The conference committee is thrilled with the quality of the submitted presentation proposals, with the number of proposals far exceeding the space available. Currently, selected proposals represent 22 states, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

On each of the classic conference days at UIW, Thursday and Friday, you will have a choice of 25 different sessions over 4 blocks of time each day.  As reviewers of the submitted proposals, these were very difficult decisions – each one is worthy of the entire conference audience!  So stay tuned for more specifics as we finalize the details.

Full conference information will soon be available in the conference app, Sched.

Wednesday
4:00 – 7:00 PM – Badge Pick-up and On-site registration, Grossman International Conference Center, Univ. of the Incarnate Word. Also, a good time to get help with the Sched app, which will be your primary tool to get the most out of the Annual Conference!

Thursday

7:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Registration Desk & Help Desk Open

8:30 – 9:15 AM – Opening Keynote Session: “Here We Are Now: Trusting Play”, Jill Wood

9:30 – 11:00 AM – Breakout Sessions

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Breakout Sessions

12:15 – 1:30 PM – Lunch (available both days for purchase from either the UIW dining locations or local food establishments, all within close walking distance.)

1:30 – 3:00 PM – Breakout Sessions

3:15 – 4:15 PM – Breakout Sessions

5:00 – 7:30 PM – It’s an IPA-USA PLAY takeover at the San Antonio DoSeum! (FREE with Full Conference This exciting evening, where IPA USA 2022 Annual Conference attendees enjoy free reign over these 68,000 square feet, begins at 5:00 PM and continues at 6:30 PM with a reception (on-site) that includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. At 7:30 your evening is free to explore San Antonio. Click the link above to learn more!

7:30 PM – Dinner on own

Friday

7:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Registration Desk & Help Desk Open

8:30 – 9:15 AM – Opening Keynote Session: “White Spaces, Black Faces”, Corliss Outley and Harrison Pickney

9:30 – 11:00 AM – Breakout Sessions

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Breakout Sessions

12:15 – 1:30 PM – Lunch (available both days for purchase from either the UIW dining locations or local food establishments, all within close walking distance.)

1:30 – 3:00 PM – Breakout Sessions

3:15 – 4:15 PM – Breakout Sessions

5:00 – 7:30 PM – An Evening of Play in Nature in the beauty of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. This evening begins at 5:00 PM with time to explore the many wonders the Gardens have to offer. At 6:00, we’ll gather for not only heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments (cash bar available), but we’ll also be treated to the wisdom of Claude Stephens. The evening concludes at 7:30, where you may remain at the Gardens until they close (schedule permitting), or venture into San Antonio.

Saturday

8:00 – 8:30 AM – TOUR DAY! Choose from one of four amazing, interactive options, all with lunch included. Arrive at UIW to prepare for tour departure.

8:30 AM – Buses depart UIW

8:45 – 9:00 AM – Buses arrive

11:00 – Lunch. Times are approximate, exact times may vary depending on the host location and itinerary.

11:45 AM – Buses depart for afternoon host locations (where applicable)

12:30 PM – Arrive at afternoon host locations

3:00 PM – Depart afternoon host

4:00 PM – Return to UIW

5:00 – 9:00 PM – You can’t leave Texas without a Hoedown, catered by Pinkerton’s! This evening will not only be dinner but dancing and drum circles as well. (Ticketed event. If you didn’t purchase a ticket with your registration, they will be available on-site at the registration desk.)

Sunday

9:30 AM-Noon: The Unconference!

Our Sunday UNCONFERENCE will focus on the collective “us” + the right-to-play movement:

  • What did we learn at the conference?
  • What inspired us and charged us up?
  • What blew our minds and touched our hearts?
  • And then most importantly: how are we going to bring it all home and take change-making ACTION in our own communities??

Hosted by Claude Stephens, but YOU are in charge. Together, the group will decide on the flow and format that will lead to discovery, challenges, discussions, and action steps.  Together we will tackle issues that you decide on. What subjects are rising up? What questions do we have? What support is needed? How are we going to collectively take play to the next level?

8:30 AM – Another option to start your day? Beastly Breakfast with Giraffes! (additional ticket required) While this overlaps with the morning of the Unconference, you will still return in time for the Play Festival!

1:00 – 4:00 PM – The Play Festival: bring your family, and join the community to bring PLAY to all. Here’s where the play is on display!

A good ol’ fashioned PLAY DAY with children and families from San Antonio communities! Fun is the name of the game as we transform a public space into a “play festival” with food, loose materials, bubbles, cardboard boxes, music, and more! See play and playwork principles in action and have fun letting the spirit of play wash over you in real-time. Join in the fun and help facilitate the play or just sit back and soak it all up. A real-life play finale!

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