Annual Convention News

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:25am

Believe it or not, the big blue skies of Denver, site of the 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, are just around the corner! And now it's time to submit your session and speaker ideas!

What makes for a new vision for the role of the arts in community life? Tell us the topics, concepts, theories, practices! Your ideas will directly inform the creation of 25-30 main conference breakout sessions representing the full breadth of what is concerning and exciting advocates today!

CLICK HERE submit your ideas between now and October 15!

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 10:11am

Our thanks to the city of San Francisco for being a welcoming and dynamic host for the 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention! If you’re missing it as much as we are—or you missed out and didn’t get to join us—check out our highlights from the weekend. You’ll find:

  • A selection of nearly 5,000 tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram posts posted during #AFTACON;
  • Footage from 11 recorded sessions, including keynote speeches, sessions on public art, community activism, and more;
  • Sessions slides; and
  • Some of our favorite photos from San Francisco.

And save the date for the 2018 Annual Convention, June 15 -17, in Denver! We can’t wait to see you there!
 

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:57am

2017 Annual Convention T-shirtShow your Americans for the Arts and Convention pride all year long with this awesome T-shirt!


Get yours here! But hurry, they won’t be around for long.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 2:49pm

There are only a few days left to register for the 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Francisco! Online registration closes on Friday, June 2 at 11:59 PM ET. Don’t miss out on the best professional development opportunity of the year and the chance to connect with more than 1,000 arts and community leaders from across the country.

When you register for Annual Convention, you can experience 4 keynotes, 38 sessions from 100+ speakers and 2 preconferences on racial equity and public art.

If you miss the online registration deadline, there's still a chance to register on-site during the conference for an additional $75 fee. Check out the online schedule to find daily registration times.
 

 

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.


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