2017 Convention News

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.