Social Theory, Politics, & the Arts is an international membership organization of researchers, policy-makers, educators, practitioners, artists, and students that explores arts trends, practices, and policies.

The STP&A Conference is the oldest and one of the most influential academic gatherings in the field of arts management and cultural policy. STP&A participants are drawn from a broad range of disciplines including political science, sociology, economics, law, arts management, arts education, art history, museum studies, cultural studies, education, and policy studies as well as arts managers and artists.

2020 Conference UPDATE

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our annual conference, scheduled for October 8-10 in Sarasota, Florida, has been postponed to October 7-9, 2021. 

This was a difficult decision but we believe the right choice based on current conditions and projections for the foreseeable future.  These include not only the course of the COVID-19 pandemic but also its impacts on university travel budgets; the likelihood that large gatherings will be prohibited and other social distancing; and the lack of either widespread testing or a vaccine. 

While it was discussed, at this time we are not considering a virtual conference. However, we are considering how to continue to serve our membership in the 2020-21 academic year.

All of us are deeply disappointed – we love the opportunity to gather ourselves together in a community of scholars, teachers, colleagues, and friends.  Alas, not this year.  

We wish you, and yours, good health, peace, and safety. 

All our best,
STPA Board of Directors

STP&A is affiliated with the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society (JAMLS), which has been an authoritative peer-reviewed journal in the arts management and cultural policy for more than 40 years.