AEP Annual Convening

Through exploring the latest research, innovative practices and emerging policy approaches, the AEP Annual Convening actively supports the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life.

The 2018 AEP Annual Convening: “The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success” took place Sept. 12-13 in Indianapolis.

The agenda included engaging panel discussions and concurrent sessions that explored the latest research, innovative practices and emerging policy approaches that highlight the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life.

Click here to explore videos, presentations and photos from this two-day event that AEP partner organizations and all arts and education leaders and stakeholders can utilize and share.

Save the date! The 2019 AEP Annual Convening will take place Sept. 11-12 in Alexandria, Va.


The 2017 AEP Annual Convening: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success took place Sept. 6-7 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The 2017 AEP Annual Convening provided a valuable platform for examining research, education policy and effective practices for improved student outcomes. It convened arts and education leaders from across the nation to share their work supporting the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life.

Click here for resources and highlights from the 2017 AEP Annual Convening!

AEP Annual Convenings bring together leaders from the arts, business, cultural, education, government and philanthropic sectors. Attendees include administrators, advanced practitioners, policymakers, consultants, directors and researchers engaged in and committed to arts learning and education improvement. The 2017 AEP Annual Convening served to inform participants’ decision-making, aid in program development and advance the work of their respective organizations.

The 2017 AEP Annual Convening explored arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America’s students have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts by addressing the priority areas outlined in AEP’s 2020 Action Agenda.

  • Priority Area 1: Raise Student Achievement and Success.
  • Priority Area 2: Support Effective Educators and School Leaders.
  • Priority Area 3: Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment.
  • Priority Area 4: Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge.