One State Together in the Arts is a biannual conference, co-presented by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council and made possible by generous support from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and the Joyce Foundation. One State Together In The Arts enables state-wide arts educators, practitioners, organizers and administrators to come together to share new ideas, fresh perspectives, build networks and be inspired by the work that is being made throughout Illinois. On May 23 - 24th, 2011 the conference was held in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, featuring ten speakers across all of the arts disciplines who each personify or inspire a Creative Breakthrough. Their presentations are available online courtesy of the Arts Alliance Illinois.
Dr. Carrie Sandahl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the head of the new Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities, which is devoted to research on and the creation of disability art. Beginning in 2010, this program is the new administrative home for Chicago’s Bodies of Work, an organization that supports city-wide disability arts festivals and that promotes disability arts and culture year-round. Her own research and creative activity focus on disability and gender identities in live performance, including theatre, dance, and performance art.