Americans For the Arts Conference: The New Normal in San Antonio June 8-10

by Bill Davenport May 23, 2012

On June 8-10 San Antonio will host Americans for the Arts’ 2012 Annual Convention. A long weekend of speakers and panels will address the convention’s theme, The New Normal, strategizing about how arts organizations can cope with tight budgets, changing demographics, and a swelling digital generation. Keynote speakers will include Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation, and  poet, writer, and educator Naomi Shihab Nye.

Everybody’s happy, at least in the press release: “We are pleased to be holding our convention in San Antonio, a city that is leveraging its myriad cultures, creativity and vibrant arts community to build its future.” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. Likewise, “We are extremely excited to have been selected to host the 2012 Americans for the Arts convention,” said Felix Padrón, Director of the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs.

In addition to the main show, Americans for the Arts is holding two preconferences. The first, a Public Art Preconference on Thursday and Friday, June 7-8, will provide professional development, resources and information on current public art. The second, an Emerging Leaders Preconference, will provide leadership development for directors and wannabes, discussing their roles in the broader community and the opportunity to discover the path from arts professionals to community leaders.

Registration for the event ranges from $200 for penny-pinching students who register early (today’s the last day!) up to $650 for art professionals who pay at the door. Full details and schedules are online at

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