Talks from One State Together in the Arts are online, ready for you to watch and share.
Over 250 people from across Illinois came together in the Quad Cities for One State — a conference with some of the most innovative thinkers, doers, and culture shapers in the state and beyond.
Throughout the conference, we witnessed the creative power of the arts to solve shared problems and change communities.
Whether it’s Theaster Gates transforming neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago, filmmaker Pablo Korona re-telling the story of Rockford, Donna Neuwirth and Jay Salinas reminding us that culture is at the root of agriculture, or Imran Khan inspiring students in what is considered one of the “most dangerous” schools in the nation — the arts allow us to re-imagine and reinvigorate our communities.
This year’s One State presenters reflected the imagination, diversity, and resolve of our broader arts community. Each told a different story, but they all shared a deep belief in what it means to show up as citizens. To build the bonds of trust and connection in our communities through artistry and activism.
How can we turn their inspirational talks into more meaningful action? No matter what our angle of entry is, we each have a role to play. Whether it’s at our institutions, in our neighborhoods, or across the state, let’s do our part to build a more just, equitable, and vibrant Illinois.