After a decade, Open Engagement (OE) will hold its final convening 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, and an intimate conversation about the history and future of OE between the core organizers of the conference (Jen Delos Reyes, Crystal Baxley, and Latham Zearfoss), Laura Raicovich, and Paul Ramirez Jonas.
Registration is REQUIRED to attend Open Engagement. This year OE is offering sliding scale registration fees beginning at $75. We ask that you spend some time reviewing the price brackets to see which suggested pricing best describes your financial status. Please give what you, or your institution, can. OE counts overwhelmingly on the support of its community to happen each year.
OE 2018 will bring together hundreds of artists, activists, educators, students, institutions, and thinkers to take stock of the field of socially engaged art and practice and explore this year’s theme of SUSTAINABILITY. 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 Conversation Series. In the evenings, 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.
OE is working with partners spanning New York City's five boroughs to represent the work being done at the intersection of art and activism across the city. Current partners include: A Blade of Grass, American Folk Art Museum, Bad at Sports, Bronx Museum of Art, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, Community Access Art Collective, Eyebeam, Fourth Arts Block, Interference Archive, International Center of Photography, Knockdown Center, Lesbian Herstory Archives, Maker Park Radio, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Hall of Science, No Longer Empty, Recess, Social Justice Tours, Studio Museum in Harlem, Swale, Decolonize This Place, Discwoman, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, The 8th Floor, and Visual AIDS.
In anticipation of the full weekend of conference programming, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host pre-conference activities on Thursday, May 10th including panel discussions, break-out sessions, and performance.
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.
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.
We want anyone who wishes to attend Open Engagement to be present. If paying a fee to attend the conference is too great of a financial burden, please email us at email@example.com for information on our scholarship program and volunteer opportunities.