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10/13/18 - 10/15/18 | Philadelphia | PA
10/15/18 - 10/18/18 | Philadelphia | PA
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Call for Proposals

The 28th Annual Alliance of Artists Communities Conference will take place in Philadelphia, PA, October 15-18, 2018. The Alliance of Artists Communities’ Annual Conference is the largest summit for the artist residency field, bringing together over 350 arts leaders, community organizers, funders, policymakers, educators and cross-sector partners from around the world.

Our 2018 theme, Generosity in Practice: Navigating 21st Century Challenges, explores how artist residencies and artist-centered spaces are navigating rapid technological advancement, greater demands on staff and artists due to shrinking resources and heightened responsibility to respond to social and political issues. How do we translate espoused values into action in a rapidly changing world? How have your organizational priorities shifted? What does radical change look like in our field?                                     

Conference programming includes a mix of practical trainings, big picture discussions and debates, artist keynotes and networking meetups. Two afternoons will be devoted to tours and workshops across Philadelphia’s artist spaces and neighborhoods. Special tracks and preconferences will address specific areas of inquiry, including ecology, performing arts, technology, accessibility and leadership.

Help us create the best Alliance of Artists Communities Conference yet! All are welcome to submit proposals for:

  • Conference Sessions, discussions, workshops and activities that happen as part of the general conference.
  • Offsite Activities, tours of local arts spaces, artist demos, workshops and pop-up projects that take place throughout Philadelphia.

Due to technical issues with our websit, we are extending the Conference Sessions submission deadline to April 6th and Offsite Activitites submission deadline to April 30th. Please direct questions to


Session Priorities

The Alliance of Artists Communities is committed to fostering a non-hierarchical, peer-to-peer learning environment that honors diverse voices. We seek a breadth of topics around advancing today’s artists and proposals representing the broad range of models or contexts in which artist-centered programs operate. Questions to consider:

  • What are emerging trends or new approaches to artist support?
  • How are residencies collaborating: with artists, nonprofits, across sectors, etc.?
  • What tools, strategies or models have you employed in the last year to meet a specific challenge?

Topics might include:

  • Alternative, small-scale, and new models of artists residencies
  • Support structures for underserved disciplines and artists
  • Curation, criteria, and artist selection
  • Equity, accessibility and inclusion
  • Fundraising and earned revenue strategies for sustaining artist-centered organizations                 
  • Leadership pipelines and staff support
  • Civic engagement and artist-centered community development (rural or urban contexts)

How do I submit?

Submitting your proposal is easy! Review the Call for Sessions Guide (download below) and submit a brief description of your proposed session using the Session Proposal Webform. Presenters may submit up to three ideas/proposals. We welcome fully-formed sessions as well as fledgling ideas.

Submission Deadline: April 6th, 2018.


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Offsite Activities + Events

On October 17th and 18th attendees will head out to explore Philadelphia's established + emerging arts spaces and connect with local arts leaders through off-site tours, workshops, pop-projects, and other creative engagements.

We welcome all Philadelphia-based organizers, artists and arts administrators to propose an activity!



    • 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.
    • Walking Tour – Public art, literary references, neighborhood history, ecological or environmental contexts, architecture – are all 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.
    • Create your own format!

How do I propose an off-site activity?

Submitting your proposal is easy! Review the Offsite Activity Guidelines linked below and submit your session proposal through the webform also linked below. Organizers may submit up to three ideas/proposals.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018.



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