International Arts and Learning Conference: Proposal to Give a Parallel or Poster Presentation

Call for Presentations

For more than 6,000 years, travelers have made their way to the intersection of two rivers – the Assiniboine and the Red - a historic meeting place. This place of convergence is located at the center of modern Canada where the fabric, strength and resiliency of the country have fostered an innovative approach to welcoming and supporting a wide diversity of languages, cultures, nationalities and perspectives.

In October 2019, delegates committed to arts and culture, education, recreation, health, therapy, medicine, humanities and community, together with First Nations and other stakeholders will gather in this welcoming site from across Canada and around the globe. The conference will confront an increasingly intolerant, uncaring and violent world and in doing so will assert the power of the arts to heal, to connect, to construct knowledge, to build bridges across borders, to foster inclusion and to nurture reconciliation.

This creative exchange will include streams of social justice and reconciliation, of health and well-being, of digital innovation and communication. Interweaving these streams and diverse perspectives, we will generate an inclusive, viable and sustainable vision for the future of the arts and learning sector together with a compelling call to action.


The conference will explore the following themes:

  • the impact of social, political and economic disruption on arts and learning practice and programs – in schools, in communities, in professional arts organizations, in other sectors committed to and delivering arts and learning experiences.
  • the opportunities, challenges and possible pitfalls for arts and learning in a digital age
  • the opportunities through which arts and learning can help build a more tolerant, safe and democratic society and promote reconciliation
  • opportunities through which arts and learning can promote mental and physical health and well-being
  • the strategies that can be employed to ensure the survival of artistic learning in all contexts and sectors

All presenters must register for the conference. Registration will be available on the CNAL/RCAA website.

Invitation to apply to give a parallel or poster presentation

This invitation is extended to all stakeholders and includes research presentations, case studies, local initiatives and program descriptions related to the themes and/or streams of the conference. Presentations are welcome in French or English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available only in plenary sessions.

Deadline to Submit: July 31, 2019 (extended)
Notification to Successful Applicants: July 31, 2019
Notification of Presentation Time: August 31, 2019
Conference Registration Deadline for all Presenters: September 15, 2019
Note: Early bird registration will remain open until August 15, 2019

Parallel Sessions

Each parallel session will be one hour in duration and will include two separate but related presentations. Each presentation will be no more than 30 minutes long including any question period.

Poster Presentations

A dedicated time will be scheduled for poster presentations.

  • Posters must comply with a standard poster format no larger 36” x 48”
  • Posters must be foam core mounted for hanging on a flat surface.

Deadline to submit: July 31, 2019 (extended)

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Please note that parallel presentation submissions are now full.  We will continue to consider post presentation submissions.