About

A biennial convening 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 and “TED-style” talks by dynamic thought leaders

• Interactive breakout sessions and small-group activities

• Live performances and other artmaking experiences

• Tours of the host community’s arts and culture spaces and venues

• Unstructured time and networking opportunities

One State conferences typically 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, universities and more.

Illinois communities are now invited to submit proposals to host the next One State Together in the Arts conference, to be held in 2018.

Those who submit compelling and competitive statements of interest by 5pm CST on Monday, November 13, 2017 will receive further instructions and be invited to deliver full proposals due by 5pm CST on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Click here for instructions and guidelines regarding your statement of interest.

Click here for instructions and guidelines regarding your full proposal.

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