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 AudiencesClick here to learn more about the last conference.

The next conference will be in early 2017.  If you would like to be added to the email for conference updates, please send your information to: conference@arts.texas.gov.