The local hosts for the 2019 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention were the City of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, Springboard for the Arts, and The Minneapolis Foundation. Americans for the Arts thanks each of these organizations for their generous contributions to the success of the Annual Convention.

Our thanks as well to all of the members of the local host committee (roster below) for lending their time and talent to the Annual Convention.


Alejandra Pielinka, City of Bloomington
Andrea Jenkins, City of Minneapolis Council Vice President, Ward 8
Ben Owen, MSP Airport Arts & Culture Director
Bill Deef, MEET MPLS
Carl Swanson, Springboard for the Arts
Colleen Sheehy, Public Art St. Paul
Dameun, Strange Artist
Eric Anderson, Minneapolis Foundation
Gülgün Kayim, City of Minneapolis
Joan Vorderbruggen, Hennepin Theater Trust
Joanna Schnedler, Minnesota Theater Alliance
John Bueche, West Broadway Business Association
Justin Christy, Bush Foundation
Katherine Smith-Flores, The M
Kathy Mouacheupao, MRAC
Kevin Reich, City of Minneapolis Council Member, Ward 1
Lann Briel, Jerome Foundation
Mary Delorie, Cedar Cultural Center
MaryAnne Quiroz, Indigenous Roots
Matt Lewis, GreaterMSP
Meena Mangalvedhekar, Hennepin Theater Trust
Nora Riemenschneider, City of St. Paul Economic Development
Peter Leggett, City of St. Paul Mayor's Office
Sarah Peters, Northern
Sarah Lovan, McKnight Foundation
Sheila Smith, MCA
Theresa Sweetland, Forecast Public Art

About the Background image

Artist: Eduardo Kobra; Photo by Bill Hickey and courtesy of Meet Minneapolis