Welcome to the Summer 2023 NOW Conference

Day One

Wednesday, July 26
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CT

Kick off the NOW Conference with Tim and Amanda for an evening of live artmaking, games, prizes, and giveaways!

Day Two

Thursday, July 27
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT

A full day of learning from our live presenters and keynote speakers. Plus, giveaways from AOEU and our conference sponsors.

Day Three and Beyond

Friday, July 28
Available 24/7/365

Dive into content and learn at your own pace, on your own time. Access the After Pass for a full year following the conference.

Create a unique art-themed snack for the conference and share it on social media using the hashtag  #NOWConference. The best snack will win free entry to the Winter 2024 Conference! Could your lunch be a Romero Burrito? A plate of Fusili Kandinsky? Whatever you come up with, we want to see it! 

Don’t miss the NOW Kickoff Event!

Wednesday, July 26 • 7-9 p.m. Central Time


Let’s Make a Deal!
Join the fun with your art teacher community! 

We have another exciting and hilarious game night for you! Come dressed in your best costume (optional) to see if you can win cash, prizes, and amazing art supplies, but watch out for the Zonks!


Artmaking Breakout Sessions
Take some time to make art for yourself!

Take your pick: Meera Ramanathan will be leading a session on kolam art, and Melinda Moen will be working on symbolic sketchbook covers!

Grab a beverage of choice, and join other art teachers for a night of fun and relaxation. 

The Main Event—Live on July 27

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Central Time

The Main Event NOW Conference Schedule


Joel Scholten — Abstract Landscapes

Francisco Matas — Building Relationships with Students From Day One

Catie Nasser — Animation Basics without Technology


Ruth Byrne — The Power of Storytelling in the Art Room

Nic Hahn — Utilizing Games for Student Engagement

Kristina Brown — Creativity and Idea Generation



Kaitlyn Edington — The Power of Drawing Prompts

LaTonya Hicks — Scaffolding Your Inquiry-Based Learning

Mariana VanDerMolen — Process-Based Artmaking


Davia King — Building Community Through Art: Collaboration, Connection, and Empowerment

Art Teacher Roundtable — Finding Success Through Reflection and Adaptation



Jonathan Juravich — Teaching with Purpose, Intention, and Joy

Katie White — Using Assessment to Nurture a Culture of Creativity

Meera Ramanathan — A Look at Podcasting with Students

Kimiyo Cordero — Rethinking and Reinvigorating Your Curriculum

The After Pass features the Main Event presentations plus an additional 15 presentations all available for asynchronous learning. 

The After Pass is an additional day of learning just for YOU. Find the presentations that work best for your students and your classroom, at your own pace, on your own time. The After Pass is there for you to dive into on Day 3 and beyond!

Explore presentations with content specifically for elementary, middle school, and high school, as well as presentations for teacher leaders and administrators.


Davia King

Building Community Through Art: Collaboration, Connection, and Empowerment

Davia King is an abstract expressionist and conceptual artist focusing on human connection. She was born on the edge of the scenic Wasatch Mountains in Provo, Utah, but the big city energy and culture of Los Angeles beckoned her, and in 2009 she moved to where she currently lives and works.

Find everything you need to know about Davia and her work at daviaking.com.

Tech Check!
The NOW Conference will take place on Zoom. Links are shared on the NOW Attendee Guide landing page and will be sent via email on the day of the event. Make sure you have a good wi-fi connection and can stream a Zoom meeting on your device.

Supply List

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper
  • Fine Point Permanent Marker
  • Pens, Markers, Pastels, or your other favorite tools for adding color
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paints and palette
  • Water cup, paper towels, and other painting supplies
  • Chenille Stems/Pipe Cleaners

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