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Columbus, Ohio

Monday, August 28—Thursday, August 31, 2017


Dessa (photo by Bill Phelps) + Harmony Project with David Brown (photo by Shellee Fisher Photography).

Announcing two Conference keynotes: Harmony Project and Dessa

Finding relevance in our communities, creating points of conversation, making arts experiences accessible to everyone, and celebrating our Midwest identity—especially its diverse range of both rural and urban areas—are key areas of focus for the 2017 Arts Midwest Conference in Columbus, Ohio. More than 30 workshops and panels dig into the tactics and strategies related to these issues, and our keynotes offer opportunities for artists to share their vision for how the arts have the power to transform lives, create connections within a community, and enact change on a local level.

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Siudy Garrido. Photo by Migdalia Salazar.

Announcing 17 panel-selected artists/ensembles 

Spotlight Showcases provide artists and ensembles with a forum for presenting work to a large, diverse audience in a professional setting, and offer attendees the opportunity to experience a wide range of performances. Arts Midwest strives to present high-quality artists selected from a pool of national and international applicants representing dance, music, theater, variety, and family programming, ranging from large ensembles to solo artists. An integral part of the Conference, the panel-selected artists/ensembles each present a 15-minute performance and gain main stage exposure to potential presenters and audiences.

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Donna Walker-Kuhne, speaker at the 2015 Conference, and Heena Patel, member of the Professional Development Committee. Photo by Tiffany Rodgers.

Schedule available now for 30+ workshops, panels, and discussions

Challenge your perceptions. Raise the important questions. Bring new ideas home. We’re committed to introducing new voices, elevating diverse perspectives, and finding innovative solutions to our challenges.

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