Arts Festival Conference 2016

Houston, Texas
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Arts Festival Conference 2016
Thursday, October 06, 2016 9:00 AM -
Friday, October 07, 2016 4:00 PM (Central Time)

The Whitehall Hotel
1700 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77002
United States

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 Event Details
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 Registration Fees
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 About ZAPP®
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The eighth annual Arts Festival Conference, presented by ZAPP®, will take place Oct. 6-7, 2016, in Houston, Texas. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Art Colony Association's Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, offering attendees the chance to see one of Texas' most celebrated art events following the two-day professional development conference.

                    Artists and administrators addressing art fair topics during Connecting the Dots in 2015.

The 2016 Conference was tailored specifically for professionals in the art fair and festival industry — not just ZAPP® users! As an attendee, you can take advantage of all the following and more:

  • vital networking opportunities,
  • professional development tailored specifically to helping artists and shows improve their sales and events,
  • conversation with artists, show directors and promoters to learn about trends affecting and shaping the art fair industry, 
  • a portfolio review and critique using ZAPP®'s projected jury technology, and
  • one-on-one opportunities with ZAPP® staff for quick refreshers or to learn new system features
Come down to Houston with us this year where America's fourth largest city is home to renowned arts, culture, dining, and the Bayou City Art Festival


ZAPP® offers different registration options to fit your needs. See below for rates and important deadlines.

 1. Early Bird: Discounts for registrations received on or before July 31, 2016.
 2. Regular Rates: Applies to registrations received on or after Aug. 1, 2016.
 3. Group Rates: Discount when two or more parties from the same organization/business register together.
 4. Day Passes: Available for Thursday or Friday sessions. Not eligible for group pricing or refunds.

      June 15 to July 31, 2016 
    • Two-day conference registration: $265 person
    • Group registration (2 or more people): $215 per person
    • Day pass registration: $150 per person
      Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, 2016
    • Two-day conference registration: $315 per person
    • Group registration (2 or more people): $265 per person
    • Day pass registration: $165 per person

     Please note that online registration ends on Sept. 30, 2016. On-site registration starts Oct. 5, 2016.


    All conference information will be sent out via email. Interested artists can opt-in to the System Communication option on their profiles to receive email updates. Other interested parties can CLICK HERE to be added to the Conference information email group.

    The ZAPP® team will also send out Conference information via Facebook and Twitter. Look for and use the official conference hashtag,

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    The ZAPP® system grew out of a nonprofit partnership between eight major arts festivals and WESTAF and has been praised by both art festival administrators and artists alike. ZAPP® allows artists to apply online to art festivals and allows art festivals to manage their application, administration, and jury processes online. Since its launch in 2004, ZAPP® has become the premier internet art festival tool — serving more than 700 events and 70,000 artists.

    ABOUT WESTAF is a service of WESTAF. WESTAF is a nonprofit arts service and research organization and an experienced developer of technology solutions for the arts. WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts by engaging in arts-policy research and state arts agency development, developing innovative programs, and supporting programming for artists and arts organizations. Additionally, WESTAF regularly convenes experts and leaders to address critical issues affecting arts and culture. Founded in 1974, WESTAF is the largest of six regional arts organizations in the United States and is proud to have several artists on staff.

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    Payment Instructions

    • Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Diners Club are accepted through RegOnline.  If you wish to pay by check, please email the conference director, Christina Villa. On-site registration payment options are credit card and cash.

      For more information regarding conference rates and deadlines, visit the Registration Fees section

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