About AEP National Forums

With the goal of strengthening our nation’s public education system, AEP’s National Forum convenes the country’s foremost leaders to discuss what works in arts education and to advance best practices that help ensure a complete education for every child in America.

AEP National Forums provide a platform for sharing emerging research and shaping policy recommendations that improve schools and help students succeed. With attendance of approximately 300 leaders, the National Forums have featured speakers such as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, National Endowment of the Arts former Chairman Rocco Landesman, education author Dr. Milton Chen and many other prominent figures.

About the Audience

AEP National Forum attendees include leaders from the education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic sectors. They are administrators, advanced practitioners, consultants, directors and researchers engaged in and committed to arts learning and education reform. The level of the conversation is one that aids these leaders in their decision making and program development, and also informs the current and future work of their organizations. AEP National Forums do not offer teacher professional development workshops or opportunities to earn continuing education credits. Currently, AEP National Forums do not offer opportunities for vendors or exhibitors.  (Learn about past AEP National Forums)

What to Expect at the AEP National Forum

  • Plenary Sessions featuring keynote speakers and panels of experts
  • Small Group Discussion Sessions on research, policy and practice
  • Student Showcases and the Young Artist Program celebrating local student artists
  • Networking Receptions on the opening and closing evenings