Americans for the Arts Annual Convention Comes to Nashville

AmericansfortheArtsLogoNashville is celebrating Arts Leadership Weekend Friday through Sunday as the 2014 Annual Convention for Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts and arts education, welcomes more than 1,000 arts professionals, community leaders and supporters of the arts to the Music City.

Nashville Mayor Karl F. Dean proclaimed Arts Leadership Weekend in recognition of the diverse discussions of arts advocacy, education, culture, funding, changing demographics, and leadership that will take place in the city during the convention this weekend. Capitalizing on the city’s vibrant and dynamic spirit, convention attendees will also enjoy a one-of-a-kind opening reception at the recently expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. While online registration is closed, those wishing to attend can register onsite at the Omni Nashville Hotel, according to organizers. There will also be live-streaming of nine convention sessions, including three plenary presentations, on the organization’s You Tube channel; check there for the schedule by clicking here.

“Americans for the Arts is a leading voice and champion for artists, cultural organizations and the creative economy,” says Metro Arts Commission Executive Director Jen Cole. “Having the convention here reinforces the dynamic and growing importance of our creative sector to the city as a whole.”

“We focus on the importance of communities that are incorporating the arts into their programs and events. These local efforts create opportunities of growth, commerce and industry,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO, Americans for the Arts. “Nashville embodies the intersection of business and arts, with its rich legacy of supporting fledgling artists, its unique American charm, and its boundless creative energy.”

The 2014 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention sessions span a diverse host of topics covered in over 30 specialized breakout sessions. (Click here for the convention schedule.) Famed music legend Ben Folds serves as opening keynote this year, sharing insights into his personal history and arts activism. The convention boasts an impressive lineup of other speakers including Graham Beal, director, president and CEO of Detroit Institute of ArtsMarc Bamuthi Joseph, director of performing arts at Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsJanet Brown, president and CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts; and Jamie Bennett, executive director, ArtPlace America.

The 2014 gathering will also feature several opportunities to explore Nashville and its diverse range of art through public art, arts education, and ARTventure Tours. These educational tours are designed to showcase the artistic successes of beautiful Music City.

Americans for the Arts recognizes the following sponsors for their significant support of the 2014 Annual Convention: Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, First Tennessee Bank and Market Street Enterprises.

About Americans for the Arts

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 50 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 info: www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

*Logo courtesy Americans for the Arts.

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