Join us for the 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Denver, CO!

On June 14-17, arts and community leaders from across the country will discuss pressing issues around public art, community development, education, advocacy and equity.

Annual Convention News

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:42pm
Marc Morial

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League and one of the country’s preeminent civil rights leaders, will launch the 2018 Annual Convention with an inspiring opening keynote. As president of the Urban League, our country's oldest and largest community based organization, Morial has used his platform to push for economic and political empowerment, combat racial discrimination, and support policies that encourage greater equity. Before his time at the Urban League, Morial was mayor of New Orleans, where he put in place a series of anti-crime measures and reformed the police department, setting in motion a precipitous drop in violent crime in the city.

In this inspiring opening keynote, hear Morial’s thoughts on what artists and arts organizations need to do to transform the country into the equitable vision we dream it can be.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:48am

Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a number of full ride and general scholarships to members interested in attending the 2018 Annual Convention in Denver June 14 -17.

Scholarships are available for emerging and mid-career leaders, practicing artists, leaders of color, leaders with disabilities, for each of our three preconferences, and more. Visit the Scholarships page for a full list of opportunities!

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 2 at 11:59 PM (EST). Applicants to Americans for the Arts scholarships must be current members. (Not a member? You can join now to become eligible for scholarships and other Convention discounts.) Individuals may apply for multiple scholarships but finalists will only be awarded one.

For questions regarding scholarships please contact Dennis Barrett at  For questions regarding your membership status, please contact or call (202) 371-2830.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:07am

It’s time to book your plans for the Americans for the Arts Convention Attendees2018 Annual Convention! Arts and community leaders from across the country will gather in Denver, June 14-17, to discuss pressing issues around public art, community development, education, advocacy, and equity. With ample outdoors opportunities, a health food & localvore movement, a booming wellness & healthcare industry, and, of course, a culture bursting with art, the Mile High City is an ideal setting for important conversations and a good dose of creative fun.
•    100+ speakers at more than 30 sessions
•    3 keynotes
•    Preconferences on public art, creative youth development, and equitable investment
•   10 ARTventure tours across Denver
•    Parties at top cultural venues
•    And more!
Register today and save up to $150 with our special Early Bird registration rate—the deepest discount we offer for Annual Convention! Early Bird registration ends Wednesday, April 11, 2018 and is available online, by fax, or by mail.

2017 Convention Livestreams

At the 2017 Annual Convention, we live streamed keynote speeches and sessions on public art, AEP5, community activism, leadership and politics, and more. Watch them here!



Highlights from 2017 Convention

View photo highlights of 2017 #AFTACON sessions, speeches and parties on Flickr.