The fourth annual Arts Festival Conference presented by ZAPP® convenes Thursday, September 6, and Friday, September 7, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois at the Avenue Crowne Plaza Downtown hotel.
The 2012 Conference presents a fantastic opportunity to meet other artists and art fair professionals, enjoy outings and receptions, learn more about best practices and resources, take advantage of portfolio review opportunities, strengthen the art fair community, and have fun in magnificent Chicago!
This year's Conference will again include a symposium led by an expert panel, a practice that has become a staple of the annual conference and encourages thought-provoking dialogue about the art festival industry. The two-day conference is sponsored by ZAPPlication® and the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).
The early-bird registration rate is $265 per person for all conference registrations received on or before August 5, 2012. The regular rate is $315 per person and will become effective August 6, 2012. A special group rate is available for groups of two or more.
The ZAPP® system grew out of a non-profit partnership of between eight major arts festivals and WESTAF, and has been praised by both art festival administrators and artists alike. ZAPP® allows artists to apply online to art festivals and allows art festivals to manage their application, administration, and jury processes online. Since its launch in 2004, ZAPP® has become the premier internet art festival tool - serving over 500 events and 60,000 artists.
The ZAPP® system is owned by a partnership of seven art shows, one cultural organization, and is managed by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). WESTAF is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to the creative development, advancement, and preservation of the arts regionally and through a national network of clients and alliances. WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts by engaging in arts-policy research and state arts agency development, developing innovative programs, providing a variety of services, and supporting programming for artists and arts organizations. Additionally, WESTAF regularly convenes experts and leaders to address critical issues affecting arts and culture. Founded in 1974, WESTAF is the largest of six regional arts organizations in the United States and is proud to have several artists on staff.
As further details emerge, Conference information will be sent out via email, and on the ZAPP® Facebook and Twitter feeds. Interested artists can opt-in to the System Communication option on their ZAPPlication.org profiles to receive these email updates. Other interested parties can click here to be added to the Conference information email list.
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