2017 Convention News

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:15pm

Annual Convention is right around the corner! Wondering how to get out and enjoy San Francisco in between sessions and networking? Take an ARTventure with us!

Choose from 10 tours in some of the Bay Area’s most cultural areas and neighborhoods—including Chinatown, the Castro, Oakland’s Uptown, and the Presidio—while exploring themes of urban renewal, Latino and queer arts, arts and the military, and (of course) the Summer of Love.

ARTventure tours are limited in capacity and will sell out! Learn more and register at convention.artsusa.org/artventures.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:06pm

We couldn’t be more excited to announce that our Annual Convention keynote on Saturday, June 17 will be House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The 2010 Congressional Arts Leadership Awardee, Leader Pelosi has been an outspoken advocate for the arts in San Francisco and around the country, and she will share her thoughts on the role of the arts in today’s political climate! Her leadership helped secure funding to save nonprofit arts jobs in 2009 and she has advanced cultural policy throughout her career.

Leader Pelosi will be joined by Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch for a wide-ranging conversation and Q&A. Don’t miss this powerful and inspiring talk!

Leader Pelosi will appear unless federal issues or House schedules shift and require her presence in Washington, DC.
 

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 3:45pm

Rhodessa Jones
Americans for the Arts has announced the 2017 Annual Convention closing keynote from Rhodessa Jones, actress, writer, singer and teacher. Jones is the founder and director of the award-winning Medea Project, a theater program designed to use the arts to reduce the number of women returning to prison.

Jones will speak about her work, and hope for the future, and will celebrate the grit, perseverance, and power of the arts in the United States. She’ll be joined on stage by Debra Garcia y Griego, director of the Santa Fe Arts Commission and a strong artist advocate and leader in the local arts field.
 

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 12:11pm

2016 Annual Convention attendeesToday’s art organizations have the unique opportunity to create racial equity within their own organizations and inspire new narratives in their communities. On June 15, a new Racial Equity Preconference will offer professionals tools and skills to build a more equitable future!

Join us in San Francisco for this hands-on workshop and learn vocabulary, how to create written and verbal commitments, and ways to craft a meaningful equity plan. 

You can register for the 2017 Racial Equity Preconference online, by fax or mail.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 11:44am
The 2017 Annual Convention early-bird deadline is almost here—register by April 12 to save up to $150!

With your registration, you’ll get:
  • A full line-up of more than 100 speakers and 35 sessions on topics including leadership, public art, and cultural equity
  • Opportunity to network with more than 1,000 arts professionals, community leaders, artists, and students
  • The chance to explore San Francisco during the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love!
     
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:11am
Bryan Stevenson

We’re excited to announce  the 2017 Annual Convention opening keynote from Bryan Stevenson! As the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and an acclaimed public interest lawyer, Stevenson has dedicated his career to fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination.


In addition to his work in the courtroom, Stevenson is helping shepherd powerful works of public art like the Memorial to Peace and Justice, which will feature the names of more than 4,000 victims of lynching.  In his opening keynote, Stevenson will share his personal story and talk about the crucial role of arts in pursuing the dream of equal justice and cultural equity. Stevenson will be joined on stage by moderator Deborah Cullinan, executive director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and a driving force in placing the arts at the center of supporting healthy, vibrant, equitable communities.


Visit the
Schedule At-a-Glance to see more new sessions, presenters, and other weekly program updates.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 4:46pm

There have been reports of a phone scam where Annual Convention attendees were offered special housing reservations as rooms are quickly filling up. Do not give your credit card number or any personal information to anyone who calls you for a hotel reservation.

Our Convention hotel, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, will never call you to ask for a credit card number.  To book a room in our hotel block, reserve online or call 1-800-HILTONS. If you receive any suspicious calls or have any questions about the hotel reservation process, please contact us at events@artsusa.org or (202) 371-2830.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 1:24pm

Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a number of full ride and reimbursement scholarships to members interested in attending the 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco June 15-18, 2017.

Thanks to the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the San Francisco Arts Commission, scholarships are also available to California-based artists and cultural workers, including those from the Bay Area.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, March 3 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).  Applicants to Americans for the Arts scholarships must be current members. Non-members can apply to the scholarships for California artists and cultural workers. Individuals may apply for multiple scholarships, but finalists will only be awarded one scholarship.

Visit the Ways to Save page for a full list of opportunities. 

For questions regarding scholarships, please contact Abe Flores. For questions regarding your membership status, please contact membership@artsusa.org or call (202) 371-2830.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 1:53pm
Conference Attendees

The Americans for the Arts 2017 Annual Convention is heading to San Francisco on June 16 - 18! Registration is now open and arts professionals, community leaders, artists, and students are all invited to join this annual gathering on the future of art and culture in America.

The convention will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, with more than 100 speakers at more than 35 sessions, including three keynotes, two preconferences and 10 ARTventure Tours.

Register today to take advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rate, which ends Wednesday, April 12, 2017! Registration is available online, by fax, or by mail.

Stay tuned for updates on sessions, speakers, and other special events by joining the Annual Convention Facebook event and following @Americans4Arts #AFTACON on Twitter and Instagram.