Open Engagement comes to Oakland

Mark your calendars. April 29–May 1, 2016

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Our favorite family friendly conference of social practice artists, writers, movers, shakers, and makers is coming to Oakland! Open Engagement (OE) is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations.

Themed POWER, the OE 2016 conference is curated by René de Guzman of the Oakland Museum and will feature keynote speakers Angela Davis and Suzanne Lacy   and take place  at the Oakland Museum of California and additional sites throughout the Bay Area. We’re psyched and the call for proposals is now open and closes on November 2, 2015. Get yours in soon! Learn more

“Local, national, and international artists, activists, academics, cultural producers, administrators, curators, educators, writers, thinkers, doers, and makers of all ages are encouraged to propose programming for OE 2016. Power is the ability to make desired results happen. OE invites participants to explore this concept broadly and expansively. What is power in the present age? How do we effectively demand it and how we create it for ourselves? What are the innovative strategies for empowerment before us? What are the mechanisms by which we insure fair and equitable distribution of power for all? How do we conceive of ourselves and how do we share power with others?” — René de Guzman, OE 2016 Curator

Founded in 2007, OE has evolved into an unparalleled hub for practitioners and audiences of socially engaged art to assemble. OE is the only conference on this subject of this scale that operates on an inclusive open call model that supports emerging and established artists and collaborates closely with national institutions to further the networks of support for socially engaged art. Registration opens in February 2016.


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