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2023 State Arts Agency Arts Education Managers Professional Development Institute

2023 State Arts Agency Arts Education Managers Professional Development Institute

Salt Lake City, Utah | November 07 - 09, 2023

For more than 30 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) have supported professional development programming for state arts agency arts education managers. The annual Professional Development Institute (PDI) provides meaningful leadership development and technical assistance for this diverse field. As a result, arts education managers are knowledgeable leaders in their field through a peer network that new and seasoned managers alike find invaluable.

Through a cooperative agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts, NASAA is able to offer a $500 travel stipend to each state to assist its state arts agency arts education manager’s travel costs for the PDI. States are strongly encouraged to make every effort to support full participation by their arts education managers.

The purpose of the Professional Development Institute is to equip participants with skills necessary to succeed in their roles as state arts agency arts education managers. PDI attendees will gain job-specific tools and knowledge that are relevant across a wide array of state needs and circumstances.

This year, PDI programming will focus on strategies to ensure all learners, especially those in underserved communities, have access to high-quality arts education. Discussion will encompass impactful approaches to grant funding, services, research and partnerships.

Guiding Question & Outcomes

The 2023 PDI agenda responds to the following guiding question:

How can state arts agency arts education leaders use the tools uniquely available to them to meet the multiple challenges of the postpandemic moment?

  • Learning Outcome 1: PDI participants will build their capacity to “lead from the middle” as a member of a state arts agency team.
  • Learning Outcome 2: PDI participants will increase their knowledge about how arts education supports well-being in a postpandemic environment.
  • Learning Outcome 3: PDI participants will learn skills to communicate the benefits of arts education in a dynamic policy landscape.


Registration is $75 per attendee and includes the following: New Managers Luncheon (as applicable), Opening Reception & Plenary Session; lunch on Wednesday, November 8; and SAA Regional Groups Breakfast on Thursday, November 9; and transportation between local hotel and off-site conference venues.



Download the 2023 PDI Draft Agenda

Hotel Reservations

The NASAA discounted rate per room is $128 per night (plus tax). The cutoff date for securing rooms through the NASAA discounted rate is October 16.

To reserve your room at Hotel Monaco, make an online reservation using this link:

The link will bring you to a hotel landing page with a date range to fill in and a blue “Book Now” button. You must use the link above in order to access the NASAA group rate. (If you access the hotel website otherwise, you will see a red “Book Now” button, which does NOT lead to the NASAA group rate.)

Please be sure to closely review the hotel website for additional fees, including late check-out costs.


Header image: The Salt Lake City skyline glimmers with the Wasatch Mountains in the background. Photo © 2010 by Steve Greenwood, courtesy of Visit Utah

Large square image: On the final day of the June Summer Eagle Camp at Nebo Title VI Education Program, a pow-wow demonstrates dances the children learned, the regalia they made and other arts experiences. Photo by Jean Irwin, Utah Division of Arts & Museums