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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 40 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

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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

We’re excited to have with us more than 30 presenters for exhibitions, roundtable discussions, case studies, interactives, workshops, and much more, including:

2112 • Appalshop • Art Farm Decatur • Arts Midwest • Brian Babylon • Badass HERstory • Blick Art Materials • Center for Performance and Civic Practice • DEMO Project • Enrich Chicago • Free Street Theater • Freeport Art Museum • Galesburg Civic Art Center • The Gaylord Building | unLOCK: Merging Art & IndustryHyde Park Art Center • Britt Julious • Kayem • Knox College • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignLux Blox • MakerGirl • Yvette MayorgaNational Veterans Art MuseumMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago • Nightingale Cinema • OTV | Open Television • Partners for Sacred Places • Coya Paz • Peace Works • School of the Art Institute of Chicago • State Matters • Waukegan ArtWise • Wormfarm Institute • Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

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Galesburg set to host tenth One State Together in the Arts conference October 21–23, 2018

Runners in Galesburg’s half marathon, “Run Galesburg Run,” pass Discovery Depot Children’s Museum as they head toward the finish line. Photo by Kent Kriegshauser.

Runners in Galesburg’s half marathon, “Run Galesburg Run,” pass Discovery Depot Children’s Museum as they head toward the finish line. Photo by Kent Kriegshauser.

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 →

Call for proposals now open! Express your interest in being our One State 2018 host community.

Arts Alliance Illinois, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the One State 2018 Site Selection Committee are pleased to welcome your community’s statement of interest in hosting the 2018 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, November 13, 2017 will receive further instructions and be invited to deliver full proposals due by 5pm CST on Monday, December 11, 2017. 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.

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 →