2018 Convention Highlights

Our thanks to the city of Denver for being a welcoming and dynamic host for the 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention! If you’re missing it as much as we are—or you missed out and didn’t get to join us—here are some highlights from the weekend.

Annual Convention News

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:05am

The 2019 Annual Convention kicks off with two creative rock stars! Architect Michael Murphy and artist Hank Willis Thomas use art and design to engage with the difficult parts of our shared history as Americans and to spark in people a desire to be better. From the Memorial of Peace and Justice, which Murphy designed and Thomas contributed sculptures, to the For Freedoms national billboard project, Murphy and Thomas create art based on deep and genuine community dialogue.

June 13-16, join us for the 2019 Annual Convention as Murphy and Thomas explore how arts organizations can engage genuinely with the creative lives and heritages of all people.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:45am

This year's Closing Keynote features two renowned artists—2019 Johnson Fellow and theatremaker Mark Valdez and rapper Christian Parrish Takes Gun (aka Supaman), who will explore how artists engage culture and heritage to bridge divides and strengthen community pride.

Supaman, a Native American dancer and innovative hip hop artist, spreads a message of hope, pride and resilience through his unique fusion of traditional and modern culture. Valdez, theater artist and cultural organizer, has used theater and creative tools to address community needs and highlight community voices for more than two decades. Erik Takeshita, Community Creativity Portfolio Director at the Bush Foundation, will moderate the discussion. Join us in the Twin Cities to hear from these innovative artists!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 8:21pm

No matter your organization's size or budget, we want to make sure you have the chance to attend the 2019 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention!

This year, 69 full-ride and partial scholarships are available for arts professionals like you.

Scholarships are available for emerging and mid-career leaders, practicing artists, leaders of color, leaders with disabilities, Minnesota cultural workers, and more. Visit the Scholarships page for a full list of opportunities.

Apply by Monday, March 11 at 11:59 PM (EST) to join us in the Twin Cities on June 13 -16!

Convention Livestreams

Highlights from 2018 Convention

View photo highlights of 2018 #AFTACON sessions, speeches and parties on Flickr.

Session Presentations

Looking for the slides from your favorite sessions? We've got you covered.

We will be adding presentation slides as we receive them on each session's schedule page. Find links to all sessions from our Schedule at a Glance page.

Social Media Wrap-Up