2015 Annual Convention: Propose Ideas and Speakers

Thank you for proposing some ideas for the Americans for the Arts 2015 Annual Convention!

We want to hear what you think are the topics, concepts, theories, practices—the things that are going to power and empower positive community change through the arts in 2015.  We will then take those ideas and synthesize them into about 30 main conference breakout sessions and another 15 or so preconference breakouts that hopefully represent the full breadth of what is concerning and exciting advocates today!

This year, we are also encouraging you to identify some people who you think might be impactful in discussing the ideas you propose.  While we curate all of our sessions, and so can’t promise that any of your suggested people will end up in the final breakout, we found your suggestions extremely helpful last year, and about 25% of all of last year’s panelists came out of this exact process.

The deadline for submitting ideas and suggesting speakers is October 20, 2014.

So, here’s Step 1Which of the following four events that we are planning at the 2015 Annual Convention is your idea best for?


Main ConferenceArts Leadership PreconferencePublic Art & Placemaking PreconferenceCultural Equity Preconference

Do you have more than one idea?  We love that.  You’re welcome to submit as many ideas as you’d like—but to gather as much information about each one as possible, we need you to do them one at a time.  Once you submit your idea you’ll be brought back to this page and can submit again.

Thank you!