As I sit in the ballroom, in the break between emerging artists presentation and closing lecture, I am reflecting on the events of this last week, as many of you are.  Saying goodbye to NCECA is always bittersweet.  I look forward to sleeping…  But the “let-down” feeling from seeing, in this year’s case, THREE  years of hard work come to an abrupt end is rough.  I am excited to see and hug my friends back home, and get on my bike for a nice long ride, but I am sad to leave my NCECA family behind.

As you return back to your regular non-conference life, (complete with sleep and stuff), I’d like to remind you to keep your eye on the blog for lots of year-round information.  And keep the app on your device to continue the conference connection year round!

One of the top things on my list will be to get as much conference content online as quickly as possible.  

You can help me figure out what to get up first by marking your attendance in the app and taking the short session survey there.   (YES, you can still do this after conference.)

NCECA will once again be preparing a full conference survey to get your feedback so that we can continue to improve each year!  Watch for that coming soon to your email, on Facebook, on the blog and so on.

I’d also invite you to start thinking now about exhibitions and programming in Portland,

Programming proposals are due May 4th!

If there’s something you want to see at the conference, propose it!

While the application period for curators of shows looking for a venue has passed,  The call for Venue Originated Exhibitions is open until June 1.  If you know of or are a great location in or near Portland which can mount a show, let us know!

My mentor, Glenda Taylor, spoke in her interview of getting involved in the organization by writing for the journal. In modern days, that translates to this blog. I am looking for individuals to write reviews of various conference events, from presentations to demonstrations to exhibitions.

If you have an interest in writing for the blog, please let me know!  And also continue to let me know if you have questions about NCECA things.  I plan to continue this weekly column sharing bits of information that you may not know.  Let me know what perplexes you!