Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE will take place April 21–23, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a constellation of sites across the city.

Advance registration for the conference is required.  Some individual events require their own registration/RSVP in addition to general conference registration.
Special note: You can attend Friday programming before visiting registration if you have proof of your registration on your phone or as a print out.

When you arrive at OE 2017 make your first stop OEHQ! There you’ll find all of the necessary conference materials, including the printed program and your conference name tag. Your name tag is required to attend Open Engagement sessions, including the Featured Presentations. Please keep your name tag with you at all times. OEHQ will have the most up-to-date information about the conference throughout the weekend, including any schedule/location changes.

OEHQ 2017 Hours are:
Friday, April 21st: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Note: You can attend Friday Open House programming before visiting registration if you have proof of your registration on your phone or as a print out.
Saturday, April 22nd: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, April 23rd: 9:00am – 4:00pm

OEHQ will be located at:
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Art and Exhibition Hall
400 S Peoria
Chicago, IL 60607

Featured Presentations & Parties
Laurie Jo Reynolds has co-organized We Shouldn’t Have Policies We Are Afraid to Talk About: A Symposium on Public Crime Registries from 4-6pm at the University of Chicago

In addition to registering for OE2017, RSVP is REQUIRED for Theaster Gates in conversation with OE 2017 Curators Lisa Lee and Romi Crawford about the Tamir Rice Memorial Project at Stony Island Arts Bank, followed directly by JOY, a party hosted by Party Noire.
Special note: You can attend Friday programming before visiting registration if you have proof of your registration on your phone or as a print out. JOY is open the all members the public. 

Ai-jen Poo and Marisa Jahn will present Solutions for the CareForce on UIC Campus followed by performances and ¡JUST DANCE!, a party hosted by TRQPiTECA at Co-Prosperity Sphere. 

We will convene at the National Museum of Mexican Art for a conversation between Maria Valera and Maria Gaspar, followed by a closing party hosted by Slo’Mo at Reunion.

OE 101
Saturday morning from 9:30 – 9:45am
Highly recommended for folks who have never attended OE before, and for those who are seasoned conference-goers who just want a better look at this year! Get an overview of the weekend ahead, ask questions, and get ready to make the most of your experience at OE 2017 with Founder/Director Jen Delos Reyes and Assistant Director Crystal Baxley. 

Friday Open Houses
You can attend Open House programming before visiting registration if you have proof of your registration on your phone or as a print out.

Inspired by Anthony Fyson and Colin Ward’s The Exploding School, OE has adopted an “Exploded Conference” model, where conference-goers experience the sites and context of the city as part of the conference and educational experience. This programming is organized by the presenters and varies in their offerings and approaches. Further information about each Open House Tour and an interactive map of locations can be found on OE’s website.

The following Open Houses require pre-registration for their events:
Stony Island
, Block Museum – If You Remember, I’ll Remember, Smart Museum of Art – On Stewardship, Columbia College Glass Curatin Gallery – Revolution at Point Zero

Trainings Pre-Registration
This year we are offering trainings to provide attendees with skills and tools to help better address creative work at the complex intersection of art and social justice, with skill-sharing opportunities from professional facilitators for practicing artists, administrators and activists to use in the field. Each training can accommodate approximately 30 participants, and are first-come, first-serve with online registration.
Learn more and register for OE 2017 Trainings:
Understanding Adultism & Building Partnerships with Youth
Creating Access
TRAP House Chicago: Streetwear × Art × Radical Restorative Justice
Fighting adultism within and outside organizations
Working at the Intersections: Reproductive Justice Includes Racial Justice
Identity, Power and Oppression

Public Transit and Parking at UIC
Our primary venue, University of Illinois at Chicago, is most conveniently accessible via Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) UIC-Halsted station, serviced by the Blue Line ‘L’ train.
UIC-Halsted Station
430 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607
Connections: CTA Bus #7, #8, #60
Find out more about using Chicago’s public transit system at

Information about Parking on UIC Campus

Open Engagement is committed to being an accessible space. We partner with venues who share with our goal, and we work to ensure conference spaces are accessible to all. However, there are challenges with being an itinerant conference and we are sometimes not able to provide access to every venue. We make every effort to note where venues are challenging or inaccessible to persons with limited mobility.
Service Animals
Service animals are welcome, however pets are not permitted.

Please email or call 503-319-6015 or 773-627-3437 to request accommodations or ask questions about accessibility, or visit us at OEHQ during the conference.

Restrooms, Changing Tables, Quiet Space
We are working to ensure that gender neutral restrooms will be available at all of our primary conference locations. We are also working to have changing tables and a nursing room available, as well as to provide a designated quiet zone in UIC’s Art & Exhibition Hall. Please feel free to contact us or visit OEHQ with any requests or questions.

To access wifi on campus at UIC, please visit OEHQ to receive the creditals

Follow & Tag OE on Social Media
Following OE on social media is a great way to stay informed about what is happening throughout the weekend and to share your experience with others. Please follow @openengagement on Instagram and Twitter, friend us on Facebook. We will be reposting and sharing your experiences so please @ mention us, tag us and use #OE2017 freely.