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Special Tracks

The following tracks will run throughout the 2016 conference. Check the forthcoming Full Schedule for this year's track sessions. Feel free to mix and match the sessions you attend.

Special Tracks


Arts + Ecology - How are we engaging ecological themes, adapting sustainable practices, and making room for collaboration between artists and scientists?

Sessions from past conferences: "Powering Art: Renewable Energy + Arts Facilities", "Revealing Process + Place: Structuring Ecological Residencies"


Equity - Strategies for fostering access in the arts and forwarding new models of inclusivity.

Sessions from past conferences: "From In-Reach to Outreach: Cultural Equity in Artist-Centered Organizations", "The Matter of Money: Compensation, Equity, and Valuing Artists", "Open Doors: Engaging Underserved Artists"


Leadership - Exploring our role as leaders and how we build professional capacity for our organizations and ourselves.

 Sessions from past conferences: "Developing a Healthy and Productive Board", "Artist-run: Balancing Artist + Administrator"


Performing Arts - How do we support performance-based work across development and presentation?

Sessions from past conferences: "Advancing Support for Live Arts // Roundtable Discussion", "Residency/Presenter/Artist: Supporting Performance Through Collaboration"


Social Practice - Models of supporting social practice artists and projects.

Sessions from past conferences: "Creation, Research, Engagement: Social Practice in Residence", "Pittsburgh Spotlight: City of Asylum + Office of Public Arts"


Working in Plain Sight: Artist Residencies in the Public Realm - There are a growing number of artist residency programs in public spaces - including national parks, government agencies, universities, museums and other spaces designed for public access. This movement in the field demonstrates how artists can shape the ways the public engages with the natural and built environment.

Organized in partnership with the National Park Service, Times Square Alliance, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Conference artwork: "Portland Skyline" by Walker Cahall.
Image above: Okwui Okpokwasili at Times Square Arts. Photo Courtesy of Peter Born.