One State

One State 2015 speakers

More than 300 artists, arts managers, and arts supporters came together in Evanston, Illinois on September 28 and 29, 2015 for the biennial One State Together in the Arts conference. Co-convened by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, One State is the only statewide, multidisciplinary conference for arts leaders and practitioners in Illinois. Since 1999, One State has served as a forum for creative professionals and arts passionate people from across the state to come together to network with peers, discover resources, and gain new insights.

Conference features

  • Keynote presentation and nine “TED-style” talks from dynamic thought-leaders
  • Interactive breakout sessions
  • Performances and art-making experiences
  • Local arts tours
  • Networking opportunities

One State attracts 300+ Illinois leaders and practitioners in the non-profit and commercial arts sector, as well as representatives of other related sectors including rural and urban planning, community development, parks and recreation, tourism, higher education, municipal government, and more.

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