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Illinois' seventh biennial One State Together in the Arts conference is just around the corner! We are very pleased to announce the next statewide arts conference will be held in Bloomington-Normal on May 23-24, 2011.

What Is It? 

Co-convened by the Illinois Arts Council and the Arts Alliance Illinois, the One State Together in the Arts conference is a unique and timely opportunity to learn from each other's experiences, gain insight and inspiration, connect with colleagues, and build partnerships.  

Who's It For?

The depth, breadth, diversity, strength, and excellence of One State is reflective of Illinois' arts sector: Nearly 300 arts administrators, artists, educators, students, funders, and other community leaders participated in the 2009 One State conference.


We'll be in touch again soon with more news about the upcoming One State Together in the Arts conference in Bloomington-Normal, as well as information on how you can participate. Meanwhile, it would be really helpful to the planning if we can get a little feedback. Please follow this link to a lightning quick 2-question survey that will help us get a sense of 1) who hopes to come, and 2) why:


> 2-Question Survey: Who Hopes to Come & Why

Please mark your calendars, and we hope to see you there!



Your One State 2011 Co-Chairs

Michelle T. Boone, The Joyce Foundation

Doug Johnson, McLean County Arts Center

Mark Kelly, Columbia College Chicago

& Your One State 2011 Co-Directors

Jennifer A. Armstrong, Illinois Arts Council

Scarlett Swerdlow, Arts Alliance Illinois


PS: Here's what some participants had to say about the 2009 One State Together in the Arts Conference in Peoria:


"This conference reminded me why I have a theatre degree, why I am a member of Actors' Equity Association, and why I am an artist."

"I feel better informed, more involved, and very proud of the state of the arts in Illinois."

"I sometimes feel isolated in my community, a lone voice with a passion for what is possible if we take risks. The conference encourages and validates my continuing to forge on."