THEME: Makers, Mentors, and Milestones
DEADLINE: June 24, 2015, 11:59pm MST (CLOSED)

NCECA seeks a diverse group of presenters that will appeal to conference attendees involved in K-12 education for its 50th Annual Conference, Makers, Mentors and Milestoneswhich takes place in Kansas City, Missouri, the geographical epicenter of the continental US.

Proposals for NCECA’s K-12 programming strand may incorporate content and discussion on best practices, arts integration, curriculum or program design, and/or other contemporary issues in K-12 education.  Students (Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate), Studio Artists, Educators (K-12, Community College, University), Gallerists, Curators, etc. are all encouraged to apply!

Makers, Mentors and Milestones will highlight modes of contemporary practice, celebrate the impact of influential figures and movements that have shaped the field, and create opportunity to envision collectively what lies ahead.  Presentations should explore the personal, social and aesthetic forces that animate creative work with elemental materials, methods and ideas in the midst of the information age.  This celebration will expand shared knowledge of the decorative and fine arts by examining and highlighting our diverse field’s place in historical society, contemporary culture and imagined futures.

NCECA reviews and selects programming from proposals submitted from the field as an important component of conference planning. Additionally, NCECA reserves the right to curate and develop programming that strengthens the quality and range of experiences related to the conference theme, sense of place, and other strategic objectives.

NCECA’s annual conference has earned a reputation worldwide as a premier event for ceramic art drawing thousands each year. Makers, Mentors, and Milestones will join ceramic art’s historic engagement with empirical research and discovery to today’s evolving creative commons.

Criteria for the Application Process:


The purpose of NCECA’s K-12 programming room is to share, promote and discuss ideas, techniques and practices for those involved or interested in K-12 education. Topics should be developed to appeal to K-12 educators in private schools, public schools, community centers, home school, and/or other educational frameworks.  Proposed topics and discussions should utilize the full time requested, presenters should expect to take questions from the attendees, and plan for a 5-15 minute reflection time at the conclusion of their presentation.

The presentation format is open to the presenter’s discretion (i.e. lecture, discussion, short demonstration etc.), and should fit within a 30, 60 or 90-minute time slot. In addition to lecture, panel and discussion-based presentation formats, hands-on demonstrations and practice may be possible to accommodate.

The K12 room will be have a laptop, LCD projector and screen. The room will not be outfitted with ceramics equipment or materials unless arranged for by the presenter.


Everyone is eligible EXCEPT for those who participated in the program in Providence, RI during NCECA 2015.  Participation is generally limited to only one presentation.


All proposals must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process (a link to the form is provided below). Proposals related to the Conference Theme of “Makers, Mentors and Milestones” will receive preference. Your ONLINE submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered. (Only .doc, .docx, .JPEG or .PDF files will be accepted):

  • Proposer Contact information – to include organization and occupation
  • Short Bio (Up to 300 characters)
  • Head shot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
    If your proposal is accepted the abstract, short bio/s, and headshot/s will be used for website and print publications.
  • Presentation Length – 30, 60, or 90 minute lecture or Panel (three panelists and one moderator) or hands-on demonstration.
  • Co-presenter (if applicable) – to include name, organization, occupation, email, short bio and headshot.
  • Panelists (if applicable) – to include name, organization, occupation, email, short bio and headshot for EACH.
  • Proposal Title
  • Proposal Description – a thorough description of what the presentation entails (2000 character limit)
  • Program Guide Abstract – very brief and thought-provoking (300 character limit)
  • Introductions - Is there a special mentor, colleague or friend who attends the conference that you would like to recommend to provide an introduction to your presentation? (NCECA reserves the right to assign individuals to introduce presentations when this field is left blank or the recommended person is unavailable.) Please provide his/her Name, Cell phone, Email

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A committee consisting of one NCECA Student Director at Large and three other art educators including a representative from the National K12 Ceramics Foundation Exhibition Board will review proposals.


Accepted presenters are eligible to receive a complimentary conference pass provided they are or become NCECA members at the time of acceptance. No other compensation is available for
K-12 presenters.

Presenters must understand that they are providing content as a service to the field. By accepting the invitation to present, presenters’ acknowledge NCECA’s rights to document their presentations and make available for publication presentation and written materials presented during the conference.

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If you have questions about presenting in the K-12 room, contact Mary Cloonan at:

If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact candice@nceca.net or kate@nceca.net