Day Eight’s annual arts journalism conference provides attendees a density of interaction with professional arts journalists through workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches. What began in 2017 as a ‘general’ annual arts journalism conference has over time taken on specific foci year on year. Click below to find details about recent conferences, including links to video recorded sessions. The conference is organized by a volunteer conference committee. If you’re interested to assist in planning or production of the next conference please contact us.

Recent Conferences


The 2023 conference focused on a trio of challenges for the theater community: the need for a more diverse critics corps, the need to bring audience back to the theater post-covid, and declining coverage in an age of media disruption.


The 2022 conference focused on book reviewing and was produced with partners Washington Independent Review of Books, Pen/Faulkner, HumanitiesDC, Alan Squire Publishing, Barrelhouse Books, The Writers Center, Capitol Hill Books, and more.


The 2020 conference focused on how arts journalists are responible for interpretation and transport of arts and humanities products across cultural boundaries.


The 2019 conference, produced in partnership with American University School of Communication and the American University Katzen Art museum, considered history and identity in arts journalism.


During the 2021 pandemic year, Day Eight produced a week-long online training in place of a conference. Learn more about the National Arts Journalism Institute here.


Day Eight’s annual arts journalism conference is produced within our arts journalism fellowship program. Learn more about the fellowship here.


Adjacent to Day Eight’s professional arts journalism training programs are our journalism and poetry writing programs for youth. Learn more about youth programs here.