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Students are invited to the Conference


Students at the 2018 Arts Midwest Conference. Photo by Joshua Feist.

Arts Midwest is doing more than ever to make students feel at home at the Conference, because we recognize them as valuable and integral players in our future; especially in the arts. We are enhancing resources and programming for students to empower those who will go on to be leaders in the field, and to cultivate a greater appreciation for the arts.

How to get involved:

Value for students

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend the Conference on their own or with a faculty member, and interested students do not have to major in arts management or performing arts.

  • Be a part of a community of 1,100+ professionals in the arts
  • Receive a special student discount (with volunteer commitment)
  • Obtain access to programming designed for students (more details to come)
  • Meet with and learn from experienced professionals at student orientation
  • Gain in-depth knowledge about the field at professional development sessions
  • Discover new and seasoned talent in the Marketplace exhibit hall and in live performances
  • Build meaningful connections with your peers
  • Take what you’ve learned back to your campus and implement new ideas

“You’re able to observe, first-hand, the important aspects of booking, arts management, and arts advocacy. Attending not only helped me become more aware of the many important aspects of the arts, but also solidified my desire to seek a career in arts administration.” –student Liam Ladewski, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

Benefits to campus performing arts centers

The future of the performing arts lies in the hands of upcoming generations and college students, so it’s our mission to provide them with the tools to be leaders in the field, and for them to graduate with a greater appreciation for art and live performances. The Arts Midwest Conference is an experience that fuels students’ energy for the entire year, which spawns greater interest and investment by students in live arts engagement on campus. It can also be a springboard to a greater appetite for live arts for the entire campus. The student input and feedback that this involvement generates may also help you, as a presenter, to craft a diverse and compelling roster of events. If students aren’t a part of the process for what we bring to our campuses, how can we expect them to fully engage?

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“Imagine watching the treasured arts program you invested your career to create, collapse after your departure. Our profession and your program may someday depend on a field replenished with the next generation of professionals.” –Steve Duchrow, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

Thank you!

We are grateful to work with the following colleagues in enhancing student programming at the Arts Midwest Conference: Steve Duchrow, Director of Performing Arts, Elgin Community College; Brenda Johnston, Assistant Professor, Arts Administration, Butler University; Liam Ladewski, student, University of Dubque; Thomas J. Robbins, Executive Director, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

“We’ve found that engaging students in the process of curating and presenting a series of campus events results in strong participation and attendance by the overall student body. The enthusiasm generated by the Conference becomes infectious among students upon arriving back home on campus.” –Thomas J. Robbins, Heritage Center at University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

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