Creativation by NAMTA

Education | March 31 - April 1
Trade Show | April 2 - 4

The can't-miss trade show for the creative materials industry. Registration is now open for the one-and-only Creativation, bringing together fine art and craft materials suppliers, retailers and creative professionals.

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Presenting the 2023 Industry Research Study and Panel Discussion

Join us Sunday, April 2nd for a special members-only session with Provoke Insights, a full-service market research firm, at Creativation by NAMTA for a first look at exclusive research profiling the arts and crafts consumer, their behaviors and preferences, and buying journey. Plus hear insights from industry leaders on what the findings mean for business in 2023 and beyond. Moderator: David Pyle.


Chris DiTullio, CCO, Joann Gail Pasquier, CCO, Colart Bob Buchsbaum, CEO, Blick

Christopher DiTullio

Gail Pasquier

Bob Buchsbaum

Mike McCooey
Plaid Enterprises

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education sessions


international exhibitors

Learn hands-on techniques and business insights for creative professionals and art materials retailers of all sizes.

All Education Sessions


Network one-on-one on the trade show floor, plus enjoy first looks and live demos of the latest fine art and crafts products.

All Exhibitors



Saturday, April 1  |  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Get ready for the Trade Show opening! This event is free for all NAMTA members.
Location: Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Columbus

Sunday, April 2  | 7 - 10 p.m.

President's Reception 
NAMTA's premier party hosted by the Board of Directors.
Location: COSI (Center of Science & Industry)
Tickets: $65 per person (purchase in advance with registration)

 Monday, April 3 | 8 - 9 a.m.
Meet and Greet: Coffee with the Creative Professionals
Join us to get to know and learn how to collaborate with our Creative Professional members over complimentary coffee.
Location: Greater Columbus Covention Center, Room C172

Monday, April 3 |  6 - 8 p.m.
Next Generation Happy Hour
Connect with fellow rising stars in the industry. Open to NAMTA members under age 45.
Location: Pins Mechanical Company
Tickets: $25 per person (purchase in advance with registration)

5th Annual Cornhole Tournament
Take a break and enjoy some friendly competition on the Trade Show floor.
Location: Trade Show floor
Tickets: $25 per team

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 "The relationships we were able to nurture and the creativity we were able to experience allows us to gain the knowledge we need to be the best we can for our customers."


— Brick and mortar retailer


Greater Columbus Convention Center


Discounted Air Travel

NAMTA is happy to offer discounted airfare and up to 25% more Rapid Rewards bonus points on flights to and from Columbus, Ohio through our preferred carrier Southwest Airlines, for travel between March 27 and April 4, 2023. 

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Hotel Accommodations

Our two host hotels—Hyatt Regency Columbus and Hilton Columbus Downtown—adjoin the convention center and are walking distance from shops and restaurants in the Short North Arts District. Book by March 8, 2023 for group rates.

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A Special Thank You Our 2023 Creativation Sponsors




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Is Creativation open to the public?
Creativation by NAMTA is open to the trade only. Learn more about our membership categories.

How much is registration for Creativation?
Registration for is free for current NAMTA members; if you are a member, register now. There is a fee for registration for nonmembers to attend Creativation. Learn more about nonmember registration.

Is the trade show floor open on Educations Days?
Only for exhibitor setup. Education days are for members and attendees who want to attend product workshops and business seminars.

Where can you park at Convention Center?
If you are staying at one of the host hotels, you can walk to the convention center. If you are traveling from a non-host hotel in Columbus, or elsewhere in the area, there is plenty of paid parking available at convention center. Learn more about host hotels, parking and shuttles.

What COVID-19 safety measures are in place?
Neither face coverings nor proof of vaccination is required by the Greater Columbus Convention Center, but it still strongly recommends face coverings for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. Read more about the GCCC's health and safety practices and policies.

Can I rent scooters?
The Greater Columbus Convention Center provides scooter rentals through its Guest Services Department.

Are kids allowed on the Trade Show floor?
Children under age 16 are not allowed on the Trade Show floor. See all show policies.

Do you offer discounts from other hotels and airlines?
NAMTA only offers special rates with our two host hotels and our preferred airline listed above. Neither NAMTA nor our partners will ever contact you to solicit hotel stays or personal information. Learn more about how to avoid scams.

Has NAMTA received an official statement regarding East Palestine, OH?
Yes, the safety of Creativation by NAMTA attendees and exhibitors is of the utmost importance to our staff. Please read the statement below from Columbus, OH:

The Feb. 3 derailment of a train carrying hazardous chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio happened 180 miles outside of Columbus and, according to the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities, which tests the city's raw and finished water regularly, is far outside our local watershed and poses no risk to our local water supplies.

If you have any additional questions, contact us at [email protected].