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2021 Arts Midwest  Conference to Move Online

The Arts Midwest Conference has decided to move online. Read a letter from the Conference team about the decision and how we are using this year to build toward a better, more sustainable future.

To our Conference community, 

We hope this finds you safe and well. As we approach the one-year mark of the pandemic, there are signs of hope that we are turning the corner towards recovery. Our sights remain set on a brighter future, yet we know that the path for each of us to rebuild will be unique.  

To determine how to serve you this year, we have been monitoring and listening to field conversations, health and safety recommendations, surveys related to readiness for reopening, and the ongoing financial impacts on the performing arts.

While we would like nothing more than to be with you in person in September, we will have to wait a bit longer: the 2021 Arts Midwest Conference will be held online this year. 

The past year has tested our industry and revealed areas for growth. You have been resilient, demonstrated new ways of working together, asked hard questions of each other and us, and embraced new technology. We too need to experiment with new models of convening and see 2021 as a year of deep listening, relationship building, and long-term visioning.  

As a Conference team we are investing in our virtual infrastructure to bring you critical tools and resources and to find creative ways to help you develop connections and sustain relationships for both in-person and online events. We understand that nothing will replicate an in-person Conference, and yet are excited about the new ways technology can bring us together and drive us forward.  

We are committed to making our gathering more representative of the field we serve and hearing from more voices. We will be opening a nomination form to create working groups to guide both long-term and professional development planning. Your voice is valued, and we invite you to join the conversation.  

Conference activities are still being planned for mid-September and focused touchpoints will be offered in the coming months. More information on showcase opportunities will be released later this spring, and we will continue to keep you updated on all our plans via email, our website, and social media. 

We look forward to making the Conference an accessible and valuable point of connection. As always, if you have questions, you can reach us at [email protected].  

Best wishes, 

 The Arts Midwest Conference Team

Adam Perry, Vice President for Strategy & Programs
Angela Urbanz, Director, Arts Midwest Conference
Maria Vorhis, Creative Gatherings Manager
Carly Newhouse, Program Associate


Learn More About the Arts Midwest Conference


Future Conference Dates: 

Omaha, Nebraska: September 7-10, 2022
Detroit, Michigan: August 28-31, 2023


Las Cafeteras performing at the 2019 Arts Midwest Conference. Photo by Terry Gilliam.