Media Advisory for Creativation in Phoenix, Arizona

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Creativation is the Association For Creative Industries’ (AFCI) 77th Annual Conference & Trade Show taking place Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Monday, January 22, 2018.

What: Creativation is the Association For Creative Industries’ (AFCI) premier trade event and homecoming for the global creative arts products industry, which spotlights education and innovation in arts and crafts, with a focus on edible arts, kids crafts, and other emerging product segments in 2018. The event will begin with the U.S. Postal Service’s issuing ceremony of the Love Flourishes Forever stamp. Qualifying businesses and media only are invited to attend the conference and trade show. The issuing ceremony of the Love Flourishes Forever stamp is free and open to the public.

When: The conference and trade show will run from Thursday, January 18, 2018 through Monday, January 22, 2018. The U.S. Postal Service’s Love Flourishes Forever Stamp Issuing Ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00a.m. MST. Visit for the complete schedule of events.

Where: Phoenix Convention Center, North Hall, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Background: AFCI strives to deliver innovative high value services as we support our members who provide products and services to educate, entertain, and inspire creative consumers. Our members include the manufacturers, retailers, distributors, designers, educators, digital content providers, professional makers and DIYers, and other creative professionals that comprise the $36 billion+ creative arts industries in the United States alone. For more information about AFCI, membership, or its annual Creativation trade event, visit

The U.S. Postal Service’s Love Flourishes stamp art features a fanciful garden of colorful flowers surrounding the word “Love” written in cursive script. Hand-painted with opaque watercolors on paper by artist Anna Bond, the original art is whimsical and vibrant, at once retro and timeless. The flower garden includes stylized roses, peonies, and dahlias in pink, coral, and yellow, with pale blue-green berries and gold fronds and leaves. The word “Forever” appears in the lower right-hand corner of the stamp, and “USA” is on the lower left. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp using Bond’s original art. For more information about the U.S. Postal Service, visit

Please note: Press badges are provided to reporters and journalists who work for established print, online and broadcast news organizations, and industry and financial analysts employed by or belonging to a recognized association, firm or media agency. Reporters and journalists need to provide credentials to get approved for press access to the event. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. For media credential requirements and to pre-register, visit

Follow AFCI on Facebook (@AFCI.Global), Twitter (@AFCI_Global) and Instagram (@AFCI_Global) and the Creativation event hashtag, #Creativation18. For more information about Creativation, visit

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