Call for Proposals – TransCultural Exchange’s 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons

Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2017; 5:00 p.m. EST
Conference Dates: February 22nd – 24th, 2018
Location: Québec City, Canada
Academic Host: Laval University, with panels, tours and presentations also taking place throughout Québec City – the 2016 Culture City of the Year

TransCultural Exchange’s Conferences are the only of their kind, bringing together hundreds of international artists, residency directors, arts teachers, administrators, biennale organizers, cultural attachés, critics, curators and grant makers. For students, they are the missing link between academia and a real world art practice. For more established artists, they are an essential forum for networking with their peers around the globe.

Scope of Topics
TransCultural Exchange is currently accepting proposals for its three-day International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons from Canadian artist-run centers and residencies. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for the Pecha Kucha sessions and portfolio reviews. (Although we would be happy to also entertain other suggestions for talks as long as they conform to the Conference theme of “International Opportunities in the Arts”, we can only accept a very limited number of non-Pecha Kucha proposals as our Open Call proposal deadline of February 20 has already passed.)

Below are the specific requirements for submitting a Pecha Kucha Proposal:

These 3-minute talks can be treated as a Power Point, video or other short format presentation. They are ideally suited to organizations that serve artists—such as artist-in-residences—to quickly promote/pitch their programs to the Conference’s large number of artist attendees. All Pecha Kucha presenters are also asked to conduct one set of portfolio reviews. (A set consists of six 20-minute reviews, for a total of 2 hours.) This gives the attendees a chance to have additional one-on-one time with the presenters.

Submission Process
Prospective panelists must submit their proposals to TransCultural Exchange’s Conference Chair by email at

Each proposal must include:
1. The title of the proposal.
2. The proposal type (single paper, panel discussion, workshop, demonstration or Pecha Kucha presentation).
3. A one-sentence proposal summary (30-word limit).
4. A 200-word (maximum) proposal description. If the proposal is subsequently accepted as a post-Conference paper, this description will serve as the paper’s abstract (which may be revised prior to publication).
5. A short biography for each speaker, noting qualifications and organizational or institutional affiliations. (Biographies must be limited to no more than 150 words.)
6. A photo(s) of the presenter(s) submitted as a jpeg (300 dpi).

These materials will be used to judge the proposal and—if the proposal is accepted—serve as the online and Conference brochure content for the proposal’s presentation. Accepted abstracts will be published online.

All proposals must be submitted in English.

Other Things to Note:
Conference registration, reception costs and the cost of the gala dinner are waived for all presenters.

Airfare and accommodations are not covered; however, letters of invitation for accepted presenters will be provided upon request to help presenters secure outside funding.

For those speakers who are not affiliated with a college, university, museum or for-profit institution, TransCultural Exchange also offers a limited number of travel grants: Four $250 travel grants, given in memory of TransCultural Exchange’s founding board member Betsy Carpenter are available to US and/or Canadian presenters. To request such funding, please enclose a statement of need and rationale along with your proposal. Please note that some U.S. states, such as California, offer professional development grants to arts professionals to attend conferences; and that conference costs are often tax-deductible as professional development fees. Please consult your tax adviser for additional information.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit:
Please note that the link above was for the open-call proposal and, thus, the deadline has passed. The deadline for this call is April 1.