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Call for Proposals

Join your colleagues on at the Alliance of Artists Communities’ 27th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on October 2-5, 2017!

The Annual Conference brings together 350+ artist residency and other arts leaders, funders, policy makers, community organizers and educators from across the world to explore artist-centered approaches to engaging communities and developing healthy organizations. More information at:

Conference programming includes nut-and-bolts trainings, discussions and debates, artist keynotes, networking meet-ups – as well as tours, hikes and workshops showcasing Denver’s spectacular natural and cultural resources. Plenary conversations will provide all attendees with the chance to deeply engage key areas of inquiry including: equity + inclusion, arts + ecology, accessibility and leadership. Help us build an incredible event – all are invited to propose content for this year’s meeting!

Submissions are accepted for:

  • Conference Sessions, such as panels and roundtable discussions.
  • Creative Content, such as tours of local arts spaces or neighborhoods, artist demos, workshops and pop-up projects.

Proposing Conference Sessions

The Alliance encourages creative, interactive session formats that inspire active discussions.

Whether you have a fully-planned panel or simply a great topic idea - all submissions are welcome! Our conference staff is available to suggest panelists and work with organizers to further develop sessions.


The 2017 theme, Creating a Culture of Generosity, offers new pathways to acknowledging and understanding how residency programs can support artists in changing the world with intentional actions. We ask: How are we telling our story and demonstrating the value of artist-centered organizations? What can we learn from successes and failures? How can we advance strategies for fund development and earned revenue without compromising our missions? How can we address current imbalances in the field regarding cultural equity, access and inclusion? And how do we hold space for critical dialogue and community exchange?

Content areas may be on any topic related to advancing today's artists and/or artist residencies. We hope that all topics will touch on one or more of the following:

  • Advancing equity, accessibility and inclusion in the arts
  • Innovative partnerships and cross-sector collaborations
  • Fundraising, earned revenue and sustaining artist-centered organizations
  • Developing leadership and self-care of current leaders
  • Engaging and activating community
  • Resiliency
  • Advocacy
  • Curatorial process and aesthetic value

How do I submit?

Submitting your proposal is easy! Download and carefully review the Call for Content Guide. Submit your session proposal through the webform below.

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2017.

Be sure to read information about registration fees for speakers, A/V and technical needs, and session formats in the Call for Content Guide.


Contact us at or 401-351-4320


Conference registration will open in June.


 Denver Creative Content

On October 4th and 5th attendees will leave the conference hotel to explore Denver's established + emerging arts spaces and connect with local arts leaders through off-site tours, workshops, pop-projects, and other creative engagements.

Are you an Colorado-based artist or arts administrator who is interested in organizing an off-site activity as part of the 2017 Conference line-up? Propose an off-site tour, workshop, demo, or pop-up project!



  • Site Visits + Tours – Opportunities to explore a local arts space or project. Attendees spend the afternoon touring a space, participating in workshops, watching demos/performances, and connecting with administrators and artists. Past tours have included a ceramics workshop at Providence's Steel Yard, a tour of artist-run studios in Kansas City, a Taiko drumming class in San Jose - and so much in between.
  • Walking Tour – Public art, literary references, neighborhood history, ecological or environmental contexts, architecture – all are possible walking tour themes.
  • Pop-up projects – Interactive artist-run projects, performances, installations, or other creative interventions that engage attendees in unexpected activities or moments.

How do I propose an off-site activity?

Download and carefully review guidelines below, then email your idea to! Please provide: your contact info, a description of your proposed off-site activity along with a list of co-facilitators and their affiliations, web links to associated programs and/or artists, estimated timing, and costs. The conference committee will follow-up with additional questions and, if accepted, coordinate with you on timing, attendees, and other logistics.

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2017.


Contact us at or 401-351-4320


Conference registration will open in June.