We did it! ASTEP’s 1st Annual Artist as Citizen Conference!

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From June 2 – 6, 2014, ASTEP gathered 46 extraordinary young artists in NYC for four days of workshops, special guest speakers, group meals, and artist roundtables. We aimed to celebrate, connect, and develop young leaders in the arts by providing them with a transformative artistic and educational experience—and based on their feedback, we’re confident it was a success!

I meet a lot of people who just talk the talk. It was amazing to be around people who walk the walk. Thank you for an amazing opportunity to collaborate with young artists from around the country. This unity will last a lifetime.”

The workshops provided nourishment and encouragement for me to become a more selfless, more motivated human being of integrity. ASTEP is my new family. Thank you.”

There was a good progression of ideas on artistry, citizenship, and finally how we start putting our own plans in motion…I can never express my thanks enough for this conference – four days have never made such an impact on who I am as a human being/artist/citizen.”

Each participant is now an official Artist as Citizen Fellows, and we are certain that their leadership potential will lead them towards a path of responsible activism. Keep an eye out for information about the 2015 Artist as Citizen Conference!


Now announcing…The 2014 ASTEP Artist as Citizen Conference!

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June 2 – June 6, 2014


The Juilliard School, NYC

The ASTEP Artist as Citizen Conference is a four-day immersive retreat for young leaders in the performing and visual arts who have recognized the power art has to transform communities. The 2014 Conference will draw on ASTEP’s diverse community of supporters, partners and volunteers, as well as on New York City’s incomparable resources, to expose students to professionals in the fields of arts education, applied theater, and social practice art. Application deadline is May 15.*


$300 Participation Fee Includes:

Housing in the Juilliard dorms

NYC MetroCard

Meal Stipend

One Broadway Show

Six Workshops

Three Keynote Speakers

Two Roundtable Discussions

Apply Now!


 *Must be 18-25 years old to apply.
Applications received before May 1 are eligible for scholarship consideration.


Are you interested in our conference but couldn’t make the full four-day immersion work out? Below are three options that might give you an opportunity to participate after all!

1. Full Non-Resident Pass $200
Did you want to commit to the full range of conference activities, but couldn’t stay overnight with us at Juilliard for some reason? The non-resident pass gives you access to all four days of conference activities, from 9 AM to 6 PM, including three wake up sessions, three real talk speakers, six ASTEP workshops, and more. (Housing, meals, and evening entertainments not included.)

2. Single Day Pass $125
Are you leaving town mid-week, or is there one day of conference programming you especially want to take advantage of? A day pass grants you access to all conference activities from 10 AM to 6 PM, and includes all guest artist workshops, real talk sessions, ASTEP workshops, panel and roundtable discussions. (Housing, meals, wake up sessions, and evening entertainments not included.)

3. A La Carte Pass $35
Is there one speaker or event you’ve got your eye on in particular? Though some elements of the conference will remain exclusive to fellows and/or holders of day passes, several of our workshops will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. These include: Real Talk Sessions, the Artist Roundtable on June 3rd, the Citizenship Panel Discussion on June 4th, and several others.

Please contact Davinia Troughton, davinia@asteponline.org with your inquiries and interest. Just tell her who you are and which pass you’re interested in, and she’ll be happy to register you and arrange payment accordingly.