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,  


Propose a Workshop

INPIRE is the theme of the 2023 NYSATA Conference.
NYSATA seeks workshop proposals that inspire art educators to maintain their own creative and social-emotional health, grow their artistic and educational practice, and exert a positive and motivational influence through their interactions with colleagues, students, families, student teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, college faculty, museum educators, community members, and so many others. 

We invite you to come and share the many ways you have found inspiration and inspired others, so we can all learn and grow together. Some suggested connecting points: 

  • What connects, motivates, and inspires you as an educator, artist, and human?
  • How do you create a classroom environment that invites your students to be curious and inspired? 
  • What is the role of collaboration in inspiring creative solutions?
  • How can art teachers cultivate social and emotional health and a positive state of mind, even in challenging circumstances? 
  • What artists/educators/leaders inspire you and, in turn, your students? 
  • What resources can art teachers access to inspire themselves and their students?
  • How do you create a sense of acceptance and belonging, empowering students to use their own voice?
  • In what ways does immersion in your own artistic practice inform and inspire your work with students?
  • What technological platforms have inspired new out-of-the-box solutions?
CLICK HERE to Propose a Workshop



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

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

$ (no early bird rate)

Full Meal Package (Save $10): $
Friday Lunch: $
Friday Dinner Buffet: $
Saturday Lunch: $
Saturday Reception & Plated Dinner: $
Sunday Brunch: $
*includes 21% service charge

CLICK HERE for Payment 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. 

Registration will open in early September. 

  • 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. 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

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Mention that you are with the New York State Art Teachers Association Conference. 

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AT-A-GLANCE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Thrusday, November 17
9:00 AM–3:30 PM Preconference

Friday, November 18
8:00 AM–10:00 AM Continental Breakfast (Vendor Area)
8:00 AM–10:00 AM Commercial Exhibitors Exclusive 
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Super Session I: 
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: 
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–10:30 PM Artisan Market
8:30 PM–10:00 PM After Dark Event (Ticket Required) 

Saturday, November 19

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: 
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 20
9:00 AM–10:00 AM Super Session IV: 
10:00 AM–12:00 PM Region Awards Brunch 
(Regional Art Educators of the Year, Vendor Raffle)


Keynote Speakers






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.

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, 9-10:30 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.

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

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.