2017 Annual Convention News
Today’s art organizations have the unique opportunity to create racial equity within their own organizations and inspire new narratives in their communities. On June 15, a new Racial Equity Preconference will offer professionals tools and skills to build a more equitable future!
Join us in San Francisco for this hands-on workshop and learn vocabulary, how to create written and verbal commitments, and ways to craft a meaningful equity plan.
You can register for the 2017 Racial Equity Preconference online, by fax or mail.
With your registration, you’ll get:
- A full line-up of more than 100 speakers and 35 sessions on topics including leadership, public art, and cultural equity
- Opportunity to network with more than 1,000 arts professionals, community leaders, artists, and students
- The chance to explore San Francisco during the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love!
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.
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!