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Host a Future STP&A Conference

Host a future STP&A!

STP&A is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and students that explores key trends, practices and policy issues affecting the arts around the world. STP&A is the oldest and one of the most influential academic gatherings of researchers and practitioners in the field of arts management and cultural policy. STP&A participants are drawn from a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to: 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. The conference is affiliated with the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society (JAMLS), which has been an authoritative peer-reviewed journal in arts management and cultural policy for more than 40 years.

Conference Overview

The conference is typically a mix of paper presentations, panels, keynote speakers, and social events. Additionally, some conference hosts also chose to include cultural tours and special events as part of the conference schedule. 

Conference Management 

Overall responsibility for the functioning of STP&A conference is vested in both the STP&A Board of Directors and the conference host. 

Local Host Committee: The host institution will appoint a local host committee to handle local activities and logistical support. This may include a welcome reception, hospitality events, student volunteers, and connections to local speakers and/or dignitaries. This committee will work closely with the STP&A Board of Director’s Conference Committee. The local host committee has the opportunity to shape the conference agenda.

Conference Committee: The STPA Conference Planning Committee is comprised of representatives from the membership.  The planning committee is responsible for a number of activities, conversations, and functions in advance of and during the conference – all with the primary goal of creating a conference event that is beneficial for STP&A members and all conference attendees. 

Instructions for future host applications.

Conference Host Application

If you are interested in hosting a future STP&A, please make a copy of the application and prepare your responses to the questions. 

Conference Host Application

Host applications must be submitted no later than April 1st for consideration for the following year. Completed applications can be submitted to along with any supporting documentation. Conference host applications are reviewed up to three years in advance of the applicant’s intended year to host.