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Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders 27 Oct - 01 Nov, 2012
IMAGINATIONSalzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders27 Oct - 01 Nov, 2012

    Summary

    The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders brought together forty-seven dynamic young cultural leaders from thirty-seven countries around the globe for an intensive leadership development program at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria. The Salzburg Global Seminar and National Arts Strategies partnered on this session in November 2012 to provide a unique learning opportunity for “next generation” cultural leaders from Argentina to Zambia and to strengthen the cultural sector worldwide.

    The session in Salzburg included a series of plenary sessions, facilitated break-out groups, and praxis-oriented training sessions in critical leadership skills, as well as informal networking time.  The plenary sessions focused on the following themes: The Role of Arts Organizations in Society and their Place in the Community; The Creation and the Communication of Value; and “Glocal” - What is Global and What is Local in Today’s World?  The training sessions provided skill development in these critical areas: Change Management; Innovation, and Team Building and Communication.

    The participants included a theater festival director from Chile, a creative producer from Australia, a dance company director from Ireland, a cultural heritage specialist from Mozambique, a music manager from Hong Kong, and forty-two other young cultural change-makers from around the world.  Responding to questions in a post-session survey, 100% of the participants rated their overall seminar experience as outstanding (81%) or good (19%); 82% stated they had acquired valuable new skills as a result of their participation in the program, and 92% felt that the networking opportunities had been good to outstanding.

    Post-session survey responses to the program were extremely enthusiastic, describing the Salzburg experience as “a genuinely global conversation and a rare opportunity,”  “exceeding every one of my expectations,” “transformational,” “not competitive, but collaborative,” providing  ”short and long-term takeaways,” and, in a word,  “thrilling.” 

    The Session Report, interviews with participants, and resources from the session can be found below.

    The Salzburg Global Seminar is grateful to the Edward T. Cone Foundation for its generous support of Session 498.


    Additional Support was provided by- Fondation Adelman pour l’Education - Japan Foundation - United States Embassy to the Slovak Republic

    The Salzburg Global Seminar would like to thank the National Arts Strategies staff, the session co-chairs and panelists for donating their time and expertise to this collaborative project. The Seminar gratefully acknowledges the assistance of all participants, whose diverse experience and ideas informed the session and the report.

    For More Information Contact:
    Salzburg Global Seminar
    Susanna Seidl-Fox
    Program Director, Culture and the Arts
    sfox@salzburgglobal.org

    Co-Chairs

    CO-CHAIR
    Mulenga Kapwepwe
    Chairperson, National Arts Council, Lusaka, Zambia
    CO-CHAIR
    Russell Willis Taylor
    President and CEO, National Arts Strategies, Alexandria, Virginia, United States

    Faculty

    FACULTY
    Horst Abraham
    Faculty Partner, Center for Executive Development, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
    FACULTY
    Serhan Ada
    Arts and Cultural Management Professor, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
    FACULTY
    Gail Crider
    Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Arts Strategies, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
    FACULTY
    J. Mikel Ellcessor
    General Manager, WDET Public Radio, Detroit, Michigan, United States
    FACULTY
    Fielding Grasty
    Director, Programs, National Arts Strategies, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
    FACULTY
    Yudhishthir Raj Isar
    Professor of Cultural Policy Studies, The American University of Paris, France; Eminent Research Visitor, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Syndey, NSW, Australia
    FACULTY
    Patrick McIntyre
    Executive Director, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney, Australia
    FACULTY
    Tisa Ho
    Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China
    FACULTY
    Deirdre Prins-Solani
    Heritage & Education Consultant, South Africa; former Director, Center for Heritage Development in Africa, Mombasa, Kenya
    FACULTY
    Diane Ragsdale
    Doctoral Candidate, Erasmus University, USA
    FACULTY
    Theresa Remick
    Communications Manager, National Arts Strategies, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
    FACULTY
    Surry Scheerer
    Smart Leadership Consultant, Coach, and Trainer; Executive Coach, University of Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Education; Lecturer, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
    FACULTY
    Dallas Shelby
    Director of Communications, National Arts Strategies, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
    FACULTY
    Gary Vikan
    former Director, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    FACULTY
    Eduardo Vilaro
    Artistic Director, Ballet Hispanico, New York, New York, United States
    FACULTY
    Sunny Widmann
    Program Manager, National Arts Strategies, Alexandria, Virginia, United States

    Downloads

    Session Report

    Click here to download the print version (pdf)

    Click here to view the online version

    Session Summary

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    List of Participants

    Click here for the complete list of participants

    Session Document
    Holding Up the ArtsDiane Ragsdale, Lecturer and Ph.D. student, Faculty of History and Arts, Erasmus University, Netherlands

    Related Internet URLs

    Field Notes
    Observations & Insights from National Arts Strategies

    Testimonials

    “I will use the knowledge gained to nurture the capabilities of my institution to better respond to the challenges in terms of the training of future professionals in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage in Mozambique. I would also like to use what I learnt to make my work more relevant to society by contributing in cultural development in Mozambique. The network developed out of my participation in this session will be important in establishing collaborative initiatives to address some of the common challenges in the cultural sector.”
    Albino Jopela, Lecturer, Archeology Program, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique


    “The 2012 Salzburg Global Seminar Young Cultural Leaders session was a transformative experience for me — a before and after. I am shaken, still unsure of what will settle from the new thoughts, perspectives and peers I've discovered.  It is difficult to know what all I'll bring back to my workplace and life as a result of this experience, but it isn't difficult to say that it has altered me to my core. This experience has pushed me to imagine my future and impact in a broader, more global sense.  To listen so that I do not miss out.  To trust. To be more daring and thoughtful and provocative.  To find grit.  To grow from it. Salzburg Global Seminar was the most satisfying educative experience I've ever had. It has raised the bar for all others I will experience.“
    Beck Tench, Director for Innovation, Museum of Life and Science, Durham,  North Carolina, United States


    “The week I spent in Salzburg for the Young Cultural Leader Forum is definitely a lifetime experience. I am especially thankful for having the chance to listen to panelists from different areas sharing their experiences and views, which indeed enriched my understanding of the cultural sector in an international sense. Meeting with all the brilliant fellows is so precious not only because of the exchange of ideas and experiences, but also the friendship and passion we shared during this time. It will become a source of energy to keep up my work for arts and culture, and I am going to share the skills as well as the energy with my colleagues in my workplace and local cultural circle.“
    Yolanda Ