2024 Summer Arts Integration PD Opportunities for Educators

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With the summer season comes professional learning for many teachers. This year, we’ve compiled a list of arts integration professional development opportunities for educators, along with arts education and creative exploration PD in all grade-levels and in as many different formats as possible. So no matter where you live or what your budget, you can build your skills and bring the joy of learning into your classroom next year.

Please note, as events are continually added by organizations, this is not an exhaustive list. We’ll do our best to update this throughout the season as we become aware of new opportunities. Additionally, we’re not able to share all local/regional events as this is a national and international platform. Your state-level arts organization should have that information and we highly encourage you to check their website as well. If you’d like to be included in this list, please contact us here.

Virtual Opportunities

These arts integration PD experiences are all available online.

  1. Summer Summit from The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. July 12- 14, 2024. Our 20th event is a 3-day online event with both livestream and on-demand access and now has multiple pricing tiers for any budget. Tickets: $35-95.

  2. Creative Pro Week by Adobe. July 8-12, 2024. Washington, DC and Online. CreativePro Week is the essential HOW-TO conference for creative professionals who design, create, or edit in Adobe InDesignPhotoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, or Microsoft PowerPoint. Great for educators who have to teach any of these products, as well. Tickets: $2,000+

  3. Momentum and Asynchronous PD Sessions by The Tobin Center. The Tobin Center hosts an Arts Integration Conference each summer and currently has openings for its last free asynchronous arts integration PD session with Melanie Rick. Date: June 10, 2024. Tickets: Free.

  4. The Accelerator by The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. This is our membership platform and provides you with access to all of our previous and upcoming conferences, as well as our PD workshop library, accredited online courses, and micro-credentials for CEUs. Monthly fee: $37/mo. Annual fee: $375/year.

    In-Person Opportunities

    These offerings are available in-person on location during the summer 2024 season.

  5. Arts and Education Conference by kidSMART.  June 25-28, 2024. New Orleans, LA. Immerse yourself in an experience that transcends traditional education, fostering creativity, and igniting a passion for learning. Tickets: $325.

  6. Destination Arts Integration by Any Given Child OH.  June 5-6, 2024. Manfield, OH. A two day conference for classroom teachers and teaching artists focused on arts integration professional development. Tickets: $75.

  7. Arts Express Summer Conference by BYU Arts Partnership.  June 4-5, 2024. Lehi, UT. Engaging and educational workshops in dance, drama, literary arts, music, media arts, visual arts, and arts integration in science, language arts, math, and social studies. Tickets: $110.

  8. Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference by Woodruff Arts Center. June 1, 2024. Atlanta, GA. Designed to serve educators of all grade levels (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12) and all content areas, this one-day, in-person event will explore best practices and innovations in arts education while providing educators exclusive access to world-class art, as well as meaningful opportunities to connect with fellow educators and related professionals. Tickets: $100.

  9. Arts Education Conference by The Kennedy Center. June 24-26, 2024. Arlington, VA. The Kennedy Center’s Arts Education Conference focuses on sharing promising practices prioritizing arts education, inclusive of arts integration in schools. The conference is appropriate for teachers, principals, school district administrators, and partnering arts organization staff and teaching artists. Tickets: $399.

  10. Focus on Arts Integration Conference by Focus 5. July 9-10, 2024. Denver, CO. Join Focus 5’s powerhouse presenters and some of the nation’s most passionate educators as we immerse ourselves in creative pedagogy that explores the seamless connections between arts and academics. Tickets: $425.

  11. Summer Institute for Creative Teaching by Indiana Arts Commission.  July 10-12, 2024. Lebanon, IN. A three-day, in-person learning experience for Indiana educators. Through hands-on experience and collaboration with peers, participants will learn effective and innovative teaching strategies to implement in their classrooms. The program includes engaging artistic activities and opportunities to explore how creative teaching can enhance curriculum. Tickets: $75-110.

  12. Arts Integration for Diverse Learners Institute by the Barnes Foundation. July 31-August 2, 2024. Philadelphia, PA.This three-day institute focuses on the power of using art to teach, to heal, and to connect with students. Join us for hands-on workshops about creative object-based and social-emotional learning strategies led by Barnes educators and special presenters, exclusive access to the collection and the special exhibition Matisse & Renoir, and the opportunity to prepare for a class field trip to view Mickalene Thomas: All About Love this fall. Tickets: $150.
  13. Arts are Core Conference by Utah State University Logan Campus. August 1, 2024. Logan, UT. A one-day arts integration conference for K-6 classroom teachers, arts educators, pre-service teachers, school administrators, teaching artists, and partnering arts organizations.

  14. Summer 2024 Arts Integration Conference by Arts Every Day. August 7-8, 2024. Baltimore, MD. AED’s annual summer conference provides teachers in all content areas from Baltimore City and the surrounding regions with a multitude of engaging opportunities to learn about arts integration and how it can positively impact student learning.

Lifelong Learning is a Verb

While professional development is something we teachers are required to do to stay current in our licenses, it’s also an action that models to our students what it means to be a lifelong learner. Our field is constantly changing and evolving – which is exciting! Each year, there’s something new to learn or share. This list is just the start of the arts integration and STEAM opportunities that are out there. Let’s keep exploring together.