2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

Artists & Place: Insights/Incites on Site

Saturday, October 28, 8am-4pm

Individual artists simultaneously occupy and transform the sites where they reside, work, and perform. This preconference explores artists’ roles in our understanding of “place”; how their literal and figurative positions in the arts ecosystem inform, inspire, activate, or sometimes suppress their creative work; and the funder’s role in supporting or impeding them. The day will be focused on small group discussions and will feature stories from individual artists and fellow funders. Discussion questions include: How are artists’ power and positionality used in place, especially in the preservation, development, or transformation of community? What is the responsibility, if any, of funders to tear down walls that restrict access? In addition to these questions, we will interrogate common ideas and language used to describe creative work in places, including the premise that belonging to community is inherently geographic in nature.

Preconference Planning Committee:

with additional assistance from:

This preconference is supported in part by 3Arts, Inc.