Connections & Networking

A Valuable Community of Friends & Colleauges

The Conference Schedule is so full of networking opportunities there's never a dull moment at WAA. 

The WAA Annual Conference brings together performing arts professionals around the shared goal of connecting artists and live audiences for one week of business, networking, and learning. The Commons, our combination meeting, event, and exhibit space encourages discovery, conversation, and connection. 

WAA hosts an exciting array of Hospitality Events, scheduled to give you time to relax and enjoy yourself with peers and colleagues. From the Opening Reception to the Annual Luncheon and Closing Event, discover new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends.

Be matched with a mentor through Conference Mentoring, follow the New Colleague Track, and start making your connections at WAA! WAA's Mentor Program helps ensure you get the most out of your conference week. Sign up for the program when you register for the conference, opening spring of 2014.

Early to mid-career professionals - WAA's NextGen - have a vested interest in the future of the performing arts field. This subgroup of the WAA membership works hard throughout the year and hosts its own after-party for future leaders to connect and participate in some inspired conversation and serious bonding.

When exhibiting hours are over for the day, Dine Around the city of Seattle for further networking! Take advantage of the opportunity for a sit-down meal in a small group setting. Dine-Arounds infuse the buzz of The Commons into a more intimate environment. Meet colleagues you may not otherwise connect with during the conference and try a taste of the area's local cuisine. NEW THIS YEAR: Step out of your conference comfort zone with an Adventure Dine Around, featuring tours to new neigborhoods close to downtown with expert local WAA members leading the way!

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators Foundation includes the election of association board members, the annual treasurer's report, activity reports and a general discussion.