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Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention 2012


Assistant Professor Ya'Ke Smith was asked to participate and host an event in this year’s Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. Smith’s films have screened at more than 80 film festivals nationwide, including South by Southwest, and have received awards from the Director’s Guild of America, HBO, and others.

Americans for the Arts Annual Convention 2012—took place June 8–10, 2012 in San Antonio, TX. With more than 1,100 arts and community leaders as they explored how the arts functions, changes, and thrives in The New Normal. It’s also about rapidly changing demographics: a huge increase in the number of Americans over the age of 65; a switch from majority-minority America to one that is increasingly multiethnic; and a swelling digital generation with different world views.


Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. From offices in Washington, DC and New York City they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and to creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.