New Genres Art Space will be the featured arts speaker for the Fall 2019 Humanities Center Speakers series at Elgin Community College. Their talk will be from 11:00-12:15 in the Spartan Auditorium; the ‘meet & greet’ lunch will follow at 12:30-1:45pm.
In the age of falling student enrollment in higher education across Illinois, mid-size museums and art centers facing declines in high-dollar, aging funders while fighting for underfunded local community and state art grants, and powerful art institutions offering meager wages or creating life-long adjuncts questions are raised: How do we not remove ourselves, but redefine this "grab-bag candy game" of art and education? How do we not theorize about inclusive, sustainable, progressive, and accessible education in a thesis, but put them into practice outside of conferences, classrooms, and lectures?
In this talk, the founders of New Genres Art Space speak to the realities of implementing such an undertaking in a midsize Midwestern city and, in a time of uncertainty in arts and education, their community has left them "feeling the future."