Plans for the 2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Chicago are underway—and we are thrilled to host you here in the Windy City!

For more than 50 years, Americans for the Arts has convened an annual convention for 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 Chicago serves as the host site for this convention, and we proudly invite you to join us from June 12–14, with preconferences beginning on June 11, here in our remarkable city.

This year’s attendees can look forward to a dynamic conference agenda filled with insightful workshops and engaging sessions and activities where artists, arts administrators, and policymakers from across the country will learn from and inspire each other. The festivities include three preconferences (Public Art, Cultural Equity, and Arts Leadership), three curated keynote addresses, more than 30 specialized breakout sessions, and a lively opening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

We are eager to showcase the beauty of Chicago, from the towering skyscrapers of the Loop to the colorful mosaic of unique neighborhoods that make up the city, the compelling work of our local artists, and the incredibly diverse array of institutions within our cultural sector. While here in Chicago you’ll connect with colleagues and friends old and new through vibrant cultural experiences and opportunities to explore all that Chicago has to offer. You’ll enjoy world-class dining and shopping, some of the best museums in the world, cutting-edge art galleries and artist studios, comedy, dance and music of all sorts, and you won’t want to miss the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival happening the very same weekend you’ll be in town!

I’d like to thank Americans for the Arts for choosing Chicago for this convention and for their 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.

With warmest regards,

Michelle T. Boone





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Public Mural - Pilsen Neighborhood, Chicago
Photo by Adam Jones