Culture » Overview

exploring the transformative power of the arts – building bridges across cultures – supporting young cultural innovators

The Salzburg Global Seminar’s Culture and the Arts Program focuses on the transformative power of the arts, facilitates cultural exchange at multiple levels, and provides capacity-building opportunities through the annual Young Cultural Innovators Forum. Through multi-year projects and strategic convenings, the Culture and Arts Program seeks to secure a more prominent role for the arts on policy agendas and to support the continuously evolving needs of the creative sector – as a major driver of sustainable economic development and social improvement – through the multi-year Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.

 

Sessions in 2017:

The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal 
February 7 to 12, 2017 

Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovators Forum: Regional Fellows Event
April 27 to 29, 2017

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators IV
October 14 to 19, 2017

For past sessions, click here


Report now online – Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators: Regional Fellow Event
Report now online – Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators: Regional Fellow Event
Aceel Kibbi 
The report of the Salzburg Global session Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators: Regional Fellow Event is now available online to read, download and share. In its first major regional meeting, the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum) that was held on April 27 to 29 in Detroit, Michigan brought together 16 fellows from the YCI city hubs in Memphis, Detroit and New Orleans. For two days, fellows explored urban transformation, creative placemaking and storytelling in intensive discussions, workshops and peer-to-peer learning. The YCI forum is a ten-year project that aims to foster creative innovation and entrepreneurship with the intention of advancing economic and urban development worldwide, while supporting innovators in gaining leverage on important social issues within their local communities. Generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, the session recognized the importance of language and emphasis in communicating multi-faceted projects, defining challenges addressed by one’s work, and articulating what one hopes to gain for an exchange with a funder or policymaker.
Download as a PDF (lo-res) The Salzburg Global session Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators: Regional Fellows Event is part of Salzburg Global’s long-running Culture and the Arts series. More information on the session can be found here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/577 
READ MORE...
Report now online - The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal
Report now online - The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal
Aceel Kibbi 
The report of the Salzburg Global session The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal is now available online to read, download and share. The 2017 session, which is part of Salzburg Global Seminar’s long-running series on Culture, Arts and Society, was held from February 7 to 12. Hailing from 21 countries, the 49 Fellows included creative entrepreneurs, artists, politicians, law enforcement officials, environmentalists, social scientists, media analysts, and cultural and community leaders. The session tackled the polarizing challenges that art and the cultural sector face. Participants were invited to explore creative ways in which they can inspire and strengthen their communities and societies at large to courageously respond to sources of violence and disruption. Fellows concluded the session by highlighting the importance of the involvement of arts organizations and artists in multi-sectoral discussions and policy developments in order to find solutions for global challenges that plague our world today. The session report, written by rapporteur Margaux Portron, summarizes the topics discussed and the several themes that were examined, including refugees, migration and integration; indigenous communities; climate resilience; urban upheaval; social injustice; post-conflict settings, reconciliation and renewal; and cultural heritage and resilience.
Download as a PDF (lo-res) The Salzburg Global session The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal is part of Salzburg Global’s long-running Culture and the Arts series. More information on the session can be found here: http://www.salzburgglobal.org/go/573
READ MORE...
Salzburg Global Fellow Ben Folds improvises live piece of music with National Symphony Orchestra
Salzburg Global Fellow Ben Folds improvises live piece of music with National Symphony Orchestra
Oscar Tollast 
Salzburg Global Fellow Ben Folds has created a buzz on social media after improvising a live piece of music while on stage with the National Symphony Orchestra. Folds, an acclaimed singer-songwriter and record producer, performed the piece during #SoundHealth in Concert: Music and the Mind, held at The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.  At the time of writing, a clip of the performance has received more than eight million views on Facebook and has been shared more than 96,000 times.  Before attempting the challenge, Folds was introduced on stage by Dr. Charles Limb, another Salzburg Global Fellow. In the segment, Dr. Limb, a renowned surgeon, neuroscientist, and musician, asks the audience for a key, tempo, and "interesting sentence" for Folds to work with. Once these ingredients are noted down, Folds takes just 10 minutes to improvise a new piece of music with the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edwin Outwater. Both Folds and Dr. Limb attended Salzburg Global in 2015 for Session 547 - The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation? Folds was a participant while Dr. Limb co-chaired the session. The session brought together an inspiring and unusual mix of 50 artists, scientists, physicians, psychologists, sociologists - and more - to explore the field of neurology of art and to create a collaborative international platform to identify and address emerging issues at the creative intersection of neuroscience and art. Watch Folds' performance below.  
READ MORE...
Salzburg Global Fellow to take part in Dara film screening and panel discussion
