Arts and Culture at the Crossroads

What does it mean to come together, acknowledge history, imagine the future, and carry forward together? Find out in our opening keynote, featuring remarks from author and playwright R. Eric Thomas and Congresswoman and arts champion Teresa Leger Fernández. In addition, explore the cultural history of Washington, D.C., from its Indigenous peoples to its long African-American legacy, see the debut of an exciting new version of the Arts + Social Impact Explorer, and hear from Americans for the Arts President and CEO Nolen V. Bivens about the principles guiding Americans for the Arts forward and the transformative change the field is undergoing. All of that opened by a rousing welcome from D.C.'s own Crush Funk Brass!


R. Eric Thomas, author, biographer, playwright, and columnist
Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, Representative (D-New Mexico), U.S. House of Representatives (pre-recorded remarks)
Nolen V. Bivens, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Debra Garcia y Griego, Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
Andrea Noble, Executive Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts
Heran Sereke-Brhan, Executive Director, DC Commission on the Arts and the Humanities
Clay Lord, Vice President of Strategic Impact, Americans for the Arts
Ruby Lopez Harper, Vice President of Equity and Local Arts Engagement, Americans for the Arts

Artistic Performance by Crush Funk Brass