June 14-17 at Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Americans for the Arts will hold its annual convention in Denver from June 14-17, 2018. It is the largest gathering in the nation of arts leaders and their partners in creative business, education, and government. More than 1,000 arts leaders will explore the deep and diverse economic, civic, and social impacts that the arts generate across the nation, as well as the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy and equitable communities.
Keynote and featured speakers will include: 
  • Marc Morial, civil rights leader and president of the National Urban League, June 15
  • Tanya Aguiñiga, artist and recipient of the Americans for the Arts' 2018 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities; and Sol Guy, social entrepreneur and artist-activist, June 16
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Colorado Music Hall of Fame artist Chris Daniels; and Take Note Colorado students, June 17
  • Camila Chiriboga, creative strategist at veº; Dr. Ietef Vita, aka DJ Cavem, environmental activist and recording artist; Virginia San Fratello, CCO at Emerging Objects, June 17
110 speakers in more than 35 sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including culture and community; equity and engagement; investment; cross-sector and community partnership; and communicating the value of the arts. The convention will also feature performances by local artists and artist groups, including Flobots, Moccasins en Pointe, Guerilla Fanfare, Gora Gora Orkestar, Meep Records, Saja Butler, Alysia Kraft, DJ Jimeni, DJ TwoScoops, DJ Full Metal, EvrGlo, Suzi Q Smith, and the Youth Council at Café Cultura. The convention schedule is available at convention.artsusa.org/schedule.
Prior to the conference, three preconferences will be held June 14-15, including:
Credentialed media are welcome to cover the convention, and should contact Inga Vitols to register. 
“There has never been a more important time than now to come together and share promising practices and strategies aimed at preserving America’s cultural sector, and Denver is the ideal city for these important discussions,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “In Denver, creativity and innovation can be found anywhere, from street art and murals to music that is redefining and confounding genres. We are thrilled to be holding our convention in a city with such strong arts support and engagement.”  
“Colorado is known for its pioneering Western spirit, and visitors here can see how that translates into a welcoming, open, and diverse creative community full of risk-takers and collaborators. Denver has one of the most vibrant cultural sectors in America, and all of us who care deeply about the arts are honored that Americans for the Arts is holding its 2018 Convention here,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. 
“Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is proud to be a significant supporter of the 2018 Americans for the Arts Convention in Denver. We believe deeply in the power of arts and culture to enrich lives and strengthen communities, and the Convention is an important opportunity for those engaged in this work around the country to come together to learn and be inspired. We are also delighted to highlight the vibrant culture of Denver and Colorado,” said Gary Steuer, President & CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. 
Americans for the Arts extends its gratitude to Mayor Michael B. Hancock and its local hosts, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Denver Arts & Venues, and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. The convention is generously supported in part by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Denver Arts & Venues, American Express, AEG, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ovation, and VISIT DENVER.
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.