Open Engagement is an artist-led initiative founded by Jen Delos Reyes committed to expanding the dialogue around and serving as a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. They highlight the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organisations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. Since 2007, OE has presented ten conferences in two countries and six cities, hosting over 1,800 presenters and over 7,000 attendees. In addition, OE managed a publishing arm, and assembled a national consortium of institutions, colleges, and funders all dedicated to supporting artists engaged in this necessary and critical work.
In 2019 Open Engagement has embarked on a research year to re-assess and evaluate the needs of the field. This will take the shape of a survey, residencies, retreats, and a series of public conversations across the US and beyond.