The Association for the Study of Play Holds Annual Conference at The Strong

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

March 27, 2017

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Association for the Study of Play (TASP)
Holds 2017 Annual Conference April 5–8
at The Strong®

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK—Play scholars from 21 states and 10 countries (Brazil, Canada, England, India, Ireland, Peru, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the United States) will converge at The Strong in Rochester, New York, for The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) 2017 Annual Conference, which will be held Wednesday, April 5 through Saturday, April 8. This is the third time that The Strong has hosted the TASP conference.

This year’s conference theme is “Playful Communities” and speakers from a multitude of disciplines (including anthropology, education, music, child and family studies, sociology, and psychology) will reflect upon the ways families, schools, neighborhoods, cities, and other communities can promote play. The conference features prominent keynote speakers—play theorist Bernie DeKoven, author of The Well-Played Game; Montana Miller, associate professor of popular culture at Bowling Green University and author of Playing Dead; and David Reeks and Renata Meirelles, award-winning filmmakers and play researchers from Brazil. 

Additional presentations cover theory and research that inform play scholarship and its application, as well as workshops and informative sessions on current play provision programs. Attendees will also have access to The Strong’s array of play resources and receive tours of its Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play and Woodbury School facilities.

To register, or for more information, visit

About The Association for the Study of Play

The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) is a professional organization in academia dedicated to interdisciplinary research and theory construction concerning play throughout the world. Presently the Association publishes a quarterly newsletter titled Play Review and an annual volume titled Play & Culture Studies. The Association’s broad multidisciplinary focus includes the fields of anthropology, biology, communication studies, cultural studies, dance, ecology, education, ethology, folklore, history, kinesiology, leisure studies, musicology, philosophy, psychology, recreation, sociology, and the arts.

About The Strong

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.