2017 Annual Convention News

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:11am
Bryan Stevenson

We’re excited to announce  the 2017 Annual Convention opening keynote from Bryan Stevenson! As the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and an acclaimed public interest lawyer, Stevenson has dedicated his career to fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination.


In addition to his work in the courtroom, Stevenson is helping shepherd powerful works of public art like the Memorial to Peace and Justice, which will feature the names of more than 4,000 victims of lynching.  In his opening keynote, Stevenson will share his personal story and talk about the crucial role of arts in pursuing the dream of equal justice and cultural equity. Stevenson will be joined on stage by moderator Deborah Cullinan, executive director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and a driving force in placing the arts at the center of supporting healthy, vibrant, equitable communities.


Visit the
Schedule At-a-Glance to see more new sessions, presenters, and other weekly program updates.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 4:46pm

There have been reports of a phone scam where Annual Convention attendees were offered special housing reservations as rooms are quickly filling up. Do not give your credit card number or any personal information to anyone who calls you for a hotel reservation.

Our Convention hotel, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, will never call you to ask for a credit card number.  To book a room in our hotel block, reserve online or call 1-800-HILTONS. If you receive any suspicious calls or have any questions about the hotel reservation process, please contact us at events@artsusa.org or (202) 371-2830.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 1:24pm

Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a number of full ride and reimbursement scholarships to members interested in attending the 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco June 15-18, 2017.

Thanks to the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the San Francisco Arts Commission, scholarships are also available to California-based artists and cultural workers, including those from the Bay Area.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, March 3 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).  Applicants to Americans for the Arts scholarships must be current members. Non-members can apply to the scholarships for California artists and cultural workers. Individuals may apply for multiple scholarships, but finalists will only be awarded one scholarship.

Visit the Ways to Save page for a full list of opportunities. 

For questions regarding scholarships, please contact Abe Flores. For questions regarding your membership status, please contact membership@artsusa.org or call (202) 371-2830.

Highlights from 2016 Convention

View photo highlights of 2016 #AFTACON sessions, speeches and parties on Flickr.

 

 


2016 Convention Livestreams

We live streamed 12 sessions at Convention this year, including keynote speeches, sessions on public art and arts advocacy in an election year, and a special concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Watch them all here!