Cultural Democracy in the Twenty First Century: Open Dialogue XII

[The following notice may be of interest to readers of this blog, sent to us by the Illinois Arts Council]
Dear friends of the arts:

The Illinois Arts Council is honored to be hosting The Association of American Cultures’ (TAAC) upcoming Open Dialogue taking place in Chicago, August 12-14, 2010. We encourage all interested parties to heed TAAC’s call for proposals, below, and to learn more about their organization and this exciting event on their website  — or through their facebook page:


The Association of American Cultures seeks illuminating session proposals for:

Open Dialogue XII: Building the 21st Century Agenda for Cultural Democracy

Deadline for Submission: Friday, February 5, 2010 (postmark and email deadline). Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

What is Open Dialogue XII?  A symposium of local and national leaders discussing policies and programs which individuals, organizations, foundations, and policy makers are encouraged to strategize and organize around in order to further advance cultural democracy and cultural equity platforms AND programs in today’s new era of change. Recognizing some quantitative progress in equity and diversity issues over the last three to four decades, it is most urgent at this historic time of change to evaluate and set forth action-agendas around TAAC’s foundational pillars for real, substantive, long-term change:

Equal participation in policymaking,
Equitable funding for all cultural institutions, and
Equity in multicultural leadership.

Between two and three hundred people are expected to attend Open Dialogue. Arts administrators, individual and teaching artists, arts educators, board members and cultural policy advocates and more are welcome.  Participants come from communities across the country and abroad, from varied arts backgrounds and levels of experience.

Open Dialogue XII will begin on Thursday, August 12, 2010 with a networking event Thursday evening; Friday, August 13, 2010 will continue with presentations, sessions; and Saturday, August 14, 2010 will conclude with a keynote speaker and lunch.

Submitting a proposal: We are open to broad interpretations of the symposium theme and want to include facilitated interactive discussions, expert-led presentations and direct learning opportunities. We are seeking proposals with sharing, inclusiveness and opportunity at their core. We also appreciate innovation and the willingness to consider the refinement or abandonment of traditional models.  Above all, we seek proposals that illuminate the environments in which we all work and that set forth practical organizational and institutional strategies and plans to achieve in the short-term TAAC’s foundational pillars.

What we’re not looking for is talking head panels, mind-numbing lectures and sessions wherein presenters attempt to sell products or programs, or simply rehearse equity philosophies and general directions to achieve the foundational pillars.

TAAC is pleased to accept proposals from individuals, collectives, or organizations.  The symposium registration fee will be waived for all speakers. Small honoraria may be available for those traveling from out of the greater Chicago area.

Five-page application form, session proposal document and resumes or curriculum vitae must be mailed to TAAC Open Dialogue XII CALL FOR SESSIONS, c/o Illinois Arts Council, 100 West Randolph Street, Suite 10-500, Chicago, IL  60601 or EMAIL proposals to <>


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