Trade Show Policies

updated 2/9/2022

 Non-Exhibiting Suppliers

  • Non-Member Suppliers, and Member Suppliers, who are not exhibiting will be permitted on the trade show floor after making payment of a $3,000.00 per person entry fee.

  • Members who are in the Non-North American/Non-Exhibiting Supplier category can attend the trade show with no entry fee if:
    Any Non-North American/Non-Exhibiting Supplier that is attending the trade show as a Buyer will be allowed on the show floor if:
    • they either have a booth
    • or, their product line is being shown/exhibited by their North American Distributor

                            Selling by Non-Exhibitors at the trade show is not permitted.

Independent Representatives and Exhibitors with Independent Representatives Working in Their Booth

  • Independent Representatives that are members of Namta and are attending the trade show must have a badge with their company name on it.
  • If an Exhibiting Supplier, that the Independent Representative is contracted by, would like the Independent Representative to wear a badge from the Exhibiting Supplier's company while working in their booth, this will be permitted as long as the Independent Representative is a current Namta member.
  • If the Exhibitor provides a badge to a non-member Independent Representative that is working in their booth, the Exhibitor will be billed $200.00, which is the equivalent to an Independent Reps annual dues.


Retail Buyers - All participants of Art Materials World featuring Creativation that are retailer/buyers must be an owner or employee of that business. If a badge is required for a non-employee, please contact Namta at [email protected].

Age Requirement - Due to safety concerns and the business nature of the trade show, Namta does not allow children under the age of sixteen (16), including infants, in the exhibit hall. Children under the age of sixteen (16) will not be permitted to remain unattended in the NAMTA registration area.

Suitcasing/Selling - Any activity designed to solicit or sell products or services by any non-exhibiting suppliers to Art Materials World featuring Creativation attendees is strictly prohibited. Namta reserves the right to escort any participant violating this rule, revoke their badge and expel them from Art Materials World featuring Creativation without a refund at its sole discretion.

Bags (updated 2/9/22) -
One rolling backpack not to exceed 20 inches in height or one briefcase not to exceed 17 inches in width. Only one rolling backpack or briefcase per person. No suitcases, wagons, or strollers on the show floor at any time.

Photography - Photographs and videos will be taken by the Namta staff and professional videographers throughout Art Materials World featuring Creativation to capture and record the feel and atmosphere of the camaraderie, learning and networking that takes place. These photographs and videos may be used in a myriad of ways to promote this and future events along with providing educational value. Additionally, press badges may be given to members of the media who are authorized to photograph and video the same.

By attending the conference and trade show events you may be incidentally included in group or crowd shots that might be used later for general publicity or educational purposes. If you do not want any photographs or videos of you used in any way, please let the photographer/videographer or a member of the Namta staff know this before, during, or after attending any of the events.

Exhibitors are prohibited from taking photographs/videos of any booth other than their own. Attendees may take photographs/videos in classes or on the trade show floor only with the permission of the instructor or exhibitor. This includes images taken with digital and analog cameras, cell phones and other video equipment.

Code of Conduct

All Art Materials World featuring Creativation participants are expected to conduct him/herself in a professional and courteous manner. Namta is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference and trade show experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). Namta does not tolerate harassment of Art Materials World featuring Creativation participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Art Materials World featuring Creativation venue including classes, trade show floor, social events, and social media. Participants asked to stop any behavior in violation of this code are expected to comply immediately. This code provides general guidelines and cannot cover every possible type of unacceptable behavior. Namta reserves the right to apply corrective action to instances other than the specific examples noted. Art Materials World featuring Creativation participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event and any and all future events without a refund at the discretion of Namta. Namta reserves the right to take any action that is reasonably necessary for the protection of the Association and its participants, including but not limited to exhibitors and/or attendee.

Firearms, weapons, including weapon replicas, ammunition, dangerous or hazardous devices or substances and illegal items are prohibited at Art Materials World featuring Creativation and in all Namta venues.

Art Materials World featuring Creativation participants acknowledge all bags are subject to search and screening.

All Art Materials World featuring Creativation participants must have and visibly wear their issued badge at all times to enter any official Namta venue, exhibit area, conference or authorized events. Badges are the property of Namta and may not be resold, transferred to, or shared with other individuals. Badges may be revoked by Namta for violations of this Code of Conduct.

Participants may contact Namta show management by emailing [email protected]. This Code of Conduct does not replace rules and regulations posted by the Art Materials World featuring Creativation venue owners.