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Arts Midwest Conference

The Arts Midwest Conference is a place for performing arts professionals who create, present, and tour performances across the Midwest and beyond to connect, learn, and celebrate the creativity that keeps us moving forward.

Get involved: Apply to Help us Plan the 2021 Conference

We know the touring field is ever-evolving, as are your needs. How we gather and what we choose to gather around are more important than ever. In anticipation of the 2021 virtual Conference, we are creating three opportunities to be involved in Conference planning:

  • Gathering Advisors, a newly formed leadership group, will guide long-term visioning for the Conference, starting with the 2021 online Conference, and building toward future in-person convenings
  • Professional Development Committee members will shape educational programming for the 2021 online Conference
  • Showcase Panel members will select artists and ensembles to showcase at the 2021 online Conference

We are committed to making our gathering and planning processes inclusive and reflective of the diversity of lived experiences in the field we serve and look forward to receiving your application.


Learn more and apply!


Applications due April 6th, 2021


2021 Arts Midwest Conference to Move Online

To our Conference community,

We hope this finds you safe and well. As 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.


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