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 13 and Friday, June 14.


In a unique partnership connected to the great cultural diversity of the Twin Cities region, Americans for the Arts will join the leading organizations of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples’ Fund, and Pa’i Foundation) as well as their first class of fellows to develop this preconference, which brings forward an intercultural lens of leadership. This approach emphasizes overlapping experiences, shared spaces and mutual accountability – and seeks to challenge dominant social norms while honoring differences of histories, traditions, vocabulary and more.

The Intercultural Leadership Institute will:

  1. Present a range of ILI partners, fellows and other leaders from the field who will explore and engage one another as well as audience on the four core questions that shape the Intercultural Leadership Institute curriculum.
  2. Offer a framework for participants to understand their own work as well as the work of others from an intercultural perspective.
  3. Provide an opportunity for participants to identify opportunities for greater intercultural awareness and action within their own work.

This preconference begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14. Transportation will be provided to and from the Convention hotel. This preconference will take place in St. Paul at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center and at the Convention Hotel.

The Intercultural Leadership Preconference is generously supported by American Express.

2019 Public Art Preconference: Partnerships, Artists and Community

Like most arts and cultural work, public art and artists engagement projects don’t happen without collaboration and success relies on a healthy partnership. The 2019 Public Art Preconference: Partnerships, Artists and Community will explore what partnerships mean in the world of public art. From artists taking up residency in municipal agencies to examining the interconnectivity between public art and non-arts sectors like planning and transportation, attendees will learn how to develop relationships with other fields in order to address community needs.

A new Artist-Municipal Partnerships Thread will focus on partnerships built in collaboration with local hosts Minneapolis’ Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy and Public Art Saint Paul.

Throughout the Public Art Preconference, participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts, network with peers, and tour sites in the Twin Cities to learn first-hand how artists and intersectional partnerships can support community goals.

The Public Art Preconference begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14. This preconference will primarily take place at the Hilton Minneapolis, the Convention headquarters, with special public art and artists-municipal partnership tours occurring throughout the Twin Cities.