Introduction to Emerging Conversations

Emerging Conversations is an academic club that was established in 2012 and primarily organized by graduate students in the Art and Visual Culture Education (AVCE) program. Emerging Conversations supports the National Art Education Association Student Chapter at the University of Arizona by raising money to support travel funding to attend annual national conferences and other professional and social activities. Emerging Conversation has the desire to create a platform to exchange ideas and dialogues between Tucson and Phoenix areas art educators and artists. It reflects forward thinking and community building.  It stands as recognition of the work currently being explored in the field of Art and Visual Culture Education generally, and the desires of the students in the program.

Mission and Goal of Symposium

The format of the symposium is designed to include as many voices as possible. Instead of focusing primarily on graduate student research, the symposium chose to open up proposals to all those interested in topics pertaining to AVCE.  The call for submissions encourages undergraduates, graduates, practicing teachers, artists, museum educators, community outreach professionals, researchers, etc. to bring their ideas to the table.  The symposium is formatted in ways that topics can be discussed broadly and represents the various perspectives that influence art and visual culture education.


It will feature a variety of practice, theory and research based-presentations related to this years theme of Intersection, as well as a curriculum fair created by teaching students from the department of Art and Visual Culture Education. The curriculum fair will be available for interactive and conversational viewing along with refreshments and light snacks after the round-table engagement. This event can also help teachers earn Professional Activities Credit, to learn more click here.


We are accepting proposals until Sunday September 25th, and hope to have an event schedule available online soon afterward.

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