In 2007 TransCultural Exchange launched a
biennale International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts. These Conferences are
the only forum of their kind, bringing artists directly into contact with renowned international critics, curators and artist-in-residency
directors. They are, as the artist and London Biennale director David Medalla says, "One of the best things in the art world today."
Outside evaluations confirm Medalla's statement. As the past eight years' data proves, TransCultural Exchange's efforts have
consistently met the organization's goal to produce tangible benefits to the artist attendees, their communities and the participating
universities, residencies, museums and cultural organizations.
To apply to be a Conference Host, please submit a proposal, including information on the following:
1. What venues are available for the Conference's activities, e.g. panel sessions, portfolio reviews, receptions and a dinner,
including costs, size and capacity.
2. What accommodations are available for the speakers and attendees, including their room rates.
3. What venues that might be used for tours (such as gallery or museum tours) and if exhibition spaces are available and
under what terms they would be available.
Please provide the name and qualifications of the organization(s) or team(s) who will act as the on-site Conference
committee for logistical and staffing help.
To be affordable to artists, Conference registration fees are among the country's lowest. Typically, they cover no more than
a quarter of the Conference's total budget. Hosting organizations or cities, therefore, are required to pay a minimum fee of
$85,000, and must also cover the costs of the opening night reception (or dinner).
Post-Conference surveys and IMPLAN© economic indicator tool show that TransCultural Exchange's
Conferences provide a great economic benefit to their host cities and organizations. For instance, according to IMPLAN's
economic impact analysis, the 2013 Conference supported 11.5 jobs and created a total economic impact of $963,715. (For more
details, please see TransCultural Exchange's 2013 Conference Survey and Evaluation.) .
Economic benefits are only one side of the story, however. For the 2013 Conference, Boston University served as the lead academic
host. As a result, Boston University gained
• Global recognition as the lead host of TransCultural Exchange's Conference.
• Access to TransCultural Exchange's network of support, residency programs, cultural institutions and affiliated government
• High, one-stop visibility to international critics, curators, artists, residency directors and other key art world leaders.
• Inclusion in all pre- & post-Conference marketing and social media campaigns and at social events, including activities that showcase the host's programs.
• Credit/Co-branding, including the sponsor's linked logo on TransCultural Exchange's website, promotional materials and publications.
• Continuous, on-site marketing presence.
• Free Conference admission for all faculty and staff as well as
• Increased revenue streams through indirect income (meals, bookstore sales, etc.) associated with the Conference.
In addition to instant international arts programming and the possibility to expand these opportunities to other departments and schools
worldwide, Boston University students received an enhanced educational experience. Junior faculty gained professional development
opportunities; and senior faculty received heightened visibility among their peers.
Other Tangible Outcomes
Although the Conference's activities cover just three days, its impact extends far into the future. As program
evaluations consistently reveal, nearly half the attendees can cite tangible outcomes, such as offers to exhibit, attend residency programs and
teach. Within three months of the 2013 Conference's end, over thirteen different programs offered exhibitions and/or residencies to artists whom
they met at the Conference. These impacts are generative and sustaining: participation in one program often leads to others. Attendees feel that
the Conferences are invaluable to their careers. The atmosphere is open and extremely supportive, making it an ideal resource for artists and arts
organizations to network, find out about opportunities and present their work.
The hosting organizationís sponsors also benefit. For instance, the sponsorship in 2013 by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture gave Taiwanese art and culture high visibility to the
international art world. With the video exhibition Reaching Beyond: New Media Work in Taiwan, installed on site and the artist Huang Yi
performing at the gala dinner, today's Taiwan's art received maximum exposure in this well connected environment. The results were striking:
• Collide@Cern entered into an agreement with Taiwan for an artist and information exchange.
• Several exhibition spaces expressed interest in exhibiting the Conference exhibition Reaching Beyond: New Media Work in Taiwan.
• The Taiwanese performer Huang Yi received invitations to perform at a number of venues, including France's CAMAC.
• Trans Artists and the Alliance for Artists Communities did site visits to Taiwan's residencies to discuss future collaborative possibilities,
resulting in Trans Artists being invited back for workshops.
• A number of the Taiwanese speakers were invited guests at MIT's Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) program.
For more information and statistical evidence of the Conference benefits please see our Conference Survey and Evaluation.
or contact Mary Sherman by email or phone (617.413.0967) to discuss your proposal.