Call for Proposals

2021 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 

Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education

April 10 and 11, 2021


The call for proposals for the 2021 ABLE Assembly conference is closed. Please join us at the event, which will take place online April 1011, 2021.

Building on the tremendous success of the online 2020 ABLE Assembly conference, we're seeking proposals for 20-minute, prerecorded breakout sessions on the theme of Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education. This topic emerged as an area of interest among attendees at our 2020 ABLE Assembly, and we are excited to create the opportunity for deeper exploration in this area.

Conference Timeline

  • Deadline for Proposals: December 15, 2020
  • Notification of Proposal Acceptance: December 30, 2020
  • Deadline to Submit Presenter Agreement: January 15, 2021

By offering a fully digital conference, we have the opportunity to create digital learning modules that support learning at any time, as well as synchronous discussions. Breakout presentations will be pre-recorded, and speakers will be invited to focused discussion sessions to build from the digital learning modules they have crafted. Each digital learning module will include the recorded presentations, supporting materials, and a written component (a summary of the presentation and/or a longer paper). The combination of asynchronous digital learning modules and synchronous discussions provides conference attendees with a robust professional development experience, allowing them to engage when and how they learn best.

Furthermore, we stand deeply committed to providing a fully accessible conference experience. This includes comprehensive captioning of all presentations, which requires that presenters provide a script for their presentations.

Ahead of the conference, presenters will be asked to complete a few tasks to support the digital delivery of the conference:

  • Begin Learning Module Creation: February 15, 2021
  • Attend Training: Week of March 1, 2021
  • Record Breakout Sessions: Between March 15 and 26, 2021
    • Slideshow
    • Script of presentation
  • Final Content Submitted: April 2, 2021
    • Written component
    • Additional reference materials

Note that conference presenters will receive complimentary admission to the event.


Submit Your Proposal


Questions? Contact Rhoda Bernard, managing director, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, at