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Host One State 2017 and spotlight your community

Arts Alliance Illinois, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the One State 2017 Site Selection Committee are pleased to welcome your community’s statement of interest in hosting the 2017 One State Together in the Arts conference. A lightweight ask intended to surface your creativity and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of our event, these statements of interest are the first phase of a two-phase application process. Those who submit compelling and competitive statements of interest by 5pm CST on Monday, February 20, 2017 will receive further instructions and be invited to deliver full proposals due by 5pm CST on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Click here to view and download the phase one application (PDF):
Open call for statements of interest

Click here to view and download the phase two application (PDF):
Request for proposals (by invitation)

The ideal One State host community offers a suitable, accessible host venue and accommodations for up to 350 attendees in a single location or in close proximity; a vibrant local arts scene; and strong local leadership willing and able to support the One State conference. Considering holidays and other conflicts, the One State 2017 timeframe is most likely one of the following periods:

Sunday, September 3 through Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Sunday, October 15 through Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sunday, October 22 through Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Sunday, November 5 through Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Alternate dates proposed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Submit your statement of interest as a document containing no more than 250 words, addressing the following question:

How will your local community represent itself as a center of gravity for Illinois arts and culture, while simultaneously hosting a forum for arts leaders and creative professionals from across the state?

Links to relevant websites and supporting info are appreciated but not required.

Statements should be sent, using “One State 2017 SOI” as the subject line, to onestate@artsalliance.org no later than 5pm CST on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Thank you for your interest in the One State Together in the Arts conference.  Continue Reading →

So, what did you think of One State 2015?

One State 2015 from Arts Alliance Illinois on Vimeo.

Watch all 2015 talks and performances here.

Watch all 10 talks from One State 2015

More than 300 “arts warriors” from across Illinois came together in Evanston in September 2015 for One State, a conference filled with insightful and inspiring talks by an extraordinary group of artists, activists, philanthropists, and teachers. Each told a different story, but they all shared a belief in the power of the arts to help people and places flourish.  Continue Reading →

One State 2015: “The Arts In Evanston”

We’re feeling pretty inspired, rejuvenated, and excited after our 9th biennial conference — how about you? Thank you to the City of Evanston for hosting our 2015 conference and for creating this wonderful documentary about your city’s dedication to arts and culture.

One State 2015

Coming soon, you can watch our 2015 welcome, keynote, nine presentations, and closing remarks in Evanston. In the meantime, enjoy some snapshots from our 2013 conference in the Quad Cities.

Watch One State 2015 LIVE

Watch One State 2015 live online. See below for schedule details.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Welcome + LIVE POLL* | 10-11:15 am
Keynote | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session 1 | 1:30 – 2:45 pm

*download our conference app to participate in the live poll

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Session 2 | 9-10:15 am
Session 3 | 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Closing Remarks | 2:45 – 3:30 pm


15 reasons to be at One State 2015

Looking for a reason to come to One State this September 28 and 29 in Evanston? We’ve got one — and fourteen other great reasons, too.  Continue Reading →

Early registration deadline extended to September 23!

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You can now save 25% off your One State Together in the Arts conference fee until Wednesday, September 23, 2015. We’re almost at capacity, so click here to learn more and register today!

One State 2015 keynote speakers announced

Internationally acclaimed visual artist Kerry James Marshall and award-winning actor/writer/director Cheryl Lynn Bruce will keynote the One State Together in the Arts conference September 28 and 29, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois.  Continue Reading →

20 scholarships available to arts leaders of color

Thanks to generous support from The Joyce Foundation, there are a limited number of One State 2015 scholarships available to subsidize registration, transportation and lodging expenses. Priority will be given to arts administrators from culturally specific organizations and arts leaders of color in Illinois. Awards will reflect the diversity of the arts in the state.

Click here to learn more and to apply today.