Salzburg Global Fellow to take part in Dara film screening and panel discussion
Oscar Tollast 
Salzburg Global Fellow Anwar Akhtar will take part in a panel discussion and Q&A following a screening of the highly applauded Dara later this week. The play, adapted from work by Ajoka Theatre, is a portrayal of the seventeenth century Moghul Royals the Shah Jahan family and addresses debates surrounding religious freedom and practice. Dara was the first Pakistani play to be chosen and adapted by the UK's National Theatre in London. This came to fruition after Akhtar brought a CD of Dara to the theater's attention. On Friday, May 5, a free film screening of the play will take place in Oxford at All Souls College, The Old Library, starting at 6 pm.  Akhtar, having played a key role in Dara's creative team, will take part in a panel discussion and audience Q&A after the screening.Akhtar, director of The Samosa and production consultant to the National Theatre and Ajoka Theatre, is a multi-time Salzburg Global Fellow, and most recently a participant at the December 2016 session, Promoting Pluralism and Countering Extremism. Prior to this, Akhtar also helped facilitate working groups at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators both in 2014 and 2015, where he premiered the filmed recording of the critically acclaimed play.  The play was praised for its ability to "reach people that political debate cannot" with the central trial scene especially applauded. It created much public debate on culture, history and religious tolerance.  This Friday, in addition to the screening of the play, Akhtar will take part in a discussion with Polly O’Hanlon, Professor of Indian History and Culture at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University. This discussion will be moderated by Salzburg Global senior advisor Edward Mortimer, author of Faith and Power: the Politics of Islam, and former Director of Communications for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.To book a ticket for this event, please visit http://form.jotformeu.com/Events_All_Souls/DaraScreeningOxford5MayEntrance is on a first come first serve basis. You must register for the event and arrive at 5.40pm to be seated. The screening will begin at 6 pm. Latecomers may not be able to enter if capacity is reached.
READ MORE...
Chadi Bahouth - “It is very hard to stand your ground inside a newsroom where you are the only person coming from an ethnic minority in a big group of middle-class, white people”
Chadi Bahouth - “It is very hard to stand your ground inside a newsroom where you are the only person coming from an ethnic minority in a big group of middle-class, white people”
Andrea Abellan 
Over the past couple of years, countries in Europe have been coming to terms with a rising increase in the number of migrants and refugees crossing borders. As the fourth estate, the media plays an important role keeping the public informed on the issues which arise out of this influx of people. Some news coverage has drawn criticism however for being limited and portraying one side of the story. Chadi Bahouth, a German journalist with Palestinian-Lebanese roots, advocates for the importance of diversity in the newsroom and for the media's role in facilitating integration and social inclusion of ethnic minorities. Bahouth spoke to Salzburg Global while he was a participant at Session 573 The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal. AA: You are a member of the New German Media-makers (Neuen deutschen Medienmacher – NDM), an organization that aims to promote diversity and inclusion in German newsrooms. What projects do you carry out as part of the NDM? Ethnic minorities are still very marginalized in German media. At Neue deutsche Medienmacher (NdM) we try to raise awareness about this situation and lobby for greater diversity within the profession. This is our main ambition but we are currently working in other projects, too. One of them, called Vielfaltfinder, which translate as “Diversity Finder,” consists of a database of journalists and institutions who are looking for interview partners or panelists for different purposes. The members included in this database have a huge expertise and they all come from ethnic minorities.We also run a mentoring program for refugee journalists. These professionals frequently come from countries with very high levels of repression where media freedom is not understood as in Europe. For this reason, we first explain them how things work – or should work – in Germany. We introduce them to our political and media system. It can feel like going back to school and relearning what for us should be the principles of “good journalism.” Unfortunately, these values frequently remain only ideals, and when they start to look closer at what the German media are doing, they realize that things do not always function as they should. We seek to reinforce their critical voices. AA: What do you think is the influence of the media on the rise of populist movements in Europe? CB: In my opinion, the media have a high-level of responsibility on the rise of votes that rightwing populist movements are reaching. These groups are receiving larger visibility, which obviously increases their popularity. For instance, in Germany there have been many demonstrations against the trade deal between Europe and the US – TTIP – but they have been barely covered by mainstream media. In contrast, the actions carried out by of the highly racist PEGIDA group are constantly in the spotlight.Apart from this, I fear that media editors are increasingly adapting the language used by the rightwing populist parties. They both tend to oversimplify complex issues by asking very dangerous questions such as the common “Is Islam dangerous?” What would happen if we exchange Islam by other terms such as Jews or Judaism? It would be breathtaking and unimaginable; I don’t think anybody would dare to ask that. Some Jewish activists keep saying that Islam is the new Judaism and, in a certain way, I agree. The stereotypization and discrimination that happened in the past seems to be repeated nowadays. AA: What do you think that could be done to improve media coverage of minorities? CB: I totally believe in the main goal of our organization: bringing more diversity. It is very hard to stand your ground inside a newsroom