For more than 50 years, Americans for the Arts has been convening an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts.
Art is fundamental to building genuine community. This has always been at the heart of Annual Convention but this year we’re underlining it in bold, with ALL CAPS. From the sessions and speakers to the Twin Cities, the 2019 Annual Convention is all about how the arts build civic engagement, give us the space to investigate our past and future, and create lasting positive change.
Hands-On Sessions and Pre-Conferences
Whether you’re an emerging leader or a veteran of the arts field, Annual Convention offers you practical professional development from arts leaders with in-depth experience. This year, we’re bringing you 30+ workshops, panels, and interactive sessions on community development, arts education, leadership, equity, public art, advocacy, and more.
When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.
Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music
My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.
Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film
Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.
Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio
La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.