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The Alliance of Artists Communities is headed to Denver, Colorado on October 2-5, 2017 for our 27th Annual Conference!

Meet up with leading voices from across the arts to explore artist-centered approaches to engaging communities and developing healthy organizations. Discover Denver - the Mile High City - known for sunny skies, natural wonders and expansive literary, theater and music scenes. Hop on tours highlighting Colorado's deep roots and innovative models in advancing artistic, cultural and environmental work - including two special preconference trips!

Join 350+ of your colleagues from around the world for #aac17conf!

All are welcome! Register today.

Who Will You Meet at #aac17conf

The list keeps growing! Here are just three of the amazing leaders you'll meet at the 2017 Alliance of Artists Communities' Annual Conference.

Nicole Caruth is a writer, curator and the Artistic Director of McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Previously a leader at The Union for Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Brooklyn Museum, Nicole's recent curatorial projects include The Grace Jones Project at the Museum of the African Diaspora and Power of People, Power of Place by Fallen Fruit.
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Gary Steuer is the President + CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado's leading foundation advancing arts and inspiring creative leadership in Denver. Previously the Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia and President of New York Programs for Arts and Business Council, Gary serves on the boards of Clyfford Still Museum and Grantmakers in the Arts.

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Paul Rucker is a visual artist, musician, and composer who uses images + sound to render powerful reflections on racial injustice in America. His awards include Creative Capital, Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowship and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation research fellowship.
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Thomas "Detour" Evans is a past RedLine resident and the artist behind this year's conference artwork. Learn more about his story through this short video about his exhibit They Still Live.

Featured Conference Tour: RedLine + PlatteForum

Visit two innovative artist residencies steps from eachother in Denver's River North Art District of Denver (RiNo) neighborhood. PlatteForum is a nationally-renowned residency program connecting contemporary artists and youth through innovative, long-term arts projects and exhibitions. RedLine Contemporary Art Center is a mecca for both artists and communities looking to create positive social change. Visited by over 30,000 people each year, RedLine hosts long and short-term residencies for emerging artists. Discover much more about these powerhouse centers during a special afternoon conference tour.

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2016 AAC Fellows - left to right: Joseph Hall (BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance); Amanda Chestnut (Genesee Center for the Arts & Education); Guido Portel Villaba (Elsewhere)

Apply for a Fellowship!

You still have time to apply for a fellowship as part of this year's conference!

  • 2017 Alliance's Diversity + Leadership Fellows program is a year-long experience aimed at celebrating and supporting the careers of emerging residency practitioners of color and emerging residency practitioners with disabilities. Six fellowships will be awarded in 2017 and will include travel/registration for the 2017 Conference. [ apply ]

  • State arts councils are offering scholarships and some deadlines are coming up fast! Apply for scholarships in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, North Dakota and Wyoming! Submit your application by July 31st! [ apply ]

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Ways to Save

There are many ways to save when attending this year's conference. Here are a few!

  • Register before the early-bird deadline on August 18 to save $75 off each order!

  • Become an AAC member and save an additional $75 per person.

  • Many airports fly direct to Denver (see map above). Southwest and Frontier have some excellent deals right now! (We're not affiliates, just excited).

  • Don't miss out on the special AAC rate at the Holiday Inn Express! Complimentary hot breakfast included! And guests at Holiday Inn Express may take advantage of amenities at the Brown Palace Hotel.

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