Every other year, Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) hosts the State of the Arts conference. The conference is designed to be a service for people who work in the arts in Texas. TCA surveys the field in the Spring of even-numbered years to see what topics are of most interest to the field. For some attendees, this conference is the only source of professional development they receive. For all attendee, the conference provides a great opportunity to connect to colleagues across the state who work in their same areas. TCA strives to provide tangible concepts attendees can adapt and put to use in their communities, along with best practices and emerging trends. The conference typically attracts around 500 attendees from across the state. TCA usually has representatives from our regional partner, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts at the conference to explain their programs and services. The attendees represent all disciplines of the arts field (visual, music, dance, theater, opera, literature, media arts/film, and multidiscipline) and range from mid-sized to small arts organizations, emerging to established professionals, college arts professors, individual artists, and more.
The theme of the last conference was Engaging New Audiences. Click here to learn more about the last conference.
Instead of having a large, general conference in early 2017, the Texas Commission on the Arts will concentrate on a few smaller, subject-specific gatherings that will let TCA—and the Texas arts field—do some deeper exploration on specific topics, including cultural districts. Please follow this link to sign up for notifications about the next conference in 2019.