Arts Midwest Conference

2017 Arts Midwest Conference | Columbus, Ohio

Monday, August 28—Thursday, August 31, 2017

Phare Circus from Cambodia concludes their sponsored Luncheon performance in front of a ballroom full of attendees at the 2016 Conference in Milwaukee.

Registration is open now!

Connect with your colleagues and experience the performing arts together! Our online registration is now open, and we hope you’ll commit to joining us by signing up yourself, your organization, and your colleagues today.


This year’s Conference venue, the Hyatt Regency Columbus, is within walking distance from The Short North, a lively and artistic neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Photo courtesy the Short North Business Association.

The Arts Midwest Conference is coming to Columbus, Ohio

The preeminent booking and education conference for the Midwest performing arts industry will take place Monday, August 28–Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Connect with your colleagues and experience the performing arts together. We are 1,100 arts professional comprising Midwest performing arts presenters; artists, managers, and agents; and arts administrators from communities across the country and beyond.

Explore thousands of artists in our exhibit hall and see hundreds of performances. Be inspired by the creativity and expression of artists from all genres: dance, music, theater, variety, youth & family, and everything in between.

Challenge your perceptions. Raise the important questions. Bring new ideas home. We’re committed to introducing new voices, elevating diverse perspectives, and finding innovative solutions to our challenges.

Make lasting memories. It’s a busy four days, but there’s still time to discover Columbus with your colleagues–from the Columbus Museum of Art to a baseball game at Huntington Park.


Theresa Holden and Janet Herman Barlow pose for a photo at the Columbus Museum of Art during a busy site visit to to prepare for the 2017 Arts Midwest Conference.

Announcing the 2017 Conference co-chairs

We are thrilled to announce Janet Herman Barlow, Director at Stocker Arts Center/Lorain County Community College, and Theresa Holden, Co-Director of Holden Arts & Associates, will serve as your Conference co-chairs. These two share a deep commitment to the Conference and will work closely with Arts Midwest staff to prepare for 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

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