Chicago, our 2015 host city, is a city built on power—a city that once forced a river to change directions, rebuilt from a devastating fire, and emerged as a focal point of political power, economic power, industry, and innovation in the center of the country.

It is a city curved on a massive lake, threaded with a necklace of parks, cultural venues, and enclaves of artists and entrepreneurs who are today powering a new, creative, diverse future. Into this mix the Annual Convention comes to celebrate the role of culture in one of the largest and most complex communities in the United States.

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2015 Annual Convention News

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 4:39pm

Nominations for Americans for the Arts 2015 Annual Leadership Awards Are Now Open!

Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of six 2015 Annual Leadership Awards presented by Americans for the Arts. Presented each year in conjunction with Annual Convention, these awards recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations, or programs committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

Categories include the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award, the Arts Education Award, the American Express Emerging Leaders Award, the Michael Newton Award, the Selina Roberts Ottum Award, and the Public Art Network Award.

The nomination deadline has been extended to midnight Wednesday, April 1, 2015! You must be a member of Americans for the Arts to submit nominations, nominees, however, are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts. Members must login to their Americans for the Arts Account to submit a nomination.

Each award has its own evaluation criteria. Be sure to visit the rules and regulations for each award before submitting your nomination. Visit the Annual Awards page for more information or to submit a nomination.

Questions e-mail or call (202)371-2830 for assistance.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:38pm

Register today for the 2015 Annual Convention, taking place June 12–14, 2015 in Chicago! Save big by taking advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rate, which ends Friday, April 3, 2015.

See the schedule, read about the themes, and learn more about the Windy City!

It’s easy to register online, by fax, by scan, or by mail.

The conference will take place at the Chicago Sheraton, with more than 40 breakouts, three keynotes, three preconferences, two Workshop Intensives, a dozen ARTventure Tours, and an opening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art! Over the next few months we’ll be announcing sessions, speakers, and other special events. Stay tuned for more soon, but don’t wait to register! There's no doubt the 2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention will be the place to be this June!

Worried about registration costs? Check out our Ways to Save page for tips on how to attend on a tight budget.