Register

Register today for the 2015 Annual Convention, taking place June 12-14, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Save big by taking advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rate before April 3, 2015.

See the schedule, read about the themes, and learn more about the unbeatable 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 2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Chicago 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.

Register

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 AmericansForTheArts.org, 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 membership@artsusa.org or 202.371.2830.

There are three easy ways to register:

Online*

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
  • Exhibitor
  • Guest  (Event Tickets Only)
  • Group Registration
  • Presenter
  • Student

Save by Becoming a Member of Americans For The Arts!

Become a member of Americans for the Arts and register for the 2015 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 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 membership@artsusa.org.

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 Pricing

 

 

Professional Members
Nonmember
Group*
Student**
One-Day***
Early Bird
Postmarked by April 3, 2015

$425

$500

$350

$200

$225

Advance
Postmarked by May 29, 2015

$500

$575

$350

$200

$225

General/Onsite
May 30 - June 14, 2015

$600

$675

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$200

$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.
 

Workshop Intensives Rates

This year, we have created two Workshop Intensives for Annual Convention attendees who are interested in more in-depth learning, but can’t attend a full preconference.

These Workshop Intensives are only available to attendees of the main Convention, are limited to 70 participants, and overlap with preconference programming.

Please review your e-mail confirmation to confirm attendance.

WORKSHOP INTENSIVE WITH CONVENTION ONLY
** please select one Workshop

Creating a Data-Driven Case for Arts Advocacy. Go deep on how to make a data-driven case for the arts.
Curated in partnership with the Cultural Data Project.

Early-Bird
 Advance
General
Intensives Only

$100

$100

$150

Not Available


The Big Ideas Local Arts Leaders Need to Know about Arts Education. Five hours, three crucial trends in arts education you need to know now.

Early-Bird
 Advance
General
Intensives Only

$100

$100

$150

Not Available

 

For more information, visit www.convention.artsusa.org/workshops.
 

Preconference Rates

Americans for the Arts is offering three different preconferences in advance of the 2015 Annual Convention.  These preconferences are:

  • Arts Leadership
  • Cultural Equity (limited to 120 participants, so act fast!)
  • Public Art and Placemaking

For more information about the preconferences, please click here.

 

 
With Main Convention
Precon Only
 
Member
Nonmember
Member
Nonmember
Early Bird:
Postmarked by April 3, 2015

$200

$250

$275

$325

Advance:
Postmarked by May 29, 2015

$210

$260

$300

$350

General/Onsite
May 30 - June 12, 2015

$225

$275

$325

$375

 

Explanation of Registration Terms, Special Discounts, and Promotions 

Annual Convention Preconferences

The three Preconferences will each begin the morning of June 11 and conclude at 11:30 a.m. on June 12. 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.
Admission

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 registration forms must be submitted together, including a single form of payment.
  • Group registrations must be submitted using paper forms, and one form must be completed for each participating registrant.
  • Group registrations will only be accepted until the Advance deadline (midnight on May 29, 2015). Any registrations that are processed after that will not be eligible for the group rate and will be processed at the regular registration rate.
ARTventures

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, May 29, 2015.

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 May 29, 2015. 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 events@artsusa.org.

Confirmation

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 events@artsusa.org.

Exhibitor Registration

Registration for those exhibiting at the Annual Convention is done through a separate form. Once you have completed the exhibitor contract, you will be provided with an exhibitor registration form. If you are interested in exhibiting, contact us at exhibits@artsusa.org.

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, May 29, 2015.

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

Speakers will need to register separately with Americans for the Arts staff and will be contacted for their specific information. Please contact us via speakers@artsusa.org 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 3, 2015.

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 events@artsusa.org.

Special Accommodations

We want to ensure that your Convention and Preconference 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 events@artsusa.org. Special accommodations are challenging to address on site, so we ask that you please make us aware of your needs as early as possible.