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2012 Annual Conference

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - Friday, November 2, 2012

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in Kansas City!

You can access handouts, presentations and other materials from the 2012 gathering here.

Tell us about your experience! Please take a moment to fill out the conference evaluation!

And join us for our 2013 Conference in San Jose, CA. 

Each year, the Alliance of Artists Communities convenes an international gathering of arts leaders, cultural policymakers, funders, artists, and others to address the ways in which we support today’s artists and the role that artists play in creative placemaking and community development. 

Keynote speakers include writer Calvin Trillin, choreographer Bebe Miller, and artist Eames Demetrios.

keynote speakers


Why Kansas City?

As “America’s Creative Crossroads,” Kansas City is at the heart of our nation’s cultural revitalization, demonstrating the power of collaboration, inspired philanthropy, public/private partnerships, and investment in artists and arts organizations large and small. We are proud to showcase this vibrant community to arts-and-culture leaders from around the world, and look forward to celebrating the city's people, institutions, neighborhoods, businesses, cultures, and histories. 

The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artists’ residency programs – organizations that provide artists of any discipline (visual arts, writing, music composition, dance/choreography, architecture, filmmaking, etc.) with dedicated time and space for the development of new work. These residency centers serve as research-and-development labs for the arts, providing critical support for the generation of new art and ideas that are essential to human progress. There are 500 such programs in the U.S. and more than 1,500 worldwide.