On June 16-18, more than 1,000 arts professionals, community leaders, artists, and students will gather in San Francisco to ask and answer the question: how can the arts be most impactful for our communities and our country? How can the arts best plan for success in today’s world?

The 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is not only the best professional development opportunity of the year, but your chance to get to know—and learn from—your colleagues from across the country.

Join us for 35+ sessions, 100+ speakers, 3 keynotes and 2 preconferences on pressing topics including leadership, public art, advocacy and cultural equity.

2017 Annual Convention News

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:57am

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 2:49pm

There are only a few days left to register for the 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Francisco! Online registration closes on Friday, June 2 at 11:59 PM ET. Don’t miss out on the best professional development opportunity of the year and the chance to connect with more than 1,000 arts and community leaders from across the country.

When you register for Annual Convention, you can experience 4 keynotes, 38 sessions from 100+ speakers and 2 preconferences on racial equity and public art.

If you miss the online registration deadline, there's still a chance to register on-site during the conference for an additional $75 fee. Check out the online schedule to find daily registration times.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:15pm

Annual Convention is right around the corner! Wondering how to get out and enjoy San Francisco in between sessions and networking? Take an ARTventure with us!

Choose from 10 tours in some of the Bay Area’s most cultural areas and neighborhoods—including Chinatown, the Castro, Oakland’s Uptown, and the Presidio—while exploring themes of urban renewal, Latino and queer arts, arts and the military, and (of course) the Summer of Love.

ARTventure tours are limited in capacity and will sell out! Learn more and register at convention.artsusa.org/artventures.

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!