Are you an Emerging Leader, Mid-Career Leader, a Rural Leader, or interested in Arts Education? Join a free Thread and take part in special meetups just for you! Just look for the Threads icon throughout the program!


All Threads will have access to the following FREE resources:

  • BaseCamp: Connect with other interested attendees ahead of the conference as we build an online community for you. Work with Americans for the Arts’ program staff to affirm your foundational knowledge ahead of attending Convention.
  • Arts Education Resource Exchange: In a free-flowing information fair, connect with local, state, and national leaders from the field of arts education. This is your chance to learn about the latest research, understand the most effective models, and connect with leaders from around the country.
  • Membership Deep Dive Roundtables: Join Americans for the Arts program staff for intimate small-ground conversations as we take a deep dive into areas such as leadership development, public art, arts education, arts marketing, advocacy, and more.
  • Networking Mixer: Join with other leaders in your Thread at the Convention during this casual opportunity to chat and get to know each other. Bring your business cards!
  • Sessions: AFTA staff will curate a list of sessions that we think you might find interesting. However, you aren’t committed to attending anything. Attend the sessions that you find interesting and relevant to your work. Be sure to take notes, to share with your colleagues!
  • Knowledge Exchange: Culminate your conference experience with a facilitated session on what you’ve learned so far. Bring your notes and share your thoughts as the cohort distills the big ideas ruminating from their Convention experience.