Conference Highlights

CSEA/SCÉA represents art educators, students, and artists in schools, universities, and art galleries. We are dedicated to advancing the visual arts as essential to students and learners everywhere because art education is the conduit to holistic human growth and development, both affective and cognitive. The visual arts are implicit in and expressive of culture. Engagement in and with the visual arts has the power to transform who we are individually and collectively. Conceptions of theory, research, and practice are highlighted at our conferences, in our publications, and in art teaching and learning in all public and private education institutions in Canada.

For the 2024 National Conference, participants will be coming from across Canada (and beyond) to attend workshops and presentations on Art Education. Our conference participants include elementary and secondary Visual Arts teachers, post-secondary educators, graduate and undergraduate students, teacher candidates, art consultants, community art educators, program coordinators, as well as museum/gallery educators and administrators. With more than 50 sessions on offer, this year’s program features a variety of formats, including thematic sessions, workshops, demonstrations, and scholarly presentations by artists, art teachers, educators, researchers, graduate students, and community members.

Conference delegates can look forward to the following:

June 27 Thursday evening’s opening reception will feature registration, an Indigenous smudging ceremony, a keynote address by JJ Lee, and the opportunity to connect (and re-connect!).
June 28 Friday will include hands-on workshops, demonstrations, paper presentations, and panels; the Graduate Student Symposium; the Gaitskell Memorial Address by Ray Cronin; and the exhibition opening of NSCAD’s Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) Student Show at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.
June 29 Sessions will continue on Saturday. Highlights of the day include the Webb Family keynote address (featuring Renee Forrestall, Marie Webb, Nick Webb, and Millicent Webb), the national Awards Ceremony honouring Canadian art education award recipients, and a formal lunch, all taking place at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
June 30 Sunday will see even more workshops, demonstrations, and paper presentations, leading up to our Members' Meeting.

Other benefits and activities:

Complimentary rides on Halifax transit;
A conference bag including an art-making opportunity;
A copy of the Canadian Art Teacher (poster edition);
Free admission to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Saturday (June 29) & Sunday (June 30);
A two-day Trade Fair on Friday (June 28) and Saturday (June 29) offering information, books, and other products;
A Raffle;
Discounts offered to delegates by participating Halifax businesses; and
An invitation to the CSEA/SCÉA’s Student Art Exhibition, (IN)SIGNIFICANT, opening immediately following the conference at the Natural History Museum in Halifax.