Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

CALL for papers, presentations, dialogues, performances, and workshops

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Arts-Based Community Development Convening
St. Louis, Missouri
April 12 through 14, 2012

CALL for papers, presentations, dialogues, performances, and workshops from exemplary practitioners and great thinkers in arts-based community development
Deadline for submission: Sunday, February 19, 2012

This convening, which builds on past conferences through Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), and RAC’s 2010 At the Crossroads conference, aims to generate a discussion on the artist’s role in facilitating social change, community development, and regeneration. Like the CAT Institute, the convening is designed as a cross-sector forum for learning, sharing, and exchange. Artists of all disciplines, community organizers, social service providers, educators, architects, funders, academics, creatives, and policy-makers, will contribute to a collaborative and interactive forum in which this exchange can take place. This call for papers, presentations, dialogues, performances and workshops seeks many levels of communication practice. Commissioned papers, presentations and documentation of conference sessions and discussions will be published in a post-convening web journal to help perpetuate and develop the goals established during the conference.

Proposals should include these elements:
• Brief description of your practice, grounded in or through art or media
• Inspirations, resources, references; what is the theoretical and professional groundings for your work; what are the Big Ideas
• Current inquiries and curiosities; what are the Big Questions
• Vision; what is this work’s trajectory; where is it heading; how you envision the work’s future development
• Outline how you would make visible the knowledge of participants in the room and create “thinking together” in this small conference setting

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by an advisory committee. Registration fees for invited
session presenters and panelists with accepted proposals will be waived. Some papers may be accepted for the Convening web publication only.
Rustbelt to Artist Belt : At the Crossroads anticipates approximately 300-350 practitioners of arts-based community development programs and collaborations. Individual sessions will vary in capacity from 25 to 100 participants to full plenary sessions with all participants.
Submissions should be sent as attachments in PDF form to Roseann Weiss, Director of the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute at Please include CONVENING SUBMISSION in the email subject line.

Contact Roseann for more information about Rustbelt to Artist Belt : At the Crossroads — Arts-Based Community Development Convening and proposal submissions. Submission deadline is Sunday, February 19, 2012.

Rustbelt to Artist Belt : At the Crossroads is sponsored by RAC and CPAC with support by the Ford Foundation and Leveraging Investments in Creativity and is funded, in part, by the Kresge Foundation and the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. Special thanks to Detroit Creative Corridor Center.

One Response to CALL for papers, presentations, dialogues, performances, and workshops

  1. Dorothy Dunn says:

    I know we are late, but this amazing conference was just brought to our attention.

    I hope that you will consider including a presentation about America: Now and Here during your conference. Also, we have a major work of art — a full sized tractor-trailer wrapped by Barbara Kruger — parked in St. Louis now. Along with a presentation, this truck could provoke some very dynamic conversation among your participants.

    Can we schedule a call? My cell is 914.482.1337

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