INFO SESSION – FAQ

For those of you who couldn’t attend our Information Session at Roots & Culture in Chicago we wanted to make sure your most burning questions were answered here: Does a proposal or project have to be relevant to the theme of JUSTICE? We think the theme JUSTICE  is of the utmost urgency, and are aiming […]


WE ARE OPEN – 2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

CALLING ALL local, national, and international artists, activists, academics, cultural producers, administrators, curators, educators, writers, thinkers, doers, and makers of all ages with a vested interest in art and social practice. We are currently accepting proposals for Open Engagement 2017 –– Justice through our FREE call.Open Engagement (OE) is the largest artist-led conference dedicated to […]


OE Perspectives: J. Soto & Anthony Romero

In an effort to further the conversations that occurred during the conference and share with a wider audience, we are initiating the platform OE Perspectives—first person reflections on OE 2016 provided from a select number of entrusted colleagues and friends of OE. LATINX Dialogue: Open Engagement 2016 Anthony Romero: Perhaps we can begin by outlining some […]


OE Perspectives: Pedro Lasch

In an effort to further the conversations that occurred during the conference and share with a wider audience, we are initiating the platform OE Perspectives—first person reflections on OE 2016 provided from a select number of entrusted colleagues and friends of OE. Collective Art Research and its Sharing Across Platforms A Report by Pedro Lasch for 2016 […]


OE Perspectives: Dana Bassett

In an effort to further the conversations that occurred during the conference and share with a wider audience, we are initiating the platform OE Perspectives—first person reflections on OE 2016 provided from a select number of entrusted colleagues and friends of OE. It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of […]


OE 2016 Media Roundup

Below is a list of media coverage and responses to Open Engagement – Oakland, 2016.   East Bay Express – Art Off the Walls: A Guide to Open Engagement Temporary Art Review – The Aguilar Family on Open Engagement 2014 Berkeley Center for New Media – Shannon Jackson in Open Engagement Temporary Art Review – […]


An Open Letter on Open Engagement 2016 from Jen Delos Reyes

Chicago, IL May 14, 2016 Distant friends, I woke up at 3:00 am this morning with the dream that we could write each other beautiful, thoughtful letters in which we share our thoughts, open up dialogue, and support one another. There is a way we can talk to each other here that is different than […]


Jen Delos Reyes: The Power of Love

Image: “Advice from My 80-Year-Old Self,” 2011. Courtesy The Estate of Susan O’Malley   “All the great movements for social justice in our society have strongly emphasized a love ethic.” – bell hooks On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party (BPP) Open Engagement finds itself in the city that gave […]


Amy Balkin: POWER and San Francisco’s Prelinger Library

San Francisco’s Prelinger Library is self-described as an “independent research library…open to anyone for research, reading, inspiration, and reuse.” I posed a set of questions to Megan Prelinger, the library’s co-founder, as a way to learn about POWER in the context of the Library. Her responses reflect on and extend the work of the library’s twelve years of […]


A Conversation with Suzanne Lacy

The longtime artist, writer, and social activist creates socially engaged art that stimulates dialogue about race, inequality, and social justice This spring, the Oakland Museum of California hosts Open Engagement, an annual three-day, artist-led conference dedicated to socially engaged art. This year’s event, which takes place April 29–May 1, addresses the theme of power. Los […]