National Association of Play and Art

George Szekely-Founder of NAPA

Conference Chair and Executive Director of NAPA

Come Play with Us

@ the 2019 conference!

August 15th and 16th @ The University of Kentucky

Lexington is very family friendly.

Plan on staying and spending the weekend here. We are preparing an exciting list of venues to explore.

*Come to the conference with play ideas to share with your colleagues.

What is Play and Art?

George Szekely started the study of play and art and has been writing about it since 1975. As creative players students can prepare for art classes with materials and ideas and transform open ended objects by self-prescribed investigation. Play is part of a life-long artistic behavior.

Conference location:

College of Art and Visual Studies

University of Kentucky

Conference Hotel:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lexington-Downtown/University

Play Area

Play areas will be set up around the building.


From leaders in the field.

Field Trips

To play sites in Lexington


How to set up a play based classroom…Incorporating play in all gradesMoving play from home to schoolThe study of children’s play in developing a curriculumHome chores and children’s play

NAPA Conference 2019



9-10 am MEET THE PARTICIPANTS: A creative play celebration, a sharing of experiences, and how our professional camaraderie began.


Dr. George Szekely welcomes art teachers and engages in an illustrated discussion of his journey to becoming an advocate for play in the art class. A primer for setting up and conducting the play-based art classes.

10-12 pm A SELECTION OF SPECIAL WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES presented by experienced art room players

12-1 pm LUNCH TIME FUN with food plays, including prizes.

1-2 pm WORDS OF ADVICE, WARNING, AND ENCOURAGEMENT from a distinguished roster of invited presenters.

2-4 pm VISIT TO LEXINGTON LANDMARKS IN PLAY AND ART TEACHING: Artplay, Art and Play Studio, and Lexington Children’s Museum.

5 pm, GROUP DINNERS: and the conversation continues. Sign up for dining in one of the many fine restaurants in the city. At each site you will be joined by one of our Lexington Play and Art advocates for a great meal and gentle idea sharing.

Day 2


8: 30 – 9 am LIGHT BREAKFAST and warm morning greetings

9 : 10 am A SPECTACULAR KEYNOTE BY a long-time friend and special supporter of Play In Art Classes.

10-12 pm MORE, FINE, HANDS ON WORKSHOPS: presented by guest artist-players from all over the country.

12-1 pm LUNCH TOGETHER, and a special visit to Szekely’s House of Treasures, the art-play store room.

1-3 pm LET’S PLAY TOGETHER: Group Art Playing Activities that can be used in every classroom.

3-4 pm END OF CONFERENCE GATHERING: a conversation with NAPA leaders Ilona and George Szekely.

Action Plans for what will you be taking to your classroom?

See you next year!

Spend the weekend with your family in Lexington

-This is the weekend for the Woodland Arts and Crafts Fair!!!!

-Many wonderful hiking spots from the Gorge, to smaller trails

-University of Kentucky Art Museum

-21C Downtown Museum Hotel

-This is the Bourbon Capitol and there are many wonderful tours

-Go to the KY Horse Park

-Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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