The Washington Art Education Association held its annual conference at Western Washington University Oct. 14-16, 2016, hosted by the Department of Art & Art History. Over 200 participants attended the conference. The participants were from all over Washington State, BC Canada and Portland. The fall conference is the only professional development conference specifically designed by and for art educators in Washington State.
Over 36 sessions were held, with the main focus on keynote speakers, hands-on art sessions, and best practice lectures. The conference was attended by K-12 arts educators from across Washington state. Presentations and other resources, including the daily agendas are available on the WAEA website.
The WAEA ia an all volunteer, non-profit professional organization and the state affiliate for the National Art Education Association. Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. NAEA Members include elementary, middle, and high school visual arts educators; college and university professors; university students preparing to become art educators; researchers and scholars; teaching artists; administrators and supervisors; and art museum educators—as well as more than 54,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society. The NAEA has members in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, U.S. Possessions, most Canadian Provinces, U.S. military bases around the world, and 25 foreign countries. Washington State has 322 members.