We all know there is strength in numbers. Take this opportunity to learn from, be inspired by, and get support from arts professionals like you from across the country this June in Nashville, TN.

This year we’ll continue to exchange ideas that are innovative, inspirational, and sometimes controversial. Bringing our field leaders, networks, and peer groups together helps achieve our common mission of advancing the arts in America.

Nashville is place for inspiration - and we guarantee you’ll be inspired! This year’s Convention includes three preconferences (on Public Art & Placemaking, Arts Education & Advocacy, and Arts Leadership), three hand-picked keynotes, more than 30 specialized breakouts, and a fantastic reception at the expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum!

You can’t miss it!

2014 Annual Convention News

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:27pm

As a city bursting with incomparable arts experiences and cutting edge culture, Nashville will be an unforgettable experience for Annual Convention attendees. Here are the top 10 things you should look forward to at the 2014 Annual Convention:

  1. The Opening Keynote, The Power of Art to Transform People, will kick off the Convention with a thought provoking journey through Ben Folds’ personal history and perspective on the transformative nature of the arts.
  2. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene and unlike any traditional museum you’ve ever visited. There is always something new and exciting to see in this magnificent Art Deco building.
  3. Visit The Parthenon, in Centennial Park, the only full size replica of the original Greek icon, and host to the tallest indoor statue in North America.
  4. Network with more than 1,000 professionals from 350 communities across the country, and be inspired by more than 100 speakers.
  5. Connect with colleagues and friends at the Opening Reception held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. View memorabilia, examine mural art, and take away a print from Hatch Show Print, one of America’s oldest letterpress shops.
  6. Tour Ryman Auditorium, designed by architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson, and see the premier stage where Teddy Roosevelt spoke, John Philip Sousa played, Houdini escaped chains, and James Brown sang.
  7. Stop by Cheekwood—owned by the founders of Maxwell House coffee brand—which features an art museum, the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, and eleven botanical gardens.
  8. Pinewood Social is the perfect spot for coffee, lunch, dinner, drinks, bowling, bocce ball, singing karaoke, or just hanging out!
  9. Visit the Johnny Cash Museum, a collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the legendary musician’s life, and grab a copy of the newly released lost album, Out Among the Stars, at the Museum Store!
  10. Walk through 5th Avenue of the Arts to experience art galleries and shopping in the same historic buildings where young student activists held sit-ins and protested social inequality.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:05am

Register today for the 2014 Annual Convention, taking place June 13-15, 2014 in Nashville, TN. Save big by taking advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rate before April 4, 2014.

See the schedule, read about the themes, and learn more about the vibrant host city!

It’s easy to register online, by fax, by scan, or by mail. To take advantage of the special Early-Bird rate, your registration must be received by April 4, 2014 - so act now to lock in savings!

Over the next few months we’ll be announcing sessions, speakers, and other special events (Honky Tonk Crawl anyone?) - but you don’t need to wait to register, do you? We have more than 50 years of this meeting under our belts, so you know we do it up right - and there is no doubt the 2014 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Nashville will be the place to be this June!

For other ways to cut costs on a tight budget, visit our Ways to Save page.