CHICAGO and GALESBURG – In partnership, the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) and Arts Alliance Illinois are excited to announce that the next One State Together in the Arts conference will be held in Galesburg, Illinois on October 22 and 23, 2018. Additional pre-conference events for the Illinois Local Arts Network on October 21 will kick off the tenth occasion of this statewide convening for the arts, culture, and creativity.
A first-time host community for One State, Galesburg was selected following a highly competitive, three-phase process led by a ten-member committee comprised of arts leaders from across Illinois. Joining forces to submit the community’s proposal were the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, under Executive Director Jessica Linder, and Michelle Kim, Director of Tourism for the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“We were extremely impressed by Galesburg’s commitment to One State,” says Alliance Executive Director Claire Rice. “They imagined a conference that will take us into the heart of their arts community in imaginative and innovative ways. Nearly two dozen local stakeholders collaborated on the proposal including the Galesburg Civic Art Center and Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, as well as Knox College, Carl Sandburg College, the Galesburg Community Foundation, and the Honorable John Pritchard, Mayor of Galesburg. This type of cross-sector collaboration is reflective of the Alliance’s reimagined mission and our approach to the conference this year. We are looking forward to diving into the planning process with this cooperative, energetic, and dedicated team.” Continue Reading →