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So, what did you think of One State 2015?

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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 →

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.

Announcing FLOURISH, our theme for One State 2015

Creative expression is an innate and powerful condition of human nature that vigorously nurtures the human spirit. Springing from both the commonplace and the extraordinary, the arts celebrate and reveal our essential humanity, break down imposing barriers, and improve the livability of our neighborhoods, our towns, our state, and our world. We all flourish when we flex our creative muscle and encourage growth in individuals and communities.  Continue Reading →