2015 Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference

The 48th Annual Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference
August 31 - September 3, 2015
The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver BC

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Upcoming Conferences

2016 Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference
J.W. Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
August 29 - September 1, 2016

A Focused & Innovative Marketplace

Western Arts Alliance convenes presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The conference features 175 exhibits, 150+ performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. WAA's Commons combines exhibit, meeting, and hospitality activities in one compact space. Join our community of dedicated professionals in Vancouver, BC for four productive days of artistic exploration, insight, and business.


From established artists to emerging talent, access artists in every discipline to fit your programming needs and budget. Expand your artistic programming expertise and technical knowledge through our Professional Development courses, in-conference workshops, roundtables, and conversations with peers. Between WAA's Independent and Juried Showcase programs, WAA offers more than 170 performances from a range of disciplines and esthetics.

Artists, Managers, and Agents

Share your or your artists' work with more than 200 presenting organizations based in the West. Introduce a project to a room full of Presenters during our fast-moving Speed Leads, or enjoy great social and professional networking over local cuisine on a Dine-Around. Broaden your range of practical skills to help plan and achieve effective tours during our Professional Development Institute. Performing artists will find opportunities for stimulating discussions about art and ideas with other artists, agents, and presenters.