Last weekend I attended the annual conference put on by the Alliance of Artist Communities hosted by Columbia College in Chicago. The attendees and hosts could not have been more supportive and enthusiastic. There was so much positive energy throughout the weekend it was completely invigorating. Don’t get me wrong. Networking is hard work, but with this group it was most definitely fruitful.
There were informative and engaging breakout sessions on fundraising, measuring results of artistic programming, and showcases of artistic initiatives going on all over and in our backyard.
There are many different models for artist residencies. It was great to learn about the various pros and cons as we plan what will fit our needs.
For the fieldtrip components, I visited Anchor Graphics, met the young lady who started Spudnik Press, and saw the state-of-the-art set up for the Center for Book and Paper. Papermaking is so messy and yet so cool. I met a couple who turned a warehouse into the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, IL. Basically, there lots of great ideas that are thriving and growing.
Such a great experience! I’m all revved up to press on and see what is possible.