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Thanks to all the attendees and supporters of One State 2018 Galesburg XCHANGE!

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And, with cookies and a community-band sendoff at the Galesburg train station, the tenth One State Together in the Arts conference has come to an end.

Huge thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Partner Sponsor Blick Art Materials and Supporting Sponsor Galesburg Community Foundation, Planning Partners Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Galesburg Chamber of Commerce, our (more than 60) incredible presenters and artists, and our (remarkably generous) Venue Partners around town: Knox College, the Orpheum Theatre, Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, Prairie Players Civic Theatre, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Central Congregational Church, The Box and Art Defined, The Kensington, Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar, Landmark Café and Crêperie, and Iron Spike Brewing Company.

Visit our YouTube channel for video from six full conference sessions. Have thoughts you’d like to share about your conference experience? Post them in the comments below or email us at onestate@artsalliance.org.

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One State 2018 Galesburg XCHANGE Community Band Sendoff at the Galesburg Train Station. Photo by Jonathan VanderBrug.

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Tune into conference livestreams from Galesburg!

One State 2018 conference venue Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College. Photo by Zachary Whittenburg.

One State 2018 conference venue Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College. Photo by Zachary Whittenburg.

Greetings from sunny Galesburg, Illinois! Even if you’re not here with us for the tenth One State Together in the Arts conference, we’re pleased to announce that select sessions will be streamed live on our YouTube channel.

Visit bit.ly/XCHANGELive to join us remotely for three sessions on Mon Oct 22 at the Orpheum Theatre, and three more sessions on Tue Oct 23 at Knox College’s Kresge Recital Hall. One State livestreams* are scheduled as follows (Central Time):

Livestreams on Mon Oct 22 

11am: Comedy Keynote with Brian Babylon, Susie An, Alison Cuddy, LowDown Brass Band, and special guests

2pm: Institutional Commitment and Responsibility to Creatives of Color with Nina D. Sánchez, Enrich Chicago; Hilesh Patel, Hyde Park Art Center; Samuel M. Smith, MSW, and Emily Laugesen, PhD, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

4pm: Creative Placemaking Opportunities for Small Towns and Rural Areas with Ben Fink, Performing Our Future, Appalshop / Roadside Theater; Jessica J. Modica, Freeport Art Museum / Freeport Civic Arts Plaza; Donna Neuwirth, Wormfarm Institute; Pam Owens, The Gaylord Building Historic Site / National Trust for Historic Preservation; Encarnación Teruel, Illinois Arts Council Agency

Livestreams on Tue Oct 23

11am: Addressing Race, Identity, and Immigration through Artmaking with Kayem, Libyan-American Hip-Hop Artist; Yvette Mayorga, Interdisciplinary Artist; Xiaorong Jajah Wu, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights; J. Gibran Villalobos, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

1pm: Creative Arts Therapies for Veterans and Servicemembers with Joseph Lefthand, CreatiVets / School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Monica Moki Tantoco, National Veterans Art Museum; Encarnación Teruel, Illinois Arts Council Agency

2:30pm: Workforce Development through Creative Practices and Arts Education with Michael Acerra, Lux Blox; Tammy Diefendorf, Bridgeway; Stephanie Hein, MakerGirl; Amor Montes de Oca, 2112; Kathleen Ridlon, Knox College, Community Outreach Programming in the Arts

Join the conversation! Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtags #OneStateIL, #XCHANGEGBB, and #ExperienceGalesburg.

Livestream content will be archived and available for replay at a later date with closed captions — check back here at onestateillinois.com.

*One State livestreams are subject to change.

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

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One State 2018 Galesburg XCHANGE in the news!

It’s in the papers and on the air: “Illinois arts community converges on Galesburg next week.” Click here to read Matt Koester’s conference preview in The Register-Mail, and click here to listen to Will Stevenson’s interview with conference co-chair Michelle Kim of the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau on Galesburg’s Morning News, WGIL 93.7 FM.

Be sure to check out our list of Public Events if you’ll be in the area. Nearly everything we’re opening to general admission is free, and single tickets for our Comedy Keynote at the Orpheum Theatre are just $15, available online at galesburgorpheum.org.

