About the 2019 Annual Convention

Annual Convention | Twin Cities, MN | June 13–16, 2019

Art is fundamental to building genuine community. This has always been at the heart of Annual Convention but this year we're underlining it in bold, with ALL CAPS. From the sessions and speakers to the Twin Cities, the 2019 Annual Convention is all about how the arts build civic engagement, give us the space to investigate our past and future, and create lasting positive change.

Hands-on Sessions and Preconferences

Whether you’re an emerging leader or a veteran of the arts field, Annual Convention offers you practical professional development from arts leaders with in-depth experience. This year, we’re bringing you 30+ workshops, panels, and interactive sessions on community development, arts education, leadership, equity, public art, advocacy, and more.

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Inspiring Speakers

From public officials and trailblazers like John Lewis and Nancy Pelosi to transformative artists like Robert Redford and Theaster Gates, Annual Convention keynote speakers connect the power of the arts to public policy, social justice, business, and community.

Learn more about this year’s keynotes >>

Photo Courtesy of Paisley Park-NPG Records and Meet Minneapolis

The Twin Cities – Twice the Arts

Few places exemplify community quite like the Twin Cities. Only 7 miles apart, Minneapolis and St. Paul each boasts its own vibrant music, food, and arts scene while still being deeply connected to the other. 

Start planning all the murals, the world-renowned museums, craft beers, hotdishes, and more you’re going to love in the Twin Cities >>

Your Arts Community

More than 1000 fellow arts leaders who share your day-to-day struggles, know the hard work that goes into your successes, and have the same calling: Bringing more art to more people. These are your people and June 13-16 is your time to reconnect and get re-inspired.