Announcing the 2017 Annual Convention Opening Keynote: Bryan Stevenson! @ Americans for the Arts

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This June 16-18, join more than 1,000 of your colleagues in San Francisco and explore ways to encourage greater equity, access and activism in the arts!

Your 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention will feature:
  • 100+ speakers at 35+ sessions 
  • 2 preconferences 
  • 10 ARTventure Tours across the Bay Area

Bryan StevensonWe're excited to announce our opening keynote from Bryan Stevenson! As the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and an acclaimed public interest lawyer, Stevenson has dedicated his career to fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination.
In addition to his work in the courtroom, Stevenson is helping shepherd powerful works of public art like the Memorial to Peace and Justice, which will feature the names of more than 4,000 lynching victims. Stevenson will share his personal story and talk about the crucial role of arts in pursuing the dream of equal justice and cultural equity.
Visit the Schedule At-a-Glance to see more new sessions, presenters, and other weekly program updates. 
Annual Convention is the networking event for nonprofit arts leaders across the country. From interactive sessions and after-hours events, there are ample opportunities to share ideas, brainstorm and just have a great time!
  • Opening Reception – Friday, June 16 at Exploratium: Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones at this unique cultural venue with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge. 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!
  • Members Reception - Saturday, June 17: After a long day of sessions, enjoy a casual reception and connect with your fellow Americans for the Arts members! Or learn about the value of becoming a member (all attendees are welcome!) 
Register before April 12 to get our special early bird discount! With student registrations and Americans for the Arts member discounts, there are many ways to save money and still enjoy the full Convention experience. Visit for complete pricing and registration information, and get more tips in savings from our Ways to Save page.
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