2016 Convention News
You're probably starting to plan your trip to the 2016 Annual Convention, in Boston, and may be wondering what to do, where to go, and what to see. We've got you covered when it comes to professional development, exciting receptions, and engaging ARTventure Tours, and now you can round out your stay with some unique arts experiences using the ArtsBoston Calendar!
The ArtsBoston Calendar is the most comprehensive arts and cultural compilation of current and upcoming performances, exhibits, festivals and free events. Updated daily, curated with Top 10 picks each week, and now featuring hundreds of great deals from BosTix, no other resource gives you greater access to the local arts you love.
Visit calendar.artsboston.org and curate your own experience today!
We are pleased to announce the line-up for the Morning Plenary: The Arts and Community Health, Vibrancy, and Equity, on Saturday, June 18, 9:00 AM--11:45 AM.
This session features key influencers who are bridging the arts and politics in America, Donna Brazile and Jane Chu. They will discuss the value of the arts in communities, the role of the arts in relation to all the other factors that make up communities, and how the political climate will impact the arts. Then, you'll hear from some of our favorite arts action heroes from around the country!
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Our thanks to Ovation for its support of the Morning Plenary Session. This plenary is also part of the New Community Visions Initiative, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The Annual Convention offers three additional in-depth learning opportunities for local arts agency professionals, arts leaders, and public artists:
- 21st Century Community Visions: Harnessing #ArtsAnd Thinking to Build the Next-Generation Local Arts Agency
- Impact Without Burnout: Resilient Arts Leadership from the Inside Out
- The Presence & Present of Public Art: Exploring the Role of Art in Communities
With three carefully constructed programs, chock-full of innovative artists and professionals from the field, you’ll be sure to find an opportunity that fits your need for deeper engagement, skill development and forward-thinking. Explore the sessions, presenters, and other specifics at convention.artsusa.org/preconferences and register today!
(Can't attend Saturday and Sunday? Check out the new Preconference Plus registration option that allows you attend a preconference AND Friday's main Convention programming.)
The 2016 Annual Convention early bird deadline is April, 8—your last chance to register and save up to $175!
This June 17–19, join more than 1,000 arts professionals, community leaders, artists, and students who share your objectives for equity, empowerment, and change in the arts. With a full line-up of 120 speakers and 32 sessions, you'll gain the tools and techniques you need to address the most relevant issues at your organization and in your career—and you'll have fun doing it!
Annual Convention session themes have been designed with you in mind, including Driving Change, Empowering People, Owning Equity, Crossing Divides, and Building Skills. Find out more about the themes and related sessions here!
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to advance your career and save money—register today!
Check out some of our newly posted programming, including all of the Main Convention session descriptions and some of the presenters and moderators. Here are a couple sessions that may pique your interest:
Failure Is So Hot Right Now is not something you hear everyday, but it is the title for a session showcasing San San Wong, Senior Program Officer with the Barr Foundation, and Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. These two dynamic voices in the arts will give a “joyful funeral” to your biggest failures and delve into issues of capacity, evaluation, and leadership.
Plus, you don't want to miss out on the ever-favorite Meet (and Ask) the NEA, featuring three members from the National Endowment for the Arts. This open forum session gives you the opportunity to ask questions about engagement, fundraising, and grantmaking as they relate to your job and your organization.
With over 30 sessions by incredible speakers from all over the country, you won’t want to miss out! Early bird registration ends on April 8 so register today and save big!
This year's opening plenary and lunch will feature a keynote address from Diane Paulus, Artistic Director at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, followed by an interview and Q&A session with Risë Wilson, Director of Philanthropy for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Don't miss out on hearing from Paulus, a Tony award winner and one of Time Magazine's "2014 TIME 100" most influential people in the world!
Help us recognize the great work of arts leaders from across the nation! Nominate yourself or your peers for one of seven Annual Leadership Awards today! Members are invited to submit nominations for this year’s awards program, held in conjunction with Annual Convention. Nominees may be individuals, organizations, or programs that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and a commitment to enriching their communities through the arts. Nominations close Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to submit a nomination!
Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a number of full ride and reimbursement scholarships to individuals interested in attending the 2016 Annual Convention in Boston from June 16 -19, 2016.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. (EST). Applicants must be individual members of Americans for the Arts or receiving benefits through a member organization. Applicants can apply for multiple scholarships but finalists will only be awarded one scholarship.
Scholarship opportunities are also available to Massachusetts-based artists and professionals thanks to generous support provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation. Applicants of these scholarships are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is Friday, February 26th at 11:59 p.m. (EST).
Visit the Ways to Save page for details on regional scholarship opportunities from New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
For questions regarding scholarships or your membership status, please contact email@example.com or call (202)371-2830.
Register today for the 2016 Annual Convention, taking place June 17–19, 2016 in Boston! The conference will take place at the Sheraton Boston, with more than 100 speakers in 32 sessions, three keynotes, three preconferences, 10 ARTventure Tours, and an opening reception at the Skywalk Observatory and Museum! Stay tuned over the next few months for more sessions, speakers, and other special events to be announced.
Don’t wait to register! Save big by taking advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rate, which ends Friday, April 8, 2016. It’s easy to register online, by fax, or by mail.
See the schedule, read about the themes, and learn more about Beantown! Plus, check out our Ways to Save page for tips on how to attend on a tight budget.