Creative work has the ability to bring awareness, create change, heal wounds, and unite fractured groups. Now is the right time to become aware of your power and agency!

The 2017 summit theme is ALLIES: How can artists use creativity to empower and engage marginalized communities, creating relationships that are reciprocally beneficial and that bring about positive social change?

This year’s programming includes: 

  • A free public keynote address by New Orleans citizen artist Imani Jacqueline Brown, a founding cultural activist of Blights Out, an organization that serves a cultural connective tissue to join oppositional groups of people in order to heal literal and figurative blights in New Orleans.

  • Cool regional panelists and speakers speaking about the ways that creative symbiosis between art and community unlocked unexpected artistic and professional opportunities for them.

  • A facilitated charrette (which is a fancy word for group problem solving and brainstorming) around the idea of using and building alliances as artists to meet needs within the community. Ignite has $3000 to give away as seed money for projects resulting from these discussions and interactions!

  • A live recording of the Don't You Lie to Me podcast.

  • Two delicious meals and a fun cocktail reception.


$35 for VAE members, $50 for non-members