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Conferences and Workshops

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Americans for the Arts 2017 Annual Convention
Americans for the Arts
San Francisco
Date: 06-16-2017 thru 06-18-2017
For the 2017 Annual Convention, Americans for the Arts and our members are heading to San Francisco to explore this iconic arts destination and to discuss the pressing issues of equity, accessibility, and community building. With a vibrant culture and history of experimentation, San Francisco has long been a haven for artists and innovators. During the tumultuous summer of 1967, thousands sought out San Francisco for refuge in expression, community and art.

On the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, join us in helping transform our communities and organizations, and discover what makes San Francisco such a culturally vibrant and creative city!

This year's Annual Convention will explore the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, equitable communities. Talks will revolve around five core themes:

Engaging Equity: How do we learn and lead in pursuing equity inside and outside the arts?
Inspiring Activation: How can we support activist and experimental spirit in the arts?
Embracing Reinvention: How can we be proactive in moments of transformation?
Celebrating Optimism: How can we raise up the creativity and hope within our communities?
Building Skills: What are the primary skills needed for individuals to succeed in the arts today?

Looking for additional information? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or take a look at our Past Highlights page.

2017 ACSO Annual Conference
Omni Los Angeles Hotel
Date: 07-20-2017 thru 07-22-2017
Early Registration: 05-15-2017
The 2017 ACSO Annual Conference registration is now open and the website contains information about breakout sessions, networking opportunities, special events, and much more. Don't forget to keep checking back as we continue to finalize new sessions and speakers.

The ACSO Annual Conference centers around the field's needs and is in response to industry challenges and trends for more than 300 attendees.

Professional development topics are centered around orchestra management fundamentals, including marketing, fundraising, governance, planning, and finance, as well as issues facing our communities, like cultural diversity, policy, and advocacy.

This year, the Annual Conference is hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) in conjunction with the National Take a Stand Symposium, which brings together leaders, teachers, researchers, and key stakeholders from around the world with a vested interest in the El Sistema movement and progressive practices in music education. Registration to the ACSO Annual Conference gets you access to the National Take a Stand Symposium - two convenings for the price of one!


Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference
Date: 08-03-2018
Early Registration: 06-30-2017
The 28th annual Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference (MCWC 2017) will be held from August 3 to August 5 at the Mendocino Middle School in Mendocino, California. MCWC 2017 promises to be a vibrant gathering, offering morning workshops in a wide range of genres and relevant to differing experience levels-from a dedicated emerging writers' workshop to a juried-in master class. Afternoons are packed with craft seminars, pitch panels, one-on-one consultations, and open mics; and every evening offers an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie and connection that make this conference, in the words of a 2016 participant, "life changing."

MCWC 2017 faculty will include John W. Evans, Shara McCallum, Michael Lukas, Jody Gehrman, Kat Meads, Lewis Buzbee, and Lisa Locascio. April Eberhardt, Elizabeth Kracht, and Jessica Sinsheimer will be the agents participating. Editor Hilary Lawson and book marketer Ann Edwards from HarperOne will lead a one-day, stand-alone or add-on publishing bootcamp on Sunday, August 6. And our keynote speaker will be Michael Krasny: author, scholar, professor of English and American literature, award-winning broadcast journalist, and since 1993, the host of KQED/NPR's "Forum with Michael Krasny."

Registration opens March 1. The registration fee, which includes most meals, is $575 before June 30 and $625 thereafter. One-on-one manuscript consultations are available for an additional $60. Participation in the post-conference publishing bootcamp is $150. Deep discounts are available at area hotels, and a wide range of scholarships is offered (application deadline May 15). General registration is first come, first served. Visit for more information or contact our registrar, Barbara Lee, at 707. 485.4031 or