From Arts Education to the Country Music Hall of Fame, from Big Data and Advocacy to Ben Folds, from Creative Placemaking to Hatch Show Prints, the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention was designed to inspire arts leaders from all across the country … and inspire it did!
For nearly 60 years, Americans for the Arts has convened an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts. And Nashville was the perfect place to see those collaborations in action, and Nashville’s mayor, Karl Dean, and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission were the perfect hosts.
“Metro Arts was founded to provide leadership around arts & culture in Nashville. This is a broad mission with many interpretations. In 2010, Metro Arts adopted a way to articulate and measure success through a Theory of Change. Simply, Metro Arts believes that every citizen should have the ability to experience and participate in a creative life.”
You can relive the convention by visiting the Americans for the Arts YouTube channel to watch some break-out sessions or any of the plenary sessions, and you can take a look at all of our social media as well.
Here are words of wisdom gleaned from #AFTACon 2014:
So what can New Jersey adopt from the most inspiring arts leaders from across the country? What can we learn from one of America’s most artistic cities? What can our state do to ensure that our citizens experience a collaborative creative collective?
Please share your thoughts, and let’s keep the conversation going!