Preconferences

Before the main Convention, attend one of two preconferences for an additional in-depth learning experience around a specific topic. The preconferences take place Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16.

* PLEASE NOTE: There is a third, invitation-only preconference related to Arts & Economic Prosperity 5. If you are looking for information related to that preconference, please send an e-mail to Ben Davidson at bdavidson@artsusa.org directly. Thank you! *

 

PRECONFERENCES

Participants at the 2016 Annual Convention in Boston.Pursuing Racial Equity Inside Your Organization

Join this powerful, hands-on preconference created by the Center for Social Inclusion to learn more about how you can lead your organization to a more racially equitable tomorrow. This preconference will cover core concepts and vocabulary, how to create and maintain written and verbal commitments to equity and inclusion, exemplary case studies of local arts agencies and other organizations, and how to craft a meaningful plan to take back to your organization or those you serve to begin to make the change.

Pursuing Racial Equity Inside Your Organization begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16.
This preconference will primarily take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the Convention headquarters.

Sponsored by American Express. 

 



The Bay Lights by Leo Villareal, photo courtesy of SF Travel.The Public Art Preconference: Expanding the Ecosystem

Change is not new for the public art field; each program adapts to its community and with each project comes a unique story. As the interest in how public art can impact a society grows, so does the need for healthy partnerships with fellow civic-focused organizations, community stakeholders, and project partners. Explore how you can adopt successful practices and partnerships to impact your community and create great projects. Walk away from your preconference experience with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing public art today, as well as the tools and knowledge that strengthen and grow your work in your community.

Expanding the Ecosystem begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16. This preconference will primarily take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the Convention headquarters, with special public art tours occurring throughout San Francisco.

 



Preconference Party!
Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsPreconference attendees are invited to a special networking event Thursday evening at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts! In addition to exploring YBCA, one of the best multimedia arts centers in the country, take advantage of free tickets to the newly renovated and expanded SFMOMA just across the street! The Preconference Party is open to anyone registered for a preconference or the main Convention who is in town on Thursday night.

The Preconference Party begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 and goes until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. It will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.