I hope the people who responded to me personally will forgive me for this generic reply. Last year I mailed and handed out about 100 registration forms and information to many teachers who were enthusiastic to receive the information. I didn't see any of those folks at the conference, so you may understand why I'm not so eager to go through the trouble this year.
The Art/Math conference is usually held in the week preceding July 4. It is 5 days long and is held at SUNY Albany, NY. I have attended in the past two years. I have met toy makers, inventors, manipulatives dealers, painters, prominent sculptors, quilters, famous mathematicians, college profs, musicians, computer graphics wizards, movie makers, oregami enthusiasts, authors and educators. I have met the authors of many of the books I have on my shelves at work. I have met people from all walks of life... most of them much much more intelligent than I am (and I'm no dummy either). I've had breakfast, lunch and dinner with people I would never get to meet if I weren't at the conference.
The conference attendance is small enough that everyone attends the same sessions. I have picked up ideas for several museum activities and classes. I have learned about fabrication. I have learned that mathematicians argue about as much as historians ... they don't have "all the answers". I have seen a great variety of approaches to mathematics and to art. I have learned how to make an exploding origami dimpled cubeoctahedron... and no I can't send you directions, I figured it out after seeing it done.
I've received lots of handouts. I've watched fabulous films that HAVE to be run on a 16mm projector that dazzle the eye with abstract dances of symmetry.
Last year I took a Welsh mathematician "home" to my folks' in the Adirondacks. This year I made a friend to visit in the East village of NYC.
If you're interested, send e-mail to Nat Friedman ....
and he may put you on his mailing list.
I recommend it as one of the most educational, inspirational, and useful conferences I've attended. It cost a fraction of what I spent on NCTM. $125 registration and $55 a night for the hotel... less for dorm rooms (not luxurious) But really I hope you don't go. Part of its charm is its smallness.
Cathy Brady Math Specialist/Education email@example.com Maryland Science Center The monk picks up his bag "Beyond Numbers" and walks off. Baltimore's Inner Harbor