Plans for the 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Boston are underway—and we are thrilled to host you.

For more than 50 years, Americans for the Arts has convened arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts. This year marks the first time Boston serves as the host site for this Convention, and we proudly invite you to join us from June 17–19, with preconferences beginning on June 16.

We are so eager to discuss the latest ideas and strategies we are all developing to support the cultural life of the city including, for us, the release, just in time for the Convention, of a new cultural plan called Boston Creates.

This year’s attendees can look forward to a multi-faceted conference agenda filled with stimulating workshops and sessions where artists, arts administrators, and policymakers from across the country can learn from and inspire each other. The festivities include three preconferences, keynote addresses, performances, debates and concurrent sessions, and a great opening reception at the Top of the Hub.

In your few precious hours outside of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, you will find 400 years of history at your feet, a world-class array of traditional arts and culture offerings, and an unmatched collection of universities that are training the smartest, most accomplished, and most innovative young creative people in the world.

You can check out our amazing artists and neighborhood cultural gems first hand on an ARTventure Tour, or take part in the Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios festival happening that same weekend. As you explore our city, you will encounter a remarkably diverse population that is deeply engaged in creative expression and that strongly believes in the transformative power of the arts.

I’d like to thank Americans for the Arts for choosing Boston for this Convention and for its continued partnership throughout the years. We look forward to the opportunity to unite with our fellow arts advocates in our quest to advance the arts and arts policy in America.

All my best,

Julie Burros
Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston


About the Background Photo

Jamaica Plain mural created by the Mayor’s Mural Crew
Photo by Julie Burros