PANEL: Support and Amplify – The role of community-based Arts Centers in the age of Pandemic and Social Change

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 2:15 – 3:15 pm

200 W Madison, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM


Hosted by Arts Alliance Illinois, Hyde Park Art Centerand Springfield Art Association

Online Event

Betsy Dollar, Springfield Art Association 
Doug Johnson, McLean County Art Center
Ciera McKissick, Hyde Park Art Center
Jon Veal, Alt Space Chicago

This panel discussion brings together leaders of community arts organizations from across the state to explore challenges and opportunities provided by the present moment. As we move increasingly to virtual presentations and interactions, with the potential to share anywhere in the world, how can our role as a local community organization deepen? How can local arts centers cement relationships within their communities, continuing to support artists, offer local-based programming and also provide opportunities for engagement with larger issues such as equity, social justice, anti-racism and climate change, which are exposed and highlighted in the current social circumstance? In times of social crisis the arts take on greater importance. Artists and arts organizations are called to meet the challenge.

Sponsored by Local Arts Network: The Local Arts Network (LAN) builds capacity and excellence amongst Local Arts Agencies so they can better serve their communities.



This event is part of the #OneState2020 conference. See the full conference lineup and register at



Yes! We have waived all conference fees this year due to COVID-19. When you RSVP, you will have the option to donate to help us make the conference financially accessible for all creative Illinoisans.



One State Together in the Arts is the only statewide arts conference in Illinois, bringing together leaders, practitioners, artists and administrators from all disciplines and from all across the state. This year we will: 
- Focus on rebuilding, revitalizing, and reimagining the future 
- Center racial equity, as we know that is the only way the work can be successful
- Investigate how Arts & Culture interacts/intersects with the current political moment
- And provide lots of (virtual) opportunities to be in community with others...because one thing we all need right now is connection to our community.



One State is brought to you by Arts Alliance Illinois, in partnership with Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), and with generous funding from IACA and the National Endowment of the Arts.