where you are the only person coming from an ethnic minority within a big group of middle-class, white people. It is extremely complicated to manage to have your point of view represented under these circumstances.I talk from my own experience as a German journalist with a Palestinian-Lebanese background. I have been asked so many times to cover Islamic related subjects just because of my origins. Furthermore, I am Christian and all I know about Islam is because I have studied about it by myself. In general, I think that there is a lack of empathy and knowledge that ends up generating this type of situations. AA: Have you seen this situation become worse through the increasing use of social media channels as a medium to get information? CB: Definitely. A couple of years ago, people would not write discriminatory, racist comments using their real names, at least they would feel like they had to “hide” under an avatar or a nickname as what they were saying felt wrong. However, nowadays these attitudes seem to be that fully accepted that users feel it is their right to write and share anything.The NdM is involved in a movement called “No Hate Speech” With it, we aim to report the questionable attitudes enhanced by social media that contradictorily have become a platform for very unsocial behaviors. AA: During one of the talks you mentioned that “arts are not enough” to solve the problems that were discussed at The Art of Resilience session, namely climate change and cultural integration. Do you have any ideas on how other fields and actions should be integrated? CB: I do believe in the strong potential that the arts can have, but I think this strength can be increased with a strong companion nearby. This could be translated into having artists working together with psychologists, policy maker or activists, for instance. Art is just one of the multiple factors needed to make real changes happen. The Salzburg Global program The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage, and Renewal was part of the multi-year Culture, Arts and Society series. The session was supported by the Edward T. Cone Foundation. More information on the session can be found here: http://www.salzburgglobal.org/calendar/2010-2019/2017/session-573.html
READ MORE...
Inés Sanguinetti -“We should redesign past models of learning”
Inés Sanguinetti -“We should redesign past models of learning”
Andrea Abellan 
The arts have a powerful role to play in enriching education, explained Argentinian dancer-cum-educator Inés Sanguinetti when attending the recent Salzburg Global Seminar program The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal. Sanguinetti made the switch from dancer to educator through Crear Vale la Pena (“Creating is Worth It”), an association that aims to put arts at the core of the learning process. Sanguinetti believes students today are all too often educated in the opposite of bonding, making them isolated and constrained by too many prejudices and too little empathy – and the arts can help change this. Through Art, Wellbeing and Creativity, one of the projects developed by Crear Vale la Pena, Sanguinetti and her team are trying to change this situation.  “We try to develop a kind of new laboratory of teaching and learning between schools and communities,” she explains.  Through the project, “social actors” and “creative agents” – typically community artists coming from a variety of different backgrounds including visual arts, dance, music, and even technology – are brought into schools where they help teachers design their classes. The methodology is based on involving arts in the curriculum and encouraging dialogue between artists, teachers, and the community. Sanguinetti compares this project with what used to occur in Ancient Greece, when going to the gymnasium was routine for students looking to train their body and mind. At that time, exercising was not viewed that far away from other subjects, namely philosophy and poetry. “Now we are taught that everything must be clearly differentiated,” she laments. “I do enjoy mixing different styles even in my choreography, ranging from martial arts to rugby or tango. I trust the power of moving together minds and bodies to explain any kind of topic and this can be very helpful to learn about new subjects,” she explains. Sanguinetti is not a supporter of the education system still being followed in some areas. In her view, traditional teaching methods are not capable of satisfying the needs of the students anymore.  “I see traditional schools as a dying institution. We should redesign past models of learning and teach the students the skills they actually need to survive to the 21st Century.”  Research conducted by the University of San Andrés based in Buenos Aires together with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has reinforced Sanguinetti’s program. The increase in the students’ motivation, the improvement in the coexistence inside the classroom, and the positive attitude of the community towards the arts as a suitable form of learning and not only as an entertainment were all highlighted as positive outcomes from her programs.  Sanguinetti is now exchanging experiences and collaborating with other associations. These are based in different countries, namely Colombia and Chile. Soon she will start cooperating with organizations outside of Latin America, such as in Germany, where similar programs are being carried out. In her home country of Argentina, Crear Vale la Pena will start receiving support from the government. Thanks to this, the number of schools and associations implementing the program will grow from 20 to more than 150.  Through her experience in Salzburg, Sanguinetti had the opportunity to learn about similar projects conducted in Morocco and Cambodia, presented by Salzburg Global Fellows Karima Kadaoui, co-founder of Tamkeen (“Empowerment”) Community Foundation for Human Development, and Bun Rith Suon, manager of the culture and arts education project at Cambodian Living Arts, respectively. Sanguinetti expects to be able to start working with them too in the near future.  “We are already planning our next meeting to keep working on what arts can do for resilience. We are looking forward to keep exchanging ideas and collaborating between us.”
READ MORE...
Dawn Casey – “Museums usually talk about dead things... Contemporary issues should also fit in these spaces”
Dawn Casey – “Museums usually talk about dead things... Contemporary issues should also fit in these spaces”
Andrea Abellan 
Dawn Casey, currently the chief operating officer for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), has a solid background across multiple sectors. However, it is her experience within the arts that is especially remarkable. She has been in charge of the direction of three of the largest Australian museums: The National Museum of Australia, Western Australia Museum and the Powerhouse Museum. Unquestionably, one of her bigger achievements has been her contribution to what she calls the “democratization of museums.” Or, in other words, her assistance to “make the arts and museums more stimulating and accessible to bigger audiences.” Raised in Cairns, Australia, Casey comes from the Tagalaka clan. As she explains, her personal experience and professional background has been determined because of her indigenous and female identity. She was denied access to education. “I always wanted to study French but it was not possible for indigenous people to take that course. Also, my parents would have never allowed me to do it,” she remembers. Casey’s story is a tale of hard work and overcoming obstacles. Her persistence had a clear intention. “I know what been discriminated means. My own experience showed me how unfair and wrong the system was.” Being a woman made things even more complicated. “Sometimes I didn’t even have the opportunity to be interviewed,” Casey recognizes. Despite these difficulties, she has not allowed them to stop her having a successful career. Her career and contributions have been acknowledged with a number of awards, such as three Commonwealth Public Service Australia Day Medals. She describes her current role with NACCHO as “going back to her roots” after many years working for the museum sector. At NACCHO she looks at health care policies seeking to promote health for Aboriginal communities. “Indigenous people are much more affected by chronic diseases because of their genetics so we try to help them and improve their situation,” she explains. Remarkably for someone who has worked with so many of Australia’s leading museums, Casey admits that she only stepped into a museum for the first time when she was 30. “It was quite a boring experience,” she admits, but this experience convinced her of the power that these institutions could have to act as effective communicative tools able to make communities understand both their pasts and presents. “Museums usually talk about dead things, explorers and settlers,” says Casey. “They are the place to showcase very well-researched materials that make us aware of our history. These are extremely relevant. But I think that contemporary issues – that can be more accessible and interesting to everyone – should also fit in these spaces,” she adds. Casey has thus worked very hard to this end. While working as a director at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney she helped to organize Muslim cultural exhibitions aiming to attract people from diverse communities to come together, techno-nights looking to engage younger generations, and even Harry Potter exhibitions seeking to capture the attention of children. “I think it is a matter of combining very in-depth researched topics with lighter subjects that can arrive to other types of audiences,” she explains. Casey’s work towards integration does not stop here. She has always followed a strategy to involve professionals from different origins into her teams. “I always wanted to be sure that our job vacancies were advertised on those media easy to access by migrant and indigenous communities.” This is how she has managed to develop greatly multicultural teams. At the Salzburg Global Seminar session in February 2017, The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage, and Renewal, Casey helped to link the challenges affecting indigenous communities with other current issues such as the difficulties that refugees all over the world are facing. “They might look as opposite problems. But in my opinion they are both issues saying a lot about the nature of a country. In both situations, either when we stop a boat and do not allow people to enter our country, or when we do not recognize the rights of certain groups of people in their own land, we are disrespectful with human beings and this says a lot about the nature of a nation,” she states. This was the second time that Casey attended a session at Salzburg Global Seminar. She was a previously a participant in 2011 at the session Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture. She fondly remembers that the session was “a great opportunity to share and exchange ideas – something that does not happen frequently when you are a museum director and it is always you who is supposed to sell things to others. This is one of the reasons why I appreciate being part of this open space again to enjoy the dialogue and be able to exchange ideas.”
READ MORE...
Displaying results ###SPAN_BEGIN###%s to %s out of ###SPAN_BEGIN###%s
<< First < Previous 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-28 29-35 36-42 43-49 Next > Last >>

VOICES FROM YOUNG CULTURAL LEADERS

How should cultural institutions approach the creation and articulation of value?
Albino Jopela, archaelogist and lecturer at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique suggests that considering the values of all of the stakeholders in a community will help ensure relevance and sustainability.


Why is it important for arts leaders to engage in cross-cultural conversations?
Jimena Lara Estrada, program coordinator for the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, talks about connecting with other leaders and the hope that it instills.

How do you articulate value of arts in a society where it is largely seen as a commodity?
Eyad Houssami, founding director of Masrah Ensemble in Lebanon, talks about the challenges of making a case for the arts in a society where the concept of public value is very limited.

What role should orchestras play in their communities?
Mark Gillespie, general and artistic manager of Orchestra of the Americas and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders Fellow, suggests that orchestras should connect with youth at a very early age so that musicians grow out of the community.