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2021 NCECA Virtual Conference
March 17-21, 2021

NCECA’s virtual conference platform will appeal to many attendees of the place-based annual event, while also being accessible to those who have been unable to participate in the past. Many of the details of the 2021 virtual conference continue to develop and NCECA more about the event will be shared in the weeks ahead.

A program filled with rich and varied content will be complemented with a series of online exhibitions, and a resource hall for vendors, schools, and organizations will all be included. The 2021 NCECA Annual at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, the 2021 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition at DAAP Galleries of the University of Cincinnati, and the 2021 Multicultural Fellowship Exhibition will move forward with installations in Cincinnati. The venues will be accessible to visitors in accordance with local guidelines, and NCECA will work with them to share the exhibitions virtually.

Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions

Waterways, natural and constructed, are key features of the Cincinnati region. Poet Langston Hughes captured an essential metaphor for the ways in which water courses through time and territory to mirror the experience of our inner lives. “My soul has grown deep like the rivers,” tells us that our lives are forever changing, our life spans occupying but a fraction of the events that occur throughout the natural and crafted world over time. Knowledge and experience change us, our personal courses moved. The Seneca gave us the name Ohio meaning great river. Rivers are essential to ceramic art’s natural and cultural histories. Clays, minerals, stories, ideas, and aspirations of those who create are all transported through rivers’ currents, figurative and literal. Like clay hardened in fire, rivers far outlast us.NCECA has been honored to work with members of the arts and cultural communities of Greater Cincinnati over the past several years to plan a March 2021 conference. The COVID-19 crisis is still very much with us. When NCECA’s leadership learned in late August that indoor public gatherings in Cincinnati remained limited to no more than 300 participants, the organization made a decision to begin preparing for a virtual conference rather than one based in Cincinnati in March 2021. Relationship building in Cincinnati is deeply valued. Plans are already underway to secure a date for a for a future conference there when travel and gathering are safer for our communities.

  • Online through the NCECA MemberSuite User Portal with a computer or mobile device
  • Over the phone by calling NCECA at 303-828-2811, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm , MST,

  • A valid credit or debit card
  • An account on the NCECA MemberSuite User Portal

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BEFORE PROCEEDING, please review instructions, policies, and all registration options. Select the fee that best suits your personal needs and circumstances.

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    • 2. You will be directed to the NCECA Virtual Conference Registration page, click the blue


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    • 3. The system will prompt you to login to your User account. If you do not have a User account, you’ll be able to click on the

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    • link to create one.
    • 4. Once logged in, you’ll be directed to the registration page where you’ll select your registration type, answer registration questions, and click


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The pandemic has exerted extraordinary impacts on our field. NCECA has adopted a flexible pricing model for this event. Most of the registration types include a Standard or Student membership for this year only. In response to the pandemic, NCECA created a low priced Covid Response registration option. This option does not include membership and provides access to content from March 17-21, 2021 only.

Do you need a sign language interpreter or other special assistance? Please contact Conference Manager Dori Nielsen via email to Requests made 15 days prior to the event start date will be accommodated to the best of NCECA’s capacity.


ADMISSION – Your registration fee covers access to virtual content for one person. If you have multiple attendees from an organization or university, each person must register individually and follow prompts for access into the purchased content.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY – No refunds will be granted for registrations to virtual content. If you are unable to view any purchased content during the scheduled webcasting times, all events in the Conference will be recorded and available for replay on demand. If you registered at a rate that includes NCECA membership, you will be able to access this content on the event website for up to one full year following the opening date of the event. Those who registered at a rate that does not include NCECA membership will be able to access content only during the event dates. Please visit our FAQ page for more instructions on accessing the archived recordings. If you have any additional questions about cancellation, refunds, or access to archived recordings please contact us at or

CONFIRMATION – All attendees who provide an email address will receive confirmation of registration via email. Please review confirmation notices carefully. If you have not received a confirmation notice within 24 hours of submitting your registration, or if you have questions or challenges during the registration process, contact us at or

PRIVACY POLICY – NCECA takes privacy seriously. The information we collect via registration is used to provide you with services which you have requested from us. By submitting information via registration for this event, you consent to share your data in accordance with the guidelines of our privacy statement. To learn more, visit:

METHOD OF PURCHASE – Registrations for online events can only be made via credit or debit card through the online registration portal.

MEETING SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY – NCECA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants, including all virtual/online events. All participants, including but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, Americans for the Arts staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by the Meeting Safety & Responsibility Policy. This policy applies to all NCECA meeting-related events, including those sponsored by external organizations but held in conjunction with Americans for the Arts events, in public, private, or online  environments and facilities. To learn more, please visit

PHOTOGRAPHY, AUDIO, AND VIDEO CONSENT CLAUSE – Attendance or participation in NCECA meetings and events or other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant or attendee to NCECA’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image and voice in photographs, audio, video, and electronic reproductions of such events and activities by NCECA and other third parties, including but not limited to the virtual event platform, venue, and local hosts.

RECORDING REPLICATION AND RESALE POLICY – Content produced by or for NCECA on any medium may not be recorded and reproduced/resold or distributed without the express written approval from NCECA. For inquiries on access to content and resources beyond that included in your registration, please contact us at

HARASSMENT POLICY – NCECA is dedicated to a harassment free experience for all conference participants and does not tolerate harassment in any form. Harassment is any oral, written, physical, or other form of conduct that denigrates, seeks to intimidate or coerce, discriminates against, or shows hostility toward any person on the basis of race/ethnicity, religion, age, gender, gender expression or identity, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, geography, place of origin, marital status, familial status, or other personal characteristics. To learn more, visit:

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESSIBILITY – To support a full creative life for all, we at NCECA commit to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable nation. In that spirit, we are committed to making our meetings and events as equitable and inclusive as possible. Attendees needing accommodations for any learning environment may contact Conference Manager Dori Nielsen at

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