Arts Leadership Conference

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[RE]CONNECT: Seattle Arts Leadership Conference is a full-day event, hosted by Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program. Arts leaders from across the Pacific Northwest will gather for an exciting day of provocative speakers, professional development workshops, and artwork. The conference opens with a reception in the Vachon Gallery on the Seattle University campus, which will showcase a month-long exhibition of artwork created by students and alumni.

The Conference is seeking proposals that reflect the theme of [RE]CONNECT, Courageous Arts Leadership in Turbulent Times. Like many times in history, our world has become disjointed into us versus them, establishments of ‘other’, and confusion. This conference theme is intended to bravely and boldly call out issues and encourage change through our leadership. As Arts Leaders, it is our responsibility to act as a conduit for connecting people and ideas.

Registration for the 2019 Conference is now open! Sign up before February 15th to get discounts on registration.

Call for Proposals

We welcome you to submit a proposal that encompasses the ideas of connection, togetherness, and unity. Exemplary proposals should address community and personal connections created through the arts, illustrate ideas through a socially just and equitable lens, and focus on issues that impact a diverse range of practitioners and organizations.

How to Submit:

  • Complete the Call for Proposals form by Monday, January 14, 2019.
  • Submissions must include a session title and description, presenter information, and a description of how the presentation aligns with the conference theme.
  • Applicants will be informed by Friday, February 1st, 2019 with the status of their presentation proposal. 

Contact Kevin Maifeld, Arts Leadership Director & Professor at Seattle University, at with questions.

Call for Artists

Current students, alumni, and faculty of Seattle University's MFA in Arts Leadership program are invited to exhibit artwork as part of the 2019 Arts Leadership Conference. All work will be displayed in Vachon Gallery from February 15 to March 2nd, with a closing reception on the evening of Friday, March 1st. All mediums and methods are welcome.

How to Submit:

  • Email your submissions to the Arts Committee at with the subject 'Courageous Arts Leadership in Turbulent Times-Submission'
  • Include an artist statement and brief description of the work(s), work dimensions, and installation/de-installation needs
  • Visual Artists may submit up to 3 works for the exhibition. 4 images maximum for each submission.
  • Performance Artists may submit concept and examples of past works. 

Submissions will not be accepted after January 7th, 2019. Artists will be informed by January 11th, 2019 with more information. 

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Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
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Rosa Joshi 
Chair, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership

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