It’s not too late to register! Get to know our amazing presenters.

Artists and presenters of One State 2018 Galesburg XCHANGE.

Artists and presenters of One State 2018 Galesburg XCHANGE.

Have you met your One State 2018 Galesburg XCHANGE conference community yet? Be sure to visit the Presenter Profiles tab for brief introductions to 60 incredible creatives, educators, innovators, and thought-leaders we’re honored to have with us for this unique convening.

We’ve also updated our Schedules tab with downloadable maps and more info you can use to familiarize yourself with our citywide conference campus in advance.

Early Registration rates have just expired but it’s not too late to register — and this One State is still a great deal, with single-day registrations available starting at just $100 for artists and students. Save 25% by becoming a member of Arts Alliance Illinois today, and get a fourth registration for free when you bring a team of three or more.

PS: Got 60 seconds? Click here to listen to Josh Gibb from Supporting Sponsor Galesburg Community Foundation spotlight One State in his latest “Minute of Philanthropy.” We’re grateful to Galesburg Community Foundation for its support and for generously hosting three daytime sessions on Monday, October 22 at its offices on Main Street:

9:15am • “Supportive Advocacy, Storytelling, and Casemaking Across the Creative Industries” with Jonathan VanderBrug of Arts Alliance Illinois

2pm • “Civic Practice: Building Local Capacity for Artists and Designers to Collaborate Beyond the Arts Field for Public Good Purposes” with Michael Rohd of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice

4pm • “Envisioning Joy, Envisioning Justice: Presentation and Writing Workshop” with Alexandra Antoine of Free Write Arts & Literacy and Jane Beachy of Illinois Humanities; complimentary supplies provided by Partner Sponsor Blick Art Materials

See you there!

Early Registration rates expire Friday, October 12

Whitcomb Art Center at Knox College. Photo by Lara Swimmer Photography.

Whitcomb Art Center at Knox College. Photo by Lara Swimmer Photography.

As noted in The Register-Mail, time is running out to take advantage of Early Registration rates, expiring on Friday, October 12 at midnight. Although Galesburg XCHANGE is already the most affordable One State Together in the Arts conference yet — priced 20% lower than our previous conference in Evanston — you’ll save even more by registering this week. In addition, capacity is limited for free conference options including a direct charter bus to and from Chicago, and offsite tours to Blick Art Materials on both dates, so don’t delay. Go to regonline.com/onestate2018 to get started.

Building the kind of conference that gets me on board

A message from Alliance Executive Director Claire Rice

Locomotive and train cars at the Galesburg Railroad Museum. Photo by Zachary Whittenburg.

Locomotive and train cars at the Galesburg Railroad Museum. Photo by Zachary Whittenburg.

You’ve probably been there, too, in that stuffy hotel ballroom, sneaking another quick glance at your phone. Waiting for the right moment to slip out of that session so that you can respond to that email, grab another coffee, escape to a museum, get some fresh air.

I certainly have.

So when it came to building the tenth One State Together in the Arts conference, I wanted to be sure that we were creating something I’d genuinely want to be a part of. The kind of lineup that makes it seriously difficult to decide which sessions to choose. The kinds of programs offering so much good stuff that I can’t imagine missing out. Continue Reading →

Extra! Extra! Galesburg XCHANGE presenters are in the news.

One State 2018 presenter Aymar Jean Christian of OTV | Open Television. Photo by Alexus McLane, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

One State 2018 presenter Aymar Jean Christian of OTV | Open Television. Photo by Alexus McLane, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

To get to know our 2018 conference presenters, just open a magazine or visit a website — One State artists and speakers are all over the news!

Read more about:

Brian Babylon in Forbes

MakerGirl in the Milwaukee Business Journal

OTV | Open Television in Newcity

Yvette Mayorga in the Chicago Reader

The Gaylord Building in the Daily Herald

The Overlook in Chicago Gallery News

Hyde Park Art Center in the Chicago Sun-Times

Enrich Chicago in Inside Philanthropy

State Matters in Chicago magazine

Not only is Galesburg XCHANGE the biggest One State Together in the Arts conference yet — with more than 50 presenters and more than 20 events — but we’ve lowered the cost of advance registration by more than 25% since the last One State conference. Continue Reading →

Conference schedule and public events now online!

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One State 2018 presenters, clockwise from top left: Visual artist Yvette Mayorga, LowDown Brass Band, reporter and comedian Susie An, and musician Ivas John.

We’re excited to have with us more than 50 presenters for more than 20 sessions including exhibitions, roundtable discussions, case studies, interactives, workshops, and much more. Preconference sessions — included with your registration — on Monday, October 22 begin at 9:15am, followed by full conference programming from 11am–5:30pm. Conference sessions on Tuesday, October 23 begin at 9am and conclude at 4pm. Following Monday’s daytime sessions, enjoy a networking reception at the Discovery Depot Children’s Museum plus evening performances and creative activations of downtown Galesburg’s Seminary Street District. Visit the Schedule tab to view it all!

Advance Registration is highly recommended — click here to register now. Continue Reading →

Registration is now open!

Left: Runners pass the Discovery Depot Children’s Museum. Photo by Kent Kriegshauser. Center: Comedian Brian Babylon. Right: Galesburg’s historic Orpheum Theatre. Photo courtesy of Lucas Wood for the Knox-Galesburg Symphony.

Left: Runners pass the Discovery Depot Children’s Museum. Photo by Kent Kriegshauser. Center: Comedian Brian Babylon. Right: Galesburg’s historic Orpheum Theatre. Photo courtesy of Lucas Wood for the Knox-Galesburg Symphony.

Registration is now open for Galesburg XCHANGE, the tenth One State Together in the Arts conference, October 22 and 23. Click here to get started or visit the Registration tab in the menu above.

We’re excited to have with us more than 50 presenters for exhibitions, roundtable discussions, case studies, interactives, workshops, and much more.

Highlights on Monday, October 22 include:

Our comedy keynote at the historic Orpheum Theatre featuring Brian Babylon of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! • Institutional commitment to equity with Enrich Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts • Creative civic engagement with Badass Cross Stitch and State Matters • Representation in mainstream media with OTV | Open Television and Britt Julious • Expanding cultural access with the DEMO Project, The OverlookPartners for Sacred Places, and Peace Works • New and nontraditional collaborations with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice • Opportunities for creative placemaking in small towns and rural areas with Appalshop, Wormfarm Institute, and NEA Our Town grantees in Freeport and Lockport • and more

Highlights on Tuesday, October 23 include:

Addressing race, identity, and immigration through artmaking with Kayem, Yvette Mayorga, and Xiaorong Jajah Wu • Workforce development through creative practices with 2112, Knox College, Lux Blox, and MakerGirl • Storytelling and media engagement in Illinois communities with Free Street TheaterProPublica, and Sight Specific • Creative arts therapies for servicemembers with the National Veterans Art Museum and Waukegan ArtWise • Case studies and best practices in access for patrons with disabilities with the Great Lakes ADA Center • Innovative approaches to arts education with Illinois teaching artists • Creative entrepreneurship and the makers movement with Art Farm Decatur and the Galesburg Civic Art Center • and more

Continue Reading →

Heads up, friends: #OneStateIL registration opens soon.

Galesburg Train Depot. Photo by Zachary Whittenburg.

Galesburg Train Depot. Photo by Zachary Whittenburg.

Save the dates — if you haven’t already — for the tenth One State Together in the Arts conference, coming to Galesburg October 22 and 23, with a preconference for members of the Local Arts Network on October 21.

Inspired by this vibrant community’s historical importance as a railway hub and crossroads of northwest Illinois, One State 2018 themes include:

• Collaborations beyond the creative sector in agriculture, human services, immigration, journalism, and the justice system

• Building platforms and resources for people of color and the organizations they lead, as well as for historically underrepresented forms of expression

• The importance of arts education in workforce development and 21st century skill-building Continue Reading →