Register today for the 2019 Annual Convention, taking place June 13-16, 2019 in the Twin Cities, MN. Save big by taking advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rate by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 10, 2019.

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

Before You Register

Before your register, make sure you have your Member 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.

Three easy ways to register:

Registration opens January 24th, 2019.

Note: If registering in one of the following categories, you must fill out a paper registration form:
- Paying with a purchase order or check
- Student

Registration Rates

Main Convention Rates and Deadlines

Postmarked by April 10, 2019
General Registration
Postmarked by May 31, 2019
On-Site Registration
After May 31, 2019
Professional Member$475$575$650
Nonmember    $575$675$750
Student*    $250       $250$325
One-Day**$275       $325$400

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

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

Preconference Rates

Americans for the Arts is offering two different Preconferences in advance of the 2019 Annual Convention. These Preconferences are:

  • Intercultural Leadership
  • Public Art & Civic Design
For more information about the Preconferences, please click here.


With Convention

Precon Plus*

Precon Only








Postmarked by April 10, 2019







Postmarked by May 31, 2019







After May 31, 2019

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

*Preconference Plus is any Preconference plus Friday’s programming

If you would like an expanded Preconference experience, consider registering for a Precon Plus. This option allows you to attend your choice of one Preconference plus all of Friday’s main Convention programming for one flat rate! In addition to the Convention Opening Keynote & Luncheon, Friday concurrent sessions, and the Friday evening Opening Reception.

Save by Becoming a Member of Americans For The Arts!

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. 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

Explanation of Registration Terms, Special Discounts, and Promotions

Annual Convention Preconferences

Preconference workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 13 and conclude at 11:00 a.m. on June 14. Each preconference is considered a separate program from the Convention and must be indicated on the registration form with the proper additional fee as noted on the form.

Purchase a full Convention registration and save $75 on 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.


ARTventure tours are special, off-site, educational opportunities for Convention attendees and their guests. Advanced sign-up and a registration fee is required for each participant. Select three tours and rank them in order of your preference. Americans for the Arts will try to accommodate your first choice tour. Space is limited.

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 by the registrant. Full refunds, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be issued to all valid requests received by May 31, 2019. Refund requests, including ARTventure tours, 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 who provide an e-mail address will receive confirmation of registration via e-mail. Confirmation notices will include receipt, list all special activities, a link to the Participants List, social networking links, and badge text approval. 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, please contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 202.371.2830.

Guest Tickets

Attendees can purchase guest tickets for the following events:

  • Friday June 14th
  • Opening Keynote Luncheon - $80
  • Opening Reception - $65
  • Saturday, June 15th
  • Keynote/Networking Lunch - $80
  • ARTventures - $60
  • Sunday, June 16th
  • Closing Keynote - $50

Guest tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting or at On-Site Registration.

One-Day Rates

Don’t have time to attend the full Convention? Pick Friday or Saturday and attend for only $275 when you register by the Early-Bird Registration deadline on April 10, 2019. 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 Registrations.


Registration for speakers is required. Americans for the Arts staff will reach out to speakers with instructions and details. Please contact us at 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 when they register by the Advance Registration deadline on May 31, 2019. 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 rate registrations.

Privacy Policy

Registrant contact information, including e-mail addresses, will be shared with other 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 at We ask that you make us aware of your needs as early as possible.

In addition, we have enacted improved ways for all to fully participate:

  • We offer a variety of scholarship opportunities to provide greater access to our meetings and events.
  • We also record and archive our keynote presentations for free on our YouTube channel when possible for those unable to attend.
  • 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 hotels for meetings and events are ADA-accessible, as are our off-site receptions, and we offer ADA-accessible options for certain tours as possible.
  • We also require all panelists and audience participants to use microphones during sessions for ease of hearing.
  • Americans for the Arts works to ensure that requests for accommodation are met to provide an accessible event for all.