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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!

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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.

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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

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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 Continue Reading →

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.