Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions
55th Annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art – Cincinnati, Ohio March 17-20, 2021

Deadline MAY 27, 2020 (11:59PM EDT) (Closed)

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If you have questions about leading a Clay Conversations group, contact Director at Large, Zach Tate zach.nceca@gmail.com

Many presenters who had invested months preparing outstanding content for the 2020 conference in Richmond have expressed interest in carrying this work forward into 2021 conference programming. Consideration of proposals for additional content for Cincinnati will be particularly thought provoking and challenging. Of particular interest will be presentations that contribute to new insights on the rich ceramic histories of the greater Cincinnati Region and those of relevance to our shifting strategies for teaching, learning, making, and connecting in the time of COVID 19. 

What are Clay Conversations?

Clay Conversations are interactive, conversational sessions scheduled to take place on Wednesday (the first day of the annual NCECA conference). The purpose of these sessions is to foster collegiality and communication between conference attendees with shared interests. Rather than formal presentations, these sessions are meant to initiate dialogue early in the conference week and enable those with similar interests to meet up so that they can sustain communication throughout the conference and beyond. All session leaders should be prepared to facilitate highly interactive discussion groups on the topic proposed. The proposer of the session should indicate whether the intention is to make formal introductory remarks or simply share questions for group reflection during the session. Facilitators are encouraged to invite additional questions from participants.

Please use the application if you are interested in convening a group of people to share discussion surrounding a topic you care about. Alternate submission portals exist for those who wish to make formal presentations at the conference. Image presentation technology will not be available during Clay Conversations sessions.

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. If you have questions about leading a Clay Conversation group, contact Director at Large, Zach Tate zach.nceca@gmail.com

• Sessions are 1 hour in length. Proposed topics and discussions should utilize the time allotted.
• Presenters should create proposals that are not dependent upon technology (i.e. projectors and laptops will NOT be available).

Everyone is eligible EXCEPT for those who participated in the program in Minneapolis, MN during NCECA 2019. 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 Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions
will receive preference.

***IMPORTANT***Although the system that supports this submission form does not currently include an active word counter, NCECA asks all applicants to note and adhere to word count limitations that are identified in open fields.

The best way to do this for most applicants will be to compose responses to these open fields first utilizing the word-processing software on your computer or device and take advantage of the included word-counting tools.

Once composed, proofed, and counted, you can copy your text from your local word processing software into the appropriate fields in the form. Please note that in some instances, special characters copied from word processing platforms may be converted in the form system. For this reason, we caution applicants on the use of special characters where not absolutely necessary.

NCECA reserves the right to exclude applications that disregard word count limits and to edit any and all text submitted for reasons ranging from space allocation to style, fluency of language, and grammatical concerns.

Your ONLINE submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered.
Please prepare BEFORE starting the form. (Only .doc, .docx, or .pdf files will be accepted):

  • Name/contact information will auto-populate once you log in to the NCECA database.
  • Website (enter url or indicate NONE)
  • Current Occupation
  • Short Bio (Limit 50 words)
  • Headshot (upload as jpg, 100dpi 2”x3”)
  • Proposal Title
  • Proposal Description (Limit 325 words)
  • Program Guide Description (Limit 50 words)
  • If your proposal is accepted the Program Guide Description, short bio, and headshot will be used for website and print publications.
  • Identify tags and target all appropriate audiences (list provided on form)
Proposal abstracts will be made available to a committee including at least one NCECA board member for review prior to making. Make sure your online submittal is complete. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by email as soon as possible.  
A 2021 conference registration and NCECA membership for the 2021 calendar year will be provided. 

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If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with your submission, please contact BOTH support@nceca.net AND kate@nceca.net