Call for Presentations: Americans for the Arts Convention in Pittsburgh 2013

Americans for the Arts invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2013 Annual Convention!

Join us June 14-16, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA to continue the national conversation on the “new normal,” the 2013 Americans for the Arts Convention brings focus to how the arts are meeting the needs of communities as demographic shifts take hold.  The Annual Convention program will explore strategies for communities to adapt, transform, and revitalize in a changing landscape to build the 21st-Century American Community.  The Annual Convention welcomes sessions from members and non-members, so please feel free to forward this message.

We are seeking proposals for two types of presentations:

1.       Convention Sessions, which are 90 minutes and should be complete learning experiences with specific outcomes and learning objectives. Sessions can include multiple speakers, but are limited to no more than four speakers per session.

2.       Roundtable Discussions for Career, Organization, and Community 360.  Roundtable Discussions are a great networking and issue-based discussion opportunity. Roundtables offer a variety of topics related to promoting sustainable careers in the arts and tackling difficult capacity-building issues in arts organizations and your greater community. Roundtables should only include one discussion leader per table.

Proposals should focus on innovative strategies, tested tools, and best practices that relate to the frames of the Annual Convention, including diversity, equity, and access; placemaking; education; social impact; technology; demographic shifts; and building business partnerships and new business models. Beyond these frames, we welcome sessions addressing fundamental concepts in fundraising, advocacy, marketing, and board development and engagement.

Americans for the Arts is also accepting sessions for the Emerging Leaders Preconference and the Public Art Network Preconference. Both preconferences are June 13-14 and end by the start of the Annual Convention. The opportunity to designate your session proposal for one of these two preconferences can be found on the Convention Session proposal form.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and submissions are only accepted online at

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