The Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference will take place in New York City from 13-15 September. The conference theme is Artist as Instigator: The Role, Responsibility and Impact of Artists in Global Communities

Carnegie Hall, DreamYard, and Lincoln Center Education will host the ITAC4 conference in New York City. This conference brings together teaching artists along with organizations, funders, researchers, and other leaders from around the world to explore key issues of participatory arts practice in a dynamic mix of practical workshops, keynote speeches, site-specific observations, and round-table discussions.

ITAC4 follows three previous International Teaching Artist Conferences, the first held in Oslo in 2012, the second in Brisbane in 2014, and the third in Edinburgh in 2016.

ITAC4 will investigate:

  • What is the role of teaching artists as contributors to social justice?
  • What is the responsibility of 21st century artists as they engage in different communities?
  • How can artists transform schools and institutions of learning in radical ways?


Delegate applications and proposal submissions are now being accepted. Click here to apply.

Attendance at ITAC4 is limited in order to ensure a balanced delegation of artists from around the world and representation from a variety of roles and disciplines within the field. All applications will be carefully reviewed and delegates will be notified by mid-May. Upon e-mail notification that the application has been approved, attendees will be allowed to submit payment and complete their registration.



PAYMENT DEADLINE: Friday, June 15, 2018

Conference Delegate Package


  • $225 Discounted rate for freelance artists/individuals
  • $300 Individuals from organizations

Conference Package:

  • Attendance and participation at all conference presentations and sessions from Thursday, September 13 – Saturday, September 15, 2018.
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all conference days
  • A welcome reception and special performances
  • All conference materials

*Optional Pre-Conference Workshops and hosted, small-group dinners will be available for an additional cost. More information coming soon.

Payment Policies

Conference registration and full payment must be received by deadlines to qualify for published rates. All funds payable in US dollars.

Cancellation Policies:

If a delegate is unable to attend the conference for any reason they may substitute someone else from the same organization. If a delegate is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer their place to another person, then the following refund arrangements apply:

  • Cancellations made prior to June 1, 2018: refund of 75% of fees paid.
  • Cancellations made between June 1 – 30, 2018: refund of 50% of booking and accommodation paid.
  • After June 30, 2018, conference fees are non-refundable. Accommodation fees paid, subject to individual hotel policies.

Travel and Accommodations

ITAC4 Conference Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel and hotel accommodations. ITAC4 has arranged for a block of rooms at discounted rates at these area hotels.

The Empire Hotel

  • Rate of $259 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees
  • To reserve, call 1-855-265-7400
  • Reservation deadline: 5pm ET on August 11, 2018

Ameritania Hotel

  • Rate of $269 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees
  • To reserve, call 1-855-779-5050
  • Reservation deadline: 5pm ET on August 7, 2018

Other discounted accommodations may be available directly through these sites:

YMCA – Manhattan West Side

Online Conference

If you are not selected as an ITAC4 delegate, or are unable to travel to New York City for the conference, you can still experience ITAC4 through a live online stream of conference sessions and exclusive interviews and discussions.Stay tuned for more information.


We want to make sure that the conference is accessible to everyone who wishes to attend. Access provisions include:

  • All venues fully wheelchair accessible
  • Large print conference materials available upon request
  • All keynote sessions and panel discussions include sign language interpretation
  • If you have specific needs that make attendance difficult and/or if there are any materials or adaptation that would make it possible for you to attend, please let us know via email at
  • A limited number of financial assistance packages made available for individuals who find the conference fee a barrier to attending and who meet the assistance criteria