About the 2016 PDI

For more than 20 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) have supported the Professional Development Institute (PDI) for state arts agency (SAA) arts education managers. Guided by the collaborative planning of the Arts Education Working Group, which includes NEA and NASAA staff, as well as a committee of volunteer SAA arts education managers, the PDI provides meaningful leadership development and technical assistance for new and seasoned managers alike. As a result, the members of this peer network serve their individual agencies and the diverse, dynamic field of arts education as knowledgeable and proficient leaders.

The 2016 PDI takes place September 13 – 15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

The purpose of this year's PDI is to strengthen targeted management skills and share adaptable resources and strategies in service of the guiding question.

Guiding Question

How can our efforts to characterize inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in arts learning support our development as champions for these practices within our agencies, states and the larger arts sector?


Building on themes from previous PDIs, such as developing and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and leveraging shared resources to improve arts education policy and practice, the 2016 PDI outcomes are:

Outcome 1: Articulate an actionable, applicable and evolving model of IDEA for lifelong arts learning in our individual states.

Outcome 2: Gain tools for talking about IDEA from the perspective of an influencer.