Choose your preferred language
by Association For Creative Industries
January ​18-​22, 2018

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
Education begins January ​18
Show floor open January 2​0-22


Search Menu

2018 Features

If you didn't attend Creativation in 2017, imagine this: a bustling urban area where traditional exhibitor booths are storefronts and the featured destinations represent everyday places you would recognize in your hometown, such as the local bakery, bistro, or university. This is the basic premise of Creativation – a place where creative businesses of all types and sizes can visit to discover new and exciting opportunities; a place that feels familiar, like home, yet that facilitates new partners and connections, and prepares your business for the year ahead and beyond.

Whether you plan to walk the trade show by following street signs or by way of the Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour Bus, here are places and events you should look for while attending Creativation:

Art Studio

Everyone is an artist in this creative studio space. Learn the basics of painting through the Society of Decorative Painters’ new Make With Paint™ program. Celebrate your creativity with a glass of wine during a Paint-n-Sip event* hosted by Plaid.

Artisan Fair

Learn a new craft at the Artisan Fair featuring Phoenix artists, artisans and crafters.

Camp Creativity

Relive your summer camp days at Camp Creativity – bringing your favorite summer crafts to life and focusing on an ever-growing sector of our industry: Kids’ Crafts. Participate in the fun and learn more about this sector by stopping by the booth and visiting with 4KidsCo, Crayola and Plaid, or by attending the General Session* presented by Crayola on Sunday, January 21.

Creativation University

Learn what’s new, what’s trending and how you can drive your business forward to success through seminars and workshops at Creativation University. Participate in classes that channel your enthusiasm, sharpen your business skills, and expand your knowledge of the creative arts industry – all led by industry experts, professional educators, and your creative peers.

Creator Lounge

Creative influencers and creators who develop content, promote brands, educate consumers and influence buyers are invited to use the Creator Lounge, sponsored by Floracraft.

Edible Arts District

Visit the Edible Arts Pavilion, sponsored by Satin Ice, and immerse yourself in the cookie decorating and sugar arts industry. Connect with inspiring artists, discover delicious products, teachable techniques and the incredible potential of the edible arts, sure to excite and revitalize you with a new creative energy.

Innovations Center

Discover never-before seen products, ideas, trends, techniques and devices through hands-on and interactive displays in the Innovations Center, sponsored by Michaels. Meet the individuals who are launching their mold-breaking innovations at the event and competing in The Ultimate Pitch to win $10,000 and become the Top Creative Innovation of 2018.

International Bistro

Enjoy a cup of coffee or sip on some wine or beer while networking with vendors from around the world, including the U.K, France, Germany, Japan, China and more.

Sharing the Creative Heart

On Sunday, January 21, look for free hidden pieces of art passionately made by the AFCI Designer Section members. All of the art pieces will be tagged with a special message. When you find your piece of art, take a photo and post it to Instagram using #CREATIVATION.

Technology Park

Find the latest and greatest gadgets, technologies, software and information technology from business solutions vendors in this modern space. Sit in and listen to iDiscover Chats – 15 minute, informative and exciting inspirational talks featuring speakers sharing tips and resources for creative organizations of all sizes.

Town Square

Join your friends and business partners in Town Square to pick up some delicious treats from a food truck, chat on a park bench, or take a break and plan your next move.

*Ticket required. Purchase a ticket when you register online.