AMA-CON was started by Friends of the Amarillo Public Library in 2012 and has grown into an event that is a gift to the Amarillo community and a significant fundraiser—allowing the Friends to continue their mission to support the Amarillo Public Library by providing funds for programs such as the Summer Reading Club, AMARILLO READS Community Reading Program, English as a Second Language and Citizenship Classes, STEM programs, and many other education and enrichment events planned by Library staff throughout the year.
The Friends are delighted to announce a special guest for this year’s con. You may know him because of his work on critically acclaimed biopics such as Stand and Deliver or Selena, or beloved animated films like The Road to El Dorado and Coco. Or you may know his television work on programs such as Miami Vice, The West Wing, Dexter, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or Battlestar Galactica.
Edward James Olmos is an Academy Award nominee, two-time Golden Globe winner, Emmy winner, and a Tony nominee. His other accolades include the Saturn Award, Behind the Voice Award, ALMA award, and the Independent Spirit.
Olmos is also a noted humanitarian having worked with and contributed to organizations such as The United Way, ONE Campaign, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the National Wildlife Federation, the Thank You Ocean Campaign, and many others.
At AMA-CON 2018, Edward James Olmos will join other guests Nnedi Okorafor, Ronald L Smith, and Sabrina Symington on the Diversity in Pop Culture panel and offer a Q&A with fans.
He will also present a keynote address on Saturday evening—USA, the world I’m living in. This will be a separately ticketed event. Tickets go on sale at noon today through Panhandle Tickets—and that will allow us to offer online AMA-CON tickets for the first time—as attendees will have the option to purchase a keynote ticket that includes a two-day admission to AMA-CON.
Remember to mark your calendars for AMA-CON 2018— August 4 & 5 – and join us to EXPLORE the AWESOMENESS!