Events & Receptions

Opening Reception
Friday, June 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off your 2018 Annual Convention at the Opening Reception! Join us as we head to the McNichols Civic Center Building to experience some of the local Arts and Culture scene! Built in 1909, the McNichols Civic Center Building began as the Carnegie Library, Denver’s center of learning in Civic Center Park. That tradition continues as Denver Arts & Venues re-opened the building in 2012 as a contemporary hub for arts and culture for the people of Denver.

This stunning Greek Revival building with it classic Corinthian columns and iconic colonnade across its front, offers new experiences in a classic space. Our hosts will be creating a diverse event flavoring all things Denver and Colorado.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from across the country as the city welcomes you to Denver!

Our thanks to VISIT DENVER, Denver Arts & Venues, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Bohemian Foundation, MillerCoors, and The Winebow Group for their generous support of the opening reception.



Interest Groups Breakfast
Saturday, June 16, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Arts Education Networking Mixer
Saturday, June 16, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join with other arts education leaders at the convention during this casual opportunity to chat and get to know each other. Bring your business cards! Complimentary drink tickets, food, and games courtesy of Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Network.

Tarantula Billiards
1520 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80202

  • Turn left out of the Hyatt Regency Denver hotel onto 15th St.
  • Walk 500 ft towards Stout St.
  • Turn right onto Stout St.
  • Walk 50 ft and arrive at destination on the right.


Meet the Members Reception
Saturday, June 16, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Everyone is welcome to this casual reception to celebrate those Convention attendees who are members of Americans for the Arts!


Emerging and Mid-Career Mixer
Saturday, June 16, 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Are you an Emerging or Mid-Career leader? Join us for this casual mix and mingle with other Emerging and Mid-Career Leaders. This mixer includes small-bites and a CASH bar.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
1001 16th Street, #A-100, Denver, CO 80265