Creativation by NAMTA

Education | March 23 - March 24, 2024
Trade Show | March 25 - 27, 2024

New Orleans, LA | Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The can't-miss trade show for the creative materials industry.
Creativation brings together fine art and craft materials suppliers, retailers, and creative professionals.

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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.

Detailed Education Schedule


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

2024 Exhibiting Companies



Welcome Reception
Join us Sunday evening to say hello to friends old and new with complimentary beer, wine, and light hors d'oeuvres. There will be a short presentation including the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Make sure you stick around for our exciting location announcement for Creativation by Namta 2025!
Time: Sunday, March 24, 2024, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Location: New Orleans Marriott, Grand Ballroom
Tickets: Free

Creativation Kick-Off!
Begin the first day of Creativation trade show with a bang! Join us for the 2024 ribbon-cutting ceremony, and treat you and your team to a grab-n-go breakfast, beverages, and lively jazz tunes!
Time: Monday, March 25, 2024, 8:00 am
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Tickets: Free

President's Reception 
Join us at the annual President's Reception and be dazzled by the spectacular Mardi Gras Floats, enchanted by the live music, and delighted by the delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Come experience magicians, jugglers, tarot card readers, and more. This is an evening you and your team will never forget.
Time: Monday, March 25, 2024, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Mardi Gras World
Tickets: $65 per person

Meet and Greet: Coffee with the Creative Professionals
Come meet the Creative Professional Members of Namta and learn how they can help your business. This event is for Creativation Professionals and Exhibitors only.
Time: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 8:00 am to 9:00 am.
Location: Demo Alley on the trade show floor 
Tickets: Free 

Next Generation Happy Hour
Join us for a social throwdown with the '45's and under' at Stumpy's Hatchet House. Experience networking alongside the thrill of hatchet throwing, just minutes from the French Quarter.
Time: Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Location: Stumpy's Hatchet House
Tickets: $25 per person

Old Timer's Whiskey Tasting
Aged out of the Next Generation Happy Hour? Join us in a guided tasting of some of our favorite whiskies from Buffalo Trace Distillery. This class introduces you to the art of nosing, tasting, and evaluating spirits from a bourbon-lover’s perspective.
Time: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
Location: Sazerac House
Tickets: $25 per person 

Full Creativation 2024 Schedule

 "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



Discounted Air Travel

NAMTA is happy to offer discounted airfare and up to 25% more Rapid Rewards bonus points on flights to and from New Orleans, LA through our preferred carrier Southwest Airlines, for travel between March 20 - 31, 2024.

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Discounted Air Travel

NAMTA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with United Airlines for discounted airfare between 5-8 % depending upon class of service. This discount is valid on flights to and from New Orleans, LA  for travel between March 20 -31,2024.

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Hotel Accommodations

Our host hotel—New Orleans Marriott—places the best of the French Quarter within your reach. It is located near the Warehouse District, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and the Convention Center. Book by February 28, 2024 for group rates.

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Creativation by NAMTA 2024 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 is free for current NAMTA members; if you are a member, registration opening date will be announced in the Fall. There is a fee for registration for nonmembers to attend Creativation; contact NAMTA for more information.

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.

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

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