apathy to a heightened awareness of possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities.3  We all know someone who inspires us. From family members to famous artists to renown leaders, there are those who fill us with enthusiasm and make us want to do more with our lives. But what does it take to inspire others?

In a school culture obsessed with measuring achievement through test scores, art educators look deeper to see students as human. They share joy, motivation, and enthusiasm; they understand how the healing power of art can cultivate students’ connectedness to self, others, and the world. They recognize that inspiration can be activated; and it can have a major effect on student outcomes, providing both the means and the motivation to rise above, be creative, approach goals with positivity, learn from others, and achieve enhanced well-being.4

1. A transitive verb requires a direct object (receiver of the action of the verb) 

2. Definition of inspire paraphrased from
3. Scott Barry Kaufman in Harvard Business Review,  



NYSATA Member (Includes District Members)
Early Bird: $169
After November 1: $199

Full Time Student, Retired, or Unemployed Member
Verification may be required.
Early Bird: $130 
After November 1: $160

$255 (no early bird rate)

*Friday and Satruday AM Continental Breakfast Buffet Included FREE with Registration

Full Meal Package: $230
Friday Lunch Buffet: $35
Friday Plated Dinner: $55
Saturday Lunch Buffet: $35
Saturday Plated Dinner: $65
Sunday Brunch: $40

*The Albany Crowne Plaza Hotel is renown for high quality dining. Meal ticket pricing includes appetizer, entree, dessert, and mandatory 22% service charge.

CLICK HERE Cancellation and Refund Policy

CLICK HERE for a letter of support to share with administrator


Register here for conference workshops, meals, and/or special ticketed events. 


  • Log in with your member Username and Password for member price. Membership needs to be current at the time of the event to receive the member rate. 
  • Membership expired or about to expire? Renew and register in one form!  
  • Pay with a Credit Card, mailed check, or school PO. 

Registration or payment questions? 
[email protected]

 Paying with a school PO? 
  1. Get school district approval FIRST; know what fees the district agrees to cover.
  2. Log in and register yourself online. Choose registration and any meal options or ticketed events you wish to attend. Choose the PAY LATER option for payment.
  3. You'll get an email confirmation and invoice with detailed payment instructions and address.
  4. Attach a printed or digital copy of your registration confirmation or invoice to the PO. PO must be received prior to the start of the event. 
  5. You are responsible to pay any remainder not covered by your school district. 
Hotel Reservations

Conference Hotel: Crowne Plaza Albany (The Desmond Hotel), 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211 
Room Rate: $130 single or double occupancy
Phone: 518-869-8100 Use Group Code ATA
Online Booking Link: NYSATA Annual State Conference BOOK HERE

The online booking link automatically defaults to a specified date (November 16). If you need to change the date, use the CHANGE SEARCH link in the upper right to select a new start date for your stay. 

Please note the reservation cut off date of November 1

Overflow Hotel: Hotel Trilogy Tapestry by Hilton (directly acrross the street from the Crowne Plaza Albany) 
Rooms are held at the block rate of $130 plus taxes until the end of the day November 3rd. Guests can call the hotel directly at 518-869-9100 and refer to the group name, NYSATA.

AT-A-GLANCE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Thrusday, November 16
9:00 AM–3:30 PM Preconference

Friday, November 17
8:00 AM–10:00 AM Continental Breakfast (Vendor Area)
8:00 AM–9:00 AM Commercial Exhibitors Exclusive 
9:00 AM–11:00 AM Super Session I: Jason Blair
10:00 AM–1:00 PM Commercial/College Exhibition
10:00 AM–1:00 PM Workshops
11:00 AM–2:00 PM Lunch (Timed Tickets) 
1:00 PM–2:00 PM Super Session II: Andrea Kantrowitz
2:00 PM–5:00 PM Workshops 
5:30 PM–6:30 PM Regional Hospitality/Meetings 
6:30 PM–8:30 PM Awards Dinner 
(Ray Henry, Special Citation Business & Institution, Student Scholarships) 
8:30 PM–10:00 PM Artisan Market
9:00 PM–11:00 PM After Dark Event (Ticket Required) 

Saturday, November 18

8:00–10:00 AM Continental Breakfast (Vendor Area)
8:00 AM–9:00 AM Commercial Exhibitors Exclusive
9:00 AM–1:00 PM Commercial/College Exhibition 
9:00 AM–1:00 PM Workshops   
11:00 AM–2:00 PM Lunch (Timed Tickets) 
2:00 PM–5:00 PM Workshops
1:00 PM–2:00 PM Super Session III: Grace Lynne Haynes
5:45 PM Member & Student Art Exhibit Opening 
6:30 PM–9:00 PM President’s Reception & Dinner 
(Past President Recognition, Special Citation Member, Outstanding Service, NYS Art Educator of the Year)
9:00–12:00 PM Dancing to D.J 

Sunday, November 19
9:00 AM–10:00 AM Super Session IV: Jade Warrick
10:00 AM–12:00 PM Region Awards Brunch 
(Regional Art Educators of the Year, Vendor Raffle)


Keynote Speakers


Jason Blair
Creatiivity Specialist

Friday 9 AM Super Session Keynote Speaker
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Andrea Kantrowitz
Director of Art Education, SUNY New Paltz

Friday 1 PM Super Session Keynote Speaker
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Grace Lynne Haynes
Visual Artist and Painter

Saturday 1 PM Super Session Keynote Speaker
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Jade Warrick

Sunday 9 AM Super Session Keynote Speaker
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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 available for up to 16 CTLE hours.

Approximately 100 workshops are offered with no advance selection necessary, some have a supply fee for full participation (see descriptions); a small selection are ticketed for a fee (extended hands-on). Please read workshop descriptions and materials requirements/recommendations carefully prior to registering for Ticketed Workshops. Preregistered and ticketed events are not refundable. 
CLICK HERE for details.

Friday After Dark
Please join us Friday 9-11:00 PM for a CTLE-eligilble eveninig of fun, learning, and connection through intuitive drawing with Andrea Kantrowitz. $25 ticket includes a complimentary beverage of choice, all supplies, and many eye-opening aha moments. 
Members' Exhibit

Participation is FREE to all NYSATA Members who donate work (you don't need to register for the conference to contribute)! Please consider participating in this Members’ Exhibit opportunity, held both in person AND virtually. 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. 3-D work is accepted this year!  
CLICK HERE for details.

Student Exhibit

Participation is FREE to all NYSATA members who register for the conference! Thanks to the magic of Google Slides, we will hold a hybrid exhibit this year on the NYSATA website and in the Whova app as wel as a physical exhibit onsite. Participate virtually only or both onsite and virtually.  
CLICK HERE for details.

Artisans Market

Participation is $25 per artisan for NYSATA member conference attendees. Onsite show and sale will take place at the Doubletree Hotel, Binghamton, on Friday November 18, 8:30-10:00 PM. Artisans are responsible for their own sales, shipping and any applicable sales tax.  
CLICK HERE for details.

Commercial and College Exhibits

Our exhibitors have really stepped up this year with 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 2023 Conference CTLE Credit page for more information.


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.

2023 Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus
CLICK HERE to Reserve a Booth or Table

We are pleased to contract with Northeast Events Services (NEDS) as our exhibit hall services provider. Use the exhibitor forms and documents below to order drayage service and additional equipment.  COMING SOON. 

2023 NYSATA Exhibits Installation Info
2023 NYSATA Equipment Rental Form
2023 NYSATA Freight Form
2023 NYSATA Freight Shipping Label

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