2014 Convention News

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:19am

In 2015, Americans for the Arts will be hosting Annual Convention in the Windy City! Join us in Chicago June 12-14, 2015 for a brand new lineup of expert panelists and artists, in-depth discussions, and informative sessions on everything you need to help advance the arts in your community.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 3:06pm

We will be live streaming nine sessions throughout the Convention, including our three plenary presentations! Visit the

Americans for the Arts YouTube

channel to see the schedule and to view the video of our live streamed sessions.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 3:01pm
While online registration is now closed, you can still register on site in Nashville! You can take advantage of our full offerings, including one of three preconferences, plenary sessions, ARTventure Tours, and exciting networking opportunities. Or, you may want to consider a one-day registration for a day that best fits your schedule.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 5:34pm
It’s hard to believe—but true—that the 2014 Annual Convention is almost here! In just three weeks more than 1,000 arts and community leaders, government officials, students, artists, and citizens will be networking, learning, and also discovering our host city of Nashville. Be quick and register now because after Friday, May 30, online registration closes and registration rates go up!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 2:16pm

If you are an individual artist or an arts organization in Tennessee and want to register for Annual Convention but haven't yet due to cost, take advantage of your state's willingness to fund your Convention experience! Winning organizations and individuals must pay for their registration upfront, and then will be reimbursed upon submission and approval of invoices.

Deadline for applications is May 12. Read more and apply today!



Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:27pm

As a city bursting with incomparable arts experiences and cutting edge culture, Nashville will be an unforgettable experience for Annual Convention attendees. Here are the top 10 things you should look forward to at the 2014 Annual Convention:

  1. The Opening Keynote, The Power of Art to Transform People, will kick off the Convention with a thought provoking journey through Ben Folds’ personal history and perspective on the transformative nature of the arts.
  2. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene and unlike any traditional museum you’ve ever visited. There is always something new and exciting to see in this magnificent Art Deco building.
  3. Visit The Parthenon, in Centennial Park, the only full size replica of the original Greek icon, and host to the tallest indoor statue in North America.
  4. Network with more than 1,000 professionals from 350 communities across the country, and be inspired by more than 100 speakers.
  5. Connect with colleagues and friends at the Opening Reception held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. View memorabilia, examine mural art, and take away a print from Hatch Show Print, one of America’s oldest letterpress shops.
  6. Tour Ryman Auditorium, designed by architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson, and see the premier stage where Teddy Roosevelt spoke, John Philip Sousa played, Houdini escaped chains, and James Brown sang.
  7. Stop by Cheekwood—owned by the founders of Maxwell House coffee brand—which features an art museum, the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, and eleven botanical gardens.
  8. Pinewood Social is the perfect spot for coffee, lunch, dinner, drinks, bowling, bocce ball, singing karaoke, or just hanging out!
  9. Visit the Johnny Cash Museum, a collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the legendary musician’s life, and grab a copy of the newly released lost album, Out Among the Stars, at the Museum Store!
  10. Walk through 5th Avenue of the Arts to experience art galleries and shopping in the same historic buildings where young student activists held sit-ins and protested social inequality.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 10:05am

Register today for the 2014 Annual Convention, taking place June 13-15, 2014 in Nashville, TN. Save big by taking advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rate before April 4, 2014.

See the schedule, read about the themes, and learn more about the vibrant host city!

It’s easy to register online, by fax, by scan, or by mail. To take advantage of the special Early-Bird rate, your registration must be received by April 4, 2014 - so act now to lock in savings!

Over the next few months we’ll be announcing sessions, speakers, and other special events (Honky Tonk Crawl anyone?) - but you don’t need to wait to register, do you? We have more than 50 years of this meeting under our belts, so you know we do it up right - and there is no doubt the 2014 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Nashville will be the place to be this June!

For other ways to cut costs on a tight budget, visit our Ways to Save page.