Online registration is now closed, but you can still register on-site in Boston!

See the schedule, read about the themes, and learn more about our amazing host city!

We have more than 50 years of this meeting under our belts, so you know we do it up right—and there is no doubt the 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Boston will be packed with innovative learning, networking, and so much more!

Looking for ways to attend Convention on a tight budget? Visit our Ways to Save page.


Before your register, make sure you have your membership ID ready. You can find your ID number in your Americans for the Arts online profile. Visit, and click “Log In” located at the top of the right sidebar. Follow the prompts to either create an account or reset your password. Once logged in, click "My Account," and you will see your Record #/Member ID beneath your Individual Information.

Have questions? Not sure if you’re a professional member? Contact the membership team at or 202.371.2830.

There are three easy ways to register:
  • Online- No longer available, but you may register on-site in Boston!
  • Fax - Download paper registration form
  • Mail - Download paper registration form

    *If registering in one of the following categories, you must fill out a paper registration form:
    - Paying with a purchase order or check
    - Guest (Event Tickets Only)
    - Group Registration
    - Student

Save by Becoming a Member of Americans For The Arts!

Become a member of Americans for the Arts and register for the 2016 Annual Convention all at once! Americans for the Arts professional members receive many valuable benefits throughout the year, including discounted Convention registration rates.

If you are not already a member and would like to receive the profession member discount to this event, you may join using this form.

If you have questions about membership with Americans for the Arts, please contact us at

To become a member, please fill out the Convention registration form and follow the registration instructions. Online registrations do not allow attendees to become a member and register for the convention at the same time.

Registration Rates

Main Convention Rates and Deadlines

Postmarked by April 8, 2016
Advance Registration
Postmarked by June 3, 2016
General Registration
June 3 - June 19, 2016
Professional Member$425$500$600
Nonmember    $500$575$675
Group   $350       $350---
Student    $200       $200$200
One-Day$225       $225$225

* Group Rate is applicable for groups of six or more people from the same organization who register at the same time.

** Student rate is available for full or part-time students at an accredited academic institution. Please provide proof of enrollment at time or registration.

*** One-Day registrations are permitted for a single day’s attendance at the Convention (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) only, and cannot be combined into a two-day registration.

Preconference Rates

Americans for the Arts is offering three different Preconferences in advance of the 2016 Annual Convention. These Preconferences are:

  • Arts Leadership
  • 21st Century Community Visions
  • Public Art
For more information about the Preconferences, please click here.


With Conference

Precon Plus*

Precon Only








Postmarked by April 8, 2016







Postmarked by June 3, 2016







June 3–June 19, 2016







*Preconference Plus is any Preconference plus Friday’s programming

If you would like an expanded preconference experience, consider registering for Precon Plus—a new option that allows you to attend your choice of three full preconference plus all of Friday’s main Convention programming for one flat rate! In addition to the standard preconference programming, Precon Plus includes the Convention Opening Keynote & Luncheon, two sets of breakout sessions, and the Friday evening Opening Reception.

Explanation of Registration Terms, Special Discounts, and Promotions

Annual Convention Preconferences

The three Preconferences will each begin the morning of Thursday, June 16 and conclude on Friday, June 17. Each Preconference is considered a separate program from the Convention and requires a separate registration fee.

Convention attendees who wish to also participate in a Preconference can do so at a substantial discount—see the registration form for pricing details.

  • Purchase a full Convention registration and save $75–$100 on a Preconference registration!
  • Professional members save $50 off a Preconference registration.


You are required to wear your name badge to all Preconference and Convention events. Admission will be denied to those without a badge. Replacement badges may be purchased at the registration desk for $50.

Group Discounts

Six or more registrants from one organization who register at the same time can receive a special $350 per person registration rate-that’s up to $150 off per person! This is a great way to provide an affordable professional development opportunity for your staff.

  • Registrants must all come from the same organization, and all individual registrations must be submitted together using paper registration forms, including a single form of payment.
  • Group registrations will only be accepted until the Advance deadline (11:59 p.m. (ET) on June 3, 2016). Any registrations that are processed after that will not be eligible for the group rate and will be processed at the General registration rate. 


ARTventure tours are special, off-site, educational opportunities for Convention attendees and their guests. Advanced sign-up and a separate registration fee are required for each participant.

Select three tours and rank them in order of your preference. Americans for the Arts will endeavor to accommodate your highest preference, but space is limited.

If you are placed in an ARTventure that is cancelled due to lack of participation, you will be placed in the next available tour on your ordered list and notified via e-mail. Refunds for cancelled ARTventure tickets will not be offered after the Advance registration deadline, June 3, 2016.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All requests for refunds must be made in writing or via e-mail to Americans for the Arts c/o Meetings and Events. Full refunds, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be issued to all requests received by June 3, 2016. Refund requests, including ARTventure and guest tickets, submitted after this deadline will not be considered. However, substitutions will be accepted and should also be made in writing or via e-mail to Meetings and Events at


All attendees will receive confirmation of registration via e-mail. Please review confirmation notices carefully. If you have not received a confirmation notice within three weeks of submitting your registration, or if you wish to change your registration information, contact us at

Guest Tickets

Convention attendees are invited to bring a guest to keynote presentations, the Opening Reception, or ARTventures! To purchase a ticket, and find individual event ticket prices, see the registration form. Additional guest tickets will be available on site on a space-available basis.

All guests must present their purchased tickets when attending these Convention activities. Guests will not be permitted and tickets will not be available to any events except those listed above. Refunds for guest tickets will not be offered after the Advance registration deadline, June 3, 2016.

One-Day Rates

Don’t have time to attend the full Convention? Pick Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and attend for only $225. You must specify which day you will attend on the registration form. One-Day registrations are permitted for a single day’s attendance and cannot be combined into a two-day registration. No other discounts or promotions apply to, or can be combined with, One-Day rate registrations.


Speakers will need to register separately with Americans for the Arts staff and will be contacted for their specific information. Please contact us via if you have any questions.

Student Registration

Students, both part-time and full-time, are eligible to attend the Convention at a special student rate of $200. Students must use the paper form to register and must also submit a photocopy of a valid student ID from an accredited, degree-granting college or university to be eligible.

Privacy Policy

Registrant contact information, including email addresses, will be shared with other Convention registrants through the Participants List. Please see the Americans for the Arts Privacy Statement on our website for more information.

Roommate Referral Program

Cut your Convention housing costs in half! Check the Roommate Referral box on the registration form, and we will send you a list of other interested attendees. To be eligible for this program, your registration must be received by the Early-Bird registration deadline, April 8, 2016.

Americans for the Arts cannot guarantee the availability of our discounted hotel rooms. We recommend you book a hotel room and cancel the reservation once a roommate is identified. If you have questions about this program, contact us at

Special Accommodations

We want to ensure that your Preconference and Convention experiences are pleasant and comfortable. Attendees needing special accommodations including wheelchair access, hearing and visual aids, special dietary needs, etc. should indicate those needs on the registration form.

You may also contact us at Special accommodations are challenging to address on site, so we ask that you please make us aware of your needs as early as possible.