Events & Receptions

Preconference Party
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Arts Action Fund Reception
Friday, June 16, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Plaza AB Room

Join us for the Arts Action Fund Reception and Fundraiser for an update on the #SAVEtheNEA campaign and other pressing arts-related issues on Capitol Hill. This event serves as a fundraiser for the Arts Action Fund and $50 contribution is required for entry. Refreshments will be served. You will also have the opportunity to join the Arts Action Fund through the Convention at CenterStage.


Opening Reception
Friday, June 16, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

San Francisco is excited to bring convention attendees together at the Exploratorium for the Opening Night Reception on Friday, June 16, 7-9pm. Situated on the edge of the San Francisco Bay with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and its renowned Bay Lights public art installation, the Exploratorium is a unique cultural venue, a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception.

The space is rich with hand-on, interactive displays to encourage you to engage with old friends and meet new colleagues over delicious bites, beer, cocktails and Sonoma County wines. And in celebration of Pride Month, we’ll help you get into the spirit of San Francisco with an immersive event featuring the queer community’s most celebrated traditional art forms: drag!

Have fun at the party with some of the region’s most notable performers including Fauxnique, Daughters of a Riot, Grace Towers and Scarlett Letters. Enjoy go go dancers, singers, and great DJ music to fill the night air. Or get up close and personal with Crème Fatale & Abominatrix as they apply makeup at small tables to give attendees a “behind the scenes” view of how these artists dynamically transform themselves.



Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

For a full description of the ARTventures, look at the Americans for the Arts Evenst app.


Meet the Members Reception
Saturday, June 17, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Everyone is welcome to catch 360-degree views of San Francisco at this casual reception to celebrate those
Convention attendees who are members of Americans for the Arts.


Emerging and Mid-Career Leaders Threads Mixer
Saturday, June 17, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

OFFSITE: Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, SF


Ruby Lopez Harper
Director of Local Arts Services
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Ruby is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Gard Foundation. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH. At the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ruby focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio. She also worked with PhilanthropyOhio on their Member Services Committee.

Originally from California, where she was a dance instructor in her spare time, Ruby worked with local community theatre companies creating choreography for their musical theatre productions earning numerous local, state and regional recognition for her work both on and offstage. She has and continues to serve on grant panels for the Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, MetroArts Nashville and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.