Actions and Detail Panel
Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE
Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 9:00 AM – Mon, Apr 24, 2017, 12:00 AM CDT
This year OE is offering sliding scale registration fees beginning at $40. We ask that you spend some time reviewing the price brackets to see which suggested pricing best describes your financial status. Please give what you, or your institution, can. OE counts overwhelmingly on the support of its community to happen each year.
Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE will take place April 21–23, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a constellation of sites across the city. This year’s conference, guided by the curatorial vision of Romi Crawford and Lisa Yun Lee will feature presenters including Theaster Gates, Maria Gaspar, Ai-jen Poo, Maria Varela, Marisa Jahn and Laurie Jo Reynolds.
OE 2017 brings together hundreds of artists, activists, educators, students, institutions, and thinkers to take stock of the field of socially engaged art and practice and explore this year’s theme of JUSTICE. This year's program will feature over 200 local, national and international presenters through over 100 workshops, presentations, panels, conversations, tours, parties and projects. OE 2017 will feature a selection of focused trainings to provide attendees with skills and tools to help better address creative work at the complex intersection of art and social justice, as well as opportunities for intimate discussion during Conversation Series. In the evenings, queer-inclusive nightlife organizers will host celebrations, guided by the belief that transformative acts of change are deeply indebted to these marginal spaces of collective joy.
OE is working with partners spanning the breadth of Chicago’s neighborhoods to represent the work being done at the intersection of art and activism across the city. Current partners include 3Arts, 6018 North, ACRE, Art Institute of Chicago, Bad at Sports, The Block Museum, Co-Prosperity Sphere/Lumpen Radio, Columbia College Chicago/Glass Curtain Gallery/Wabash Arts Corridor, Gallery 400/Threewalls/Propeller Fund, Hyde Park Art Center, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art, Party Noire, Rebuild Foundation, Reunion, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Roots and Culture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smart Museum of Art, The Stockyard Institute, TRQPITECA, and Weinberg/Newton Gallery.
In anticipation of the full weekend of conference programming, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago co-host a full day of pre-conference activities on Thursday, April 20th including panel discussions, break-out sessions and a performance.
Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE is presented in partnership with The School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and marks the second year of a three-year cycle that situated the conference in the Bay Area (2016 — POWER) in partnership with the Oakland Museum of California and the California College of the Arts, and will complete in New York in partnership with the Queens Museum (2018 — SUSTAINABILITY).
We are attempting to embody this year’s theme of JUSTICE by incorporating an economic justice framework into our fee schedule. OE ensures that all its 200+ presenters attend for free, and that no one is turned away from attending OE if they are not able to afford even the lowest suggested fee on our sliding scale. In order for this model to be successful, we have calculated the cost per person to attend the conference is $150 (This is base cost, and to achieve a more sustainable budget would put the actual cost at closer to $275 per person.) Contributions in excess of $150 will be eligible for tax-deductible donation status through our financial host institution upon request.
We also encourage folks who cannot attend the conference (due to scheduling or other non-financial reasons) to consider making a donation of any size. Your contribution will enable us to subsidize the cost of attendance for current presenters and those in need.
We want anyone who wishes to attend Open Engagement to be present. If paying a fee to attend the conference is too great of a financial burden, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to receive one of our complimentary passes.