2014 National Forum

AEP 2014 National Forum in Pittsburgh, September 11-12

AEP is delighted to be bringing the AEP 2014 National Forum to Pittsburgh, the City of the Future, on September 11-12, 2014 during National Arts in Education Week. We are proud to partner with the Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) who will lead local planning efforts to make this a successful convening. The Arts Education Collaborative was established in 1998 to respond strategically to regional needs and to pursue opportunities that provide sustainable solutions to advancing arts education. The AEC supplies professional development to arts educators and develops programs and services that respond to assessed needs for providers of the arts.

Concurrent Session Proposals

AEP is pleased to announce the Call for Concurrent Session Proposals for the 2014 Arts in Education National Forum: Preparing Students for the Next America. Some of the nation’s most influential leaders will convene in Pittsburgh, September 11-12, 2014 during National Arts in Education Week to explore arts-centered solutions as states across the country implement higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America’s young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.

Within this context, AEP invites leaders across the country to share exemplary work supporting the national imperative to prepare all students for the next America. The deadline for proposal submissions is May 15. Download the Request for Proposals

Young Artist Award

As a signature program of the AEP National Forums, the Young Artist Award was established to highlight, honor, and support creative and talented students and their dedicated teachers. This year, AEP invites interested students to submit an original work of visual art inspired by what they picture as the future of education in America.

A national review committee will select a finalist whose artwork will be featured as the cover of the program booklet for the AEP 2014 National Forum on Arts in Education. The finalist also garners a monetary prize and takes the spotlight with his/her art teacher during a special award presentation at the Forum.

All applicants must be students between the ages of 12-18 residing in the Pittsburgh area. AEP accepts only electronic submissions at aepforums@ccsso.org. The deadline is April 30.

Download the complete guidelines and application materials. More information about the Young Artist Award is available on AEP’s Young Artist Award webpage.

Registration and Hotel

Registration for the AEP 2014 National Forum in Pittsburgh opens June 2. The Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh welcomes you as the official hotel of AEP’s National Forum with details coming soon on how to book your visit.

Registration Rates:

  • June 2 – Early-Bird Registration: $250
  • June 30 – General Registration: $275
  • August 25 - Late Registration: $300

Registration includes:

  • Access to both days of the National Forum
  • Admission to National Forum receptions

Registration Policies:

  • Single-day registration is not currently available for the 2014 National Forum.
  • Registration for National Forums is on a first come, first served basis.
  • General registration may end early if the meeting sells out.
  • Late registration may not be available if the meeting sells out. On-site registration is not guaranteed.
  • AEP is unable to provide refunds after general registration closes.


The AEP 2014 National Forum is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Education, Heinz Endowments, and Grable Foundation.

National Forum Media Sponsor






Youth in Arts Program Sponsor

WQED Pittsburgh