Playwright August Wilson will be among the keynote speakers for "Linking Americans and the Arts: An Arts Congress," the first convention of Americans for the Arts.
Scheduled for June 7-10 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the conference will include two other keynoters: Sara E. Melƒndez, president of Independent Sector, a nonprofit coalition of more than 800 corporate, foundation, and voluntary organizations with a national interest and impact in philanthropy and voluntary action; and John Steinmetz, an innovative musician and composer, who has actively melded technology and music to develop experimental software for teaching children about music and computer programs capable of performing in chamber music.
Wilson, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, has received recent notoriety for his opinions on the paucity of black theatre in America and on nontraditional casting.
The congress will include information-sharing on advocacy, arts education, fund-raising, leadership development and current trends; and creative learning opportunities including hands-on clinics, technology lab, and field trips. Other offerings will include peer-to-peer networking and standing caucus group meetings.