About the Convention

Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is a 2 ½ day convening at the intersection of arts, culture, community development, civic engagement, creative economy, education, and social impact. Convention attendees will come together to discover the ways the arts are transforming communities across the country.

Why You Should Attend

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National Gathering

Connect with arts leaders across the country during a weekend of insights and learning. Annual Convention is your opportunity to step back from your day-to-day work and absorb national trends shaping the arts industry.

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Local Solutions

Discover ideas and tactics customized for your community’s needs. Annual Convention sessions highlight the work of small, large, rural, urban, and all types of organizations. 

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Community-Centered

Get inspired to build and grow your community through the arts! Annual Convention programming offers you the technical skills, trends, and big strategic ideas you’ll need to facilitate community development.

Who Should Attend

This conference is designed for arts administrators, cultural leaders, community activists, artists, educators, and partners interested in bettering their communities through arts and culture. Annual Convention is centered squarely on the role of all the arts in the creation and maintenance of our communities, and in the creative lives of all Americans. The Americans for the Arts Annual Convention will provide inspiration and deep learning for participants of all career levels— from novices to mid-career professionals and established experts.