2019 Conference

Call for Research Papers and Session Proposals

38th Annual Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference
May 30 – June 1, 2019 • Madison, WI

Please watch this space for more information about the conference!

Session determinations will be announced in early 2019.



The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) and the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at The University of Wisconsin seek submissions for the 2019 AAAE conference, taking place May 30-June 1, 2019 in Madison, WI. The deadline for all submissions is November 21, 2018 has been extended to December 1, 2018.

AAAE represents college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration, encompassing training in the management of visual, performing, literary, media, cultural and arts service organizations. The organization consists of more than 150 member programs, all training and equipping students in arts leadership, management, entrepreneurship, cultural policy, and more. AAAE’s network of faculty and their alumni are the cornerstones of local arts communities across the globe. The organization serves as a convener, a resource, and an advocate for formal arts administration education.

Practitioners and researchers from all arts and cultural disciplines are welcome submit papers and proposals for this conference. Individuals need not be members to submit.



The Future of Arts Administration Education:
Evolution, Reinvention, and Transformation

Arts administration education has existed as an academic discipline for almost 50 years. In that time, our field has defined and discovered the principles behind the business of the arts, and codified them in academic settings. The result has been nothing short of revolutionary–the formalization and maturation of an entire field of study and practice. As we begin to move out of our early years as a field, how can we expect arts administration and higher education to change? What seismic shifts will revolutionize our discipline? This year’s conference will examine the geopolitical shifts, business model evolutions, and reimagined educational experiences that are pointing us all toward the next iteration of arts administration education.  


Proposals that relate to the theme will be most fully considered for the conference. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Arts-based Business and Community Development

Emerging Pedagogies

Diversifying the Arts Administration Education Pipeline and Field

Evolution of Higher Education

Disaster Response and Recovery

Arts Philanthropy and Giving Philosophies

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Reinvention in the Arts, Culture, and/or Arts Administration

Race and Gender Issues in the Arts and Higher Education FIelds

Crisis Management in Arts and Culture

Cases for Change in the Arts

National or World Trends in the Arts

Internationalization and Cross Border Collaboration



Researchers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations. Proposals from any  related academic discipline may be submitted, so long as a case can be made for their relevance to the AAAE conference theme and/or areas of interest.  

Research sessions will consist of three 20-minute paper presentations, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Individuals may submit a single abstract or a proposal for an entire research session ((three abstracts + a 1-page overview on the session topic and participants).

Abstracts should follow these formatting guidelines:

  • 500 words or less, including details of the research questions, methodology, and conclusions

  • Must  include: paper title, name and email address of author(s), and 50-word biographical note on author(s).

  • Formatted in Times New Roman 11 point font.

  • Final files should be in a PDF format and e-mailed to conference@artsadministration.org. Please be sure the subject line reads: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION. Only one abstract or session proposal per email, please. Session proposals (three abstracts + a 1-page overview on session topic and participants) should be a single PDF file.

All submissions will undergo a blind peer review. The programming board will determine all accepted papers and the final composition of all panels.

Please watch this space for more information about the conference!

Session determinations will be announced in early 2019.


Sessions will be programmed in 40 or 90-minute slots (or other configurations as the conference team determines). The committee will only program a limited number of panels, so please consider alternate formats such as teaching demonstrations, interactive workshops, group discussions, or presentations of unique and replicable teaching and/or practice initiatives.

Interested Individuals may submit a session proposal at the link below. Please be sure to have the following ready in order to build your session proposal:

  • Name and contact information of all session presenters
  • Session Title and Description
  • Key Audiences
  • Anticipated Outcomes of the Session


All presenters must register for the conference. AAAE members can secure the best rates for the event.

Anyone may submit a proposal for the AAAE conference, it is not a members-only opportunity. Additionally, the committee will consider presentations submitted by advanced (Master’s or Ph. D. candidate) students.

The deadline for submissions is November 21, 2018 has been extended to December 1, 2018.


Please watch this space for more information about the conference!

Session determinations will be announced in early 2019.

Madison STD