For Immediate Release
Media Advisory
April 25, 2012

San Antonio Contact:
Heather Eichling


San Antonio to host more than 1,100 arts professionals at Americans for the Arts' Annual Convention in June

WHAT: Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, will hold its 2012 Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX from June 8-10, 2012. Americans for the Arts is also holding both a Public Art Preconference and Emerging Leaders Preconference in San Antonio on June 7, 2012.

WHO: Keynote speakers at the convention include, Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation; and Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning poet, writer, anthologist, educator and celebrated author.

WHEN: Friday, June 8, 2012 — Sunday, June 10, 2012

WHERE: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market Street

MORE: The annual convention is the largest gathering in the nation of arts leaders and their partners in creative business, education and government. It's been nearly 40 years since San Antonio has hosted an AFTA convention. Local arts professionals will be engaged in national conversations about the new arts landscape, "The New Normal," and how arts and culture can shape a community. The convention will showcase all the best San Antonio art, performances, cuisine, and culture through tours, receptions, and special programming for a true Texas experience. Additional convention details to be announced soon! Early Bird Registration deadline is April 27.

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Contact Heather Eichling for San Antonio convention details. For information about Americans for the Arts, contact Catherine Brandt at 202.712.2054 or or go to



Heather Eichling
Public Information Officer
Office of Cultural Affairs
City of San Antonio
210.207.6960 office

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