Open Engagement (OE) is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time.

Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE took place April 21–23, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a constellation of sites across the city. This past year’s conference, guided by the curatorial vision of Romi Crawford and Lisa Yun Lee, featured presenters including Theaster Gates, Maria Gaspar, Maria Varela, Ai-jen Poo, Marisa Jahn and Laurie Jo Reynolds. Learn more about OE 2017.

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