Calling the Artist in You!

Conferences are a great opportunity for those practicing and supporting the Ombuds profession to exchange and empathize over shared experiences and challenges. In a field where relationships are integral, traditional podium and panel formats allow for a particular type of interaction.

“Experience: on Display” brings a new format to our participation in the annual conference. It creates an immersive platform for participants to relate to each other in new physical, visual, and experiential ways.

What is it?

“Experience: on Display” is an exhibit of art created by you, the conference participants. This co-created experience will help engage conference goers to network and reflect in deeper ways than customary formats.

We need you…your experience, your creativity, and your art.

This year:

From the time leading up to the 2020 IOA Annual Conference to the time of the 2021 IOA Annual Conference, we have seen a much different world – including in our Ombuds work and our work as conflict resolution professionals. For this year’s exhibition we welcome you to complete a representation of what this year of Ombudsing and working has been like for you. You can use any medium that speaks most to you, painting, film, photography, sculpture, writing you name it. Submissions will be displayed as part of a pop-up online gallery, available for viewers to explore throughout the days of the conference. During the conference, we will have a time when all conference attendees can join us for an interactive, in the moment, group art project followed bt an artist’s gallery talk and Q & A. By the end of the session the new piece of group art will also be displayed in the pop-up art gallery.

Here is how to participate:

1. What is a feeling or experience you’ve had related to this work?

Think about a part of your experience in, aspiring to, or supporting the ombuds role - this is for practicing ombuds, retired ombuds, aspiring ombuds, ombuds supporters, conflict management professionals and you! What is a feeling or experience you’ve had related to this work? How has this year been?

2. Express this experience.

How might you express this experience? Here is a non-exhaustive list of mediums you can choose from:

a. Painting, drawing, printmaking
b. Ceramics
c. Music or sound
d. Film or video art
e. Graphic narrative
f. Literature
g. Performance
h. Photography
i. Sculpture
j. Textile or crafts
k. Computer art
l. Conceptual art

3. Recommended submission date: March 1st, 2021

Complete this “Submission for Art Form” by selecting "next" below. (

(Final date for submission is March 8th, 2021)

Remember… have fun and create!

After you submit your information, Teresa Ralicki will be in touch with any questions and to confirm your participation.

If you have any problems or questions please contact: Teresa Ralicki, or Adam Barak Kleinberger,

Note: This is not sponsored by IOA.
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