sandspointThe work of photographers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, poets and writers deals with many of the same challenges that keep policy makers up at night. In recent years diverse coalitions at the nexus of the arts and policy worlds have driven unprecedented investments and harnessed new platforms and technologies with the power to transform communities, spark innovation and economic empowerment, and strengthen human rights.

Cultural diplomacy is morphing before our eyes, extending beyond its traditional bounds into the space of humanitarian action and social movements. How can public policy harness fertile cross-sector collaboration and the excitement of disruptive technologies and translate these benefits across geographic and class boundaries? How can it empower rather than constrain or replace social movements? How can we tear down the remaining walls between government, business, and civil society in order to support the emergence and development of new ways of seeing, making, and doing on the global stage?

Today’s program brings together artists, policy makers, philanthropists, diplomats, cultural organizations, business, and thought leaders to explore the power and potential of arts-policy collaborations.

Keynote Address by Mary Ann DeVlieg 
Secretary General Emeritus, IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
Senior Strategy Advisor, freeDimensional

Response by Aimee Fullman 
Meaningful Engagement, International

Panel I

Simona-Mirela Miculescu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations

Anita Durst
Founder and Artistic Director, Chashama

Emad Salem
Deputy Director for International Programs, Battery Dance Company

Discussant: Rich Blint, Associate Director, Office of Community Outreach and Education, School of the Arts, Columbia University

Panel II

Anna Smith
Director of Cultural Exchange Programs, International Arts & Artists

Adam Horowitz
Co-Executive Director, Bowery Arts + Science;
 Barn-raiser, United States Department of Arts and Culture

Mahnaz Fancy
Executive Director, ArteEast

Discussant: Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Events, Queens Museum of Art

With Master of Ceremonies:

Todd Lester, World Policy Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the  Arts and Policy Incubator, which facilitates collaboration among artists whose work addresses social challenges and policy thought leaders seeking creative ways to reach hearts and minds–and, in turn, hands and feet.


Schedule of events

11:45am –  Arrival & Registration

Noon to 1pm – Lunch

1pm – Keynote Address

1:20pm – Panel 1

2:30 pm to 3:00pm – Break 

3:00pm – Panel 2

4:30 to 5:30 – Networking Reception

 {Read the full invite here}