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Americans for the Arts to include Redford, Waters

The Sundance Kid himself will be among the slew of glitterati stopping off in Baltimore next month to speak at the annual convention for Americans for the Arts.

Robert Redford is among a roster of famous folk including filmmaker John Waters, avant-garde theater and opera director Peter Sellars, and blog founder Arianna Huffington scheduled to attend the convention sponsored by the advocacy group, Americans for the Arts, from June 24-27.

Unfortunately, fans will have to be content with spotting the stars from the distance. The public is being invited only to a performance of Waters' one-actor show, "The Filthy World" — and tickets for that event are limited.

The convention is the chance for arts leaders to get together once a year to discuss key issues affecting the industry. Thus, the three-day event is filled with panels on such special-interest topics as the changing nature of individual engagement in the arts, and the future of private sector support.

In addition, this year's convention is being billed as a "half-century summit" that will celebrate the major cultural achievements in the U.S. over the past 50 years.

Event highlights include:

The convention will kick off with Waters' performance at 10 p.m. Thursday, June 24 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets cost $63 and can be purchased by calling 410-332-0033, or at

Huffington, co-founder and editor of "The Huffington Post," will deliver the keynote address at noon Friday, followed by remarks made by Redford, the convention's honorary chairman.

A panel at 2 p.m. Sunday will feature some of the most innovative artists working today, from Sellars, known for his highly unconventional stagings of theater and opera classics; MacArthur award-winning choreographer, Liz Lerman, and acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer.

For more information on the convention, go to


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