Register today for the 2018 Annual Convention, taking place June 14 - June 17 in Denver, CO. Save big by taking advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rates before April 11, 2018.

See the schedule, read about the themes, and learn more about the host City!

The 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Denver will be packed with innovative experiences in learning, networking, and so much more! Join us as we work to advance the arts for all!

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


Before you 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. Not a member but want to save and get the added benefits of membership? See the "Save by Becoming a Member of Americans for the Arts" section below!

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:

Note: 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)
- Student


Have Questions about Registration? Please contact us at

Save by Becoming a Member of Americans For The Arts!

Become a member of Americans for the Arts and register for the 2018 Annual Convention all at once! Americans for the Arts professional members receive many valuable benefits throughout the year, including discounted Convention registration rates.

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

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


Registration Rates

Main Convention Rates and Deadlines

Postmarked by April 11, 2018
General Registration
After April 11, 2018
Professional Member$475$575
Nonmember    $575$675
Student*    $250       $250
One-Day**$275       $325
All onsite registrations will incur a $75 processing fee.

* Student rate is available for full or part-time students at an accredited academic institution. Please provide proof of enrollment at time of registration with a copy of a university/college issued student ID.

** One-Day registrations are permitted for a single day’s attendance at the Convention (Friday or Saturday) 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 2018 Annual Convention. These Preconferences are:

  • Equitable Grantmaking
  • Public Art
  • Creative Youth Development
For more information about the Preconferences, please click here.


With Convention

Precon Plus*

Precon Only








Postmarked by April 11, 2018







After April 11 2018







June 14-15

$300 $350 $700 $750 $375 $425

*Preconference Plus is any Preconference Plus Friday’s Convention Programming

If you would like an expanded preconference experience, but can't stay for the entire Convention, consider registering for Precon Plus—this rate combines your choice of the two preconferences plus all of Friday’s Main Convention programming! In addition to the standard preconference programming, Precon Plus includes the Convention Opening Keynote & Luncheon, Friday concurrent sessions, and the Friday evening Opening Reception.

Explanation of Registration Terms, Special Discounts, and Promotions

Annual Convention Preconferences

The Preconferences will both begin the morning of Thursday, June 14 and conclude on Friday, June 15. Each Preconference is considered a separate program from the Convention and requires a separate registration fee.

Main Convention attendees who wish to 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. Keep your badge with you at all times, and don't lose it! Replacement badges may be purchased at the registration desk for $50.


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 first choice, but space is limited and is first come, first served. ARTventure tickets are nonrefundable if you decided not to attend but have purchased a ticket. Requests to change to a different tour are accommodated only if available at the time of request.

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 May 11, 2018.

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 1, 2018. 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 Registrations that are cancelled cannot be credited toward future events under any circumstances.


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 purchase a ticket 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 June 1, 2018.

One-Day Rates

Don’t have time to attend the full Convention? Pick Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and attend for only $275, if purchased before April 11, 2018. You must specify which day you will attend on the registration form. One-Day registrations are permitted for a single day’s attendance only 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.


Registration for Annual Convention speakers are done online and is required. A staff member with Americans for the Arts will reach out to speakers to ensure contracts and registration are complete. 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 $250. 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. No other discounts or promotions apply to, or can be combined with, student registration rates.

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.


Special Accommodations

To support a full creative life for all, we at Americans for the Arts commit to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable nation. In that spirit, we are committed to making our Annual Convention as equitable and inclusive an event as possible.

Attendees needing accommodations including wheelchair access, hearing and visual aids, dietary needs, etc. should indicate those needs on the registration form or may contact us directly at We ask that you make us aware of your needs as early as possible.

  • Americans for the Arts will live caption all of our Main Convention Keynote presentations and provide transcripts (when able) of keynotes available after the event.
  • Our Convention Headquarter Hotel is ADA-accessible, as are all of our off-site receptions, and we offer ADA-accessible options for certain ARTventure Tours as we are able.
  • We also require all panelist and audience participants to use microphones during sessions for ease of hearing.
  • Americans for the Arts works to ensure that request for accommodations are met to provide an accessible conference for all.