About

Produced in partnership by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, One State Together in the Arts is the only statewide conference for arts advocates, administrators, educators, funders, and practitioners representing the broad range of creative activity and disciplines found across Illinois. While spotlighting the unique qualities of its host community, each One State conference features engaging and relevant programming such as keynote presentations by dynamic thought leaders; interactive breakout sessions and small-group activities; live performances and other artmaking experiences; and tours of the host community’s arts and culture spaces and venues, plus unstructured time and networking opportunities. One State conferences bring together more than 300 leaders and practitioners from both the nonprofit arts sector and creative industries, plus representatives from rural and urban planning groups, community development entities, park districts, recreation areas, convention and visitors’ bureaus, municipal governments, colleges, schools, and universities.

The next One State Together in the Arts conference will be held in Galesburg, Illinois from October 21–23, 2018. Click here to learn more.

About Galesburg
Located between both Peoria and the Quad Cities and Chicago and St. Louis, Galesburg is a west-central Illinois community rooted in its rich history. With deep ties to the railroad and anti-slavery movement, and home to poets, activists, and historians, Galesburg tells its story today through cuisine, a thriving arts and theater scene, and the ventures of its innovative entrepreneurs. More than a dozen entities committed to growing the arts in Galesburg and throughout Illinois around the One State conference include Blick Art Materials, Carl Sandburg College, Central Congregational Church, Choral Dynamics, the City of Galesburg, Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg Community Foundation, Galesburg Downtown Council, Knox College, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Orpheum Theatre, Prairie Players Civic Theatre, Seminary Street Merchants Association, and Sugar High Theatricals, with additional partners to be announced.

About Arts Alliance Illinois
A small group of artists and arts administrators joined forces in 1982 to combat the threatened elimination of state funding for the arts in Illinois. Out of these early advocacy efforts, Arts Alliance Illinois was born. Given consistent declines in public funding and a state budget crisis, the Alliance has reimagined its work, broadening its definitions of advocacy and service to the field to include statewide civic engagement, arts education, and cultural equity and arts access. More than 25,000 active subscribers and hundreds of member organizations comprise the only statewide, multidisciplinary organization focused on the health of the entire cultural sector. The Alliance activates artists, creatives, and cultural organizations through systems and policy change to put arts at the center of Illinois communities. Visit artsalliance.org to learn more.

About the Illinois Arts Council Agency
The Illinois Arts Council Agency was created as a state agency by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965 through legislation sponsored by Senators Paul Simon, Thomas McGloon, and Alan Dixon. The agency is governed by up to 21 private citizens chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and appointed by the Governor. Councilmembers serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. A small professional staff with in-depth knowledge of the arts develops and administers the agency’s programs, provides technical assistance, and ensures the responsible and impactful distribution of all funds. Resources to support the Illinois Arts Council Agency are provided by the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts; its mission is to build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts. Visit arts.illinois.gov to learn more.

Questions? Contact the One State 2018 Planning Committee via email at onestate@artsalliance.org.