CONFERENCE 20202020-07-14T15:40:16+00:00

Saturday, October 24, 2020

In a time when there are so many distractions and so much (mis)information; how do we know what to focus on? How do we as educators decide what content, ideas, and voices to focus on and share with our students? And now, how do we as art educators help our students maintain their focus while schools around the country face the challenges of remote learning?

At our AENJ 2020 ONLINE conference, you’ll find that FOCUS

– Demonstration Video Sessions (previously hands-on sessions) will be up to 30 minutes.
– Best Practice Video Sessions will be up to 25 minutes.

Register TODAY!

Current Members

$90(+ $50 dues)

Student Members

$40(+ $20 dues)



Still want conference merchandise? Check out our ONLINE STORE to get all your AENJ gear!

Questions? Contact our conference chair, Lora Marie Durr.

Online Conference Features:

  • Live sessions with nationally recognized keynote speakers.
  • Over 70 pre-recorded sessions by NJ’s top art educators.
  • Featured pre-recorded sessions from invited, nationally recognized experts in the field of art education.
  • Best practice and demonstration presentations on timely topics such as ED&I, SEL, the NEW NJ Standards, SNAE, and more!
  • Information that can be implemented with students immediately – in the classroom or through remote learning!
  • Swag box mailed to the first 200 registered participants!
  • Access to the content through December 31, 2020!
Register TODAY!

Live Session Keynote Speakers

Laura & Matt Grundler: Team Grundler

As creative collaborators and arts advocates, Laura and Matt Grundler strive to help connect the dots for educators by building a professional learning network infused with art.  They understand the power of the creativity to transform learning and work to empower educators to leverage this power.  The Grundler’s are art educators from Plano, Texas. They are also proud parents, bloggers and founders of the popular Twitter Chat #K12ArtChat and “The Creativity Department” podcast.   After teaching middle school art and high school art, Laura received an MA in Educational Leadership and worked as an assistant principal before moving into the role of district Visual Arts Coordinator, Matt started out as a graphic designer; however after finding the commercial side of design to be unsatisfying, he soon found his niche as a K-5 Art teacher and now teaches middle school art. Both Laura and Matt are passionate about raising their three creative kids, sharing their love of art education with their professional learning network and continuing to grow everyday.  Their work has been recognized by their school district, featured in the local press and honored by Texas Art Education Association, with the 2nd ever Lone Star Advocacy Award for their commitment to arts education.  They have also been recognized by the National Arts Education Association with the Art and Technology Community Service Award.  Laura and Matt have consulted with and written for the Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM, Scholastic Arts Magazine, and now Adobe Edu.  They enjoy consulting and presenting about creativity, arts education, and STEAM both locally in Texas and throughout the United States. 

Michael Bell: From Moments to Movements

Michael Bell is a renowned American artist, TED speaker, author and educator with family roots in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. As an artist, Bell is most famous for his larger-than-life sized narrative painting series and for his celebrity portrait clientele, which includes John Gotti, Dominic Capone and numerous actors from the Sopranos, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale and more.

As a former 3X national award-winning teacher of the year, some of Bell’s honors include: the Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, the CollegeBoard’s William U. Harris Award, the NAEA’s National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year Award, the Los Angeles Good Shepherd Community Service Award, and Scholastic Art National Medalist Educator honors. Bell is National Board Certified and has spent his career pioneering the Visual Journaling movement, in addition to being a champion for children Autism and World Mental Health matters. Prepare to get out of your comfort zone and become inspired to make “Moments into Movements” fearlessly with Michael Bell.

Bell currently resides in Maryland and is Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. Website:

Invited Guest Speakers

Dr. Patty Bode, Devon Calvert, Libya Doman, Bob Reeker, Punk Rock Classrooms, Nic Hahn, Vanessa German, Bill Rembert, James Rees & Flavia Bastos, Phd., Don Masse, Rich Stachon, Tamara Torres, Lauren Stichter, Tim Needles, Matt Young, Beth Link, Dr. Michelle Livek, The Anti-Racist Art Teachers, Dr. Cam McComb, Sydney Snyder, Wynita Harmon, Ed. D, Debi West, Julie Sawyer, Cindy Parsons, Shannon Gagne, Nicole Bastiaanse-Fritch, and many more!

Book Club Information for 2020!

During our online conference we will have two live sessions to discuss our member-recommended summer reading titles. We hope you enjoy these selections and join us for the live sessions on October 24, 2020!