One State

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 in October 2018. Additional pre-conference events for the Illinois Local Arts Network 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.

Historically held in odd-numbered years beginning with the inaugural conference in Rend Lake (1999), the tenth One State Together in the Arts was rescheduled for 2018 in part to coincide with the Illinois State Bicentennial, online at Prior conference presenters include such luminaries and thought leaders as Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Ben Cameron, Randy Cohen, Joan and Robert Ericksen, Theaster Gates, Preston Jackson, Liz Lerman, Lewis Manilow, Kerry James Marshall, Bruce Mau, Michael Rakowitz, and Michael Rohd; and artists and representatives of numerous organizations including Americans for the Arts, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Goodman Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, Museums in the Parks, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.

Further details regarding One State conference programming, registration, scholarships, and more will be announced at later dates. One State Together in the Arts is online at and on Facebook at /OneStateIllinois.

One State Together in the Arts is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.