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Beyond Alternatives Call for Proposals

Type: Conferences & Symposia [View all]
Posted by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Deadline: Wed, February 14th, 2018


Beyond Alternatives is a two-day symposium focusing on artist-led organizing outside of large metropolitan areas.  

Within art making there is a long tradition of artists organizing to create opportunities for other people and other artists. Often, though not always, the site of these activities are urban for various practical reasons. What this means in turn is that conversations about artists doing organizational activity often are focused on or approached with the assumption that the goal is ultimately an urban audience or an urban venue. Look to to New York, look to Chicago and look to Los Angeles. However, there are lots of activities going on in between.

In light of this, we are accepting submissions for panels, discussions or talks at the Beyond Alternatives Symposium, April 6-7th 2018 from artists engaged in organizational work in non-metropolitan areas. Submissions are welcomed from both in and outside of the Central Illinois area, since the artist-led organizing in Central Illinois is a familiar example happening in lots of places. Keep in mind the symposium is not a how-to rather it is intended to be a critical moment for artists already doing or artists invested in organizing to form relationships with each other.

To submit a proposal please email the following information to by February 14, 2018

Formatted into a single PDF document:

500 word proposal (this is deliberately open to various formats)

3-4 images that support the proposed presentation

100 word biographies of participants/presenters


There is more information about the symposium on the website:


Posted on Thu, February 8th, 2018
Expires on Wed, February 14th, 2018

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