Open Engagement 2018 — SUSTAINABILITY will take place May 11–13, 2018 at the Queens Museum and a constellation of sites across the city. This year’s conference will feature presenters including Lucy Lippard and Mel Chin. More presenters will be confirmed and announced in late winter.
Now in its 10th year, OE will bring together hundreds of artists, activists, educators, students, institutions, and thinkers to explore this year’s theme of SUSTAINABILITY, as well as take stock of the field of socially engaged art and practice. This year’s program will feature local, national and international presenters and will mark the final iteration of the conference as it stands. The core team will take 2019 as an exploratory year, to assess the needs of the field and how best to continue crafting a site of care for socially-engaged art and its practitioners. OE 2018 will feature a selection of focused trainings to provide attendees with skills and tools to help better address creative work at the complex intersection of art and social justice, as well as opportunities for intimate discussion during our Dinner Conversation Series. In the evenings, femme-fronted, queer-inclusive nightlife organizers will host celebrations, guided by the belief that transformative acts of change are deeply indebted to these marginal spaces of collective joy.
In anticipation of the conference, The Metropolitan Museum will host a full day of pre-conference programming on Thursday, May 10th including panel discussions, break-out sessions and performance.
This year OE will offer a sliding scale registration fee ranging starting at $75. We also encourage folks who cannot attend the conference (due to scheduling or other non-financial reasons) to consider making a donation of any size. Your contribution will enable us to subsidize the cost of attendance for current presenters and those in need.
Open Engagement 2018 — SUSTAINABILITY is presented in partnership with The Queens Museum, and marks the final year of a three-year cycle that situated the conference in the Bay Area (2016 — POWER) in partnership with the Oakland Museum of California and the California College of the Arts, and in Chicago (2017 – JUSTICE) in partnership with The University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Art and Art History.
OE is the largest artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around, and creating a site of care for, the field of socially engaged art. Founded in 2007, OE has evolved into an unparalleled hub for practitioners and audiences to assemble. OE employs an inclusive open call model that supports emerging and established artists and organizers, highlights the voices of students alongside professionals, and collaborates closely with national institutions to further the networks of support for socially engaged art. OE is committed to the power of art to enact radical social change.