Regional Meetings take place throughout the year in partnership with local communities with the goal of maintaining essential networks that can help impact cultural policy. Convened in-between Open Dialogues, they are designed in response to local community needs and offer opportunities to further exchange ideas and action around a particular issue.

Participants from around the nation engage in action-oriented sessions, connected around food, music and common purpose to formulate action-agendas promoting equity in cultural policy, funding and leadership. Open Dialogues also featured a dynamic and diverse sampling of artists’ performances as joyous reminders of what we all are striving to celebrate and protect.


Upcoming Regional Meetings

Cultural Equity in the Arts Forum: Building Bridges
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Old Dillard Museum & Walker Elementary School Campus
1009 NW 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Reception to Follow: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Midtown Art Gallery
1033 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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Regional Meetings Archives 2014

2014 Regional Meeting presented as part of the Cultivating Creative Communities

Join artists, creative professionals, arts administrators and cultural institutions for a unique conference and networking opportunity at the historic Tip Top building in Omaha on June 10 & 11, 2014.

Here's what happened at the conference:
• Case studies of successful creative communities throughout Nebraska and the region
• Networking with thought-leaders and influential arts advocates from the public and private sectors
• Hands-on activities to help people a envision and ultimately build their own creative community

For more information: Conference Schedule


2013 Regional Meeting presented as part of Cultural Congress Arts & Social Change: An Open Dialogue
April 22-24, 2013 | Seattle Center | Seattle, WA

The Washington State Arts Alliance produces the Cultural Congress, a collaborative conference that brings together a diverse group of cultural leaders to strengthen skills and cultivate partnerships through intensive workshops, peer dialogue, and dynamic speakers. The keynote address was presented by Bill Ivey.

The Cultural Congress is supported by ArtsWA4CultureSeattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural AffairsThe Seattle CenterTheatre Puget Sound and the Boeing Company

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2012 Regional Meeting presented as part of Arts & Social Change: An Open Dialogue
October 12-13, 2012 | Seattle Center | Seattle, WA

The staff from Washington State Arts Commission, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Center have been meeting for years and have together coordinated three Ethnic Arts Showcases since 2006 to promote some of the powerful and engaging work being done by ethnic creative communities in Washington State. This year, the interagency effort has expanded to include Seattle Office for Civil Rights and The Association of American Cultures. With additional membership and funding, the steering committee saw an opportunity to plan a symposium that would gather folks who engage with or are from arts and/or social change communities from the Pacific Northwest region to explore what it means to be transformative change agents via the arts.

For more information: Final Report | Video | Photos |


2012 Regional Meeting presented as part of Alternate ROOTS 36th Annual Meeting & Artists Retreat: Traditions
August 7-12, 2012 | Lutheridge Conference Center | Asheville, NC

The Alternate ROOTS 36th Annual Meeting and Artists' Retreat is a unique gathering in the field of community-based art-making and has become known as a seminal annual event for many. The week-long conference (more like an un-conference, really) combines performances, studios, late night cabarets, visual arts installations, business meetings, networking opportunities and open space dialogues in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. TAAC was proud to sponsor the ROOTS keynote speaker/event, Robert Karimi. The performance featured selections of Karimi’s critically-acclaimed solo works, including Self (the Remix), Farid Mercury, and The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades.

For more information: Photos | Program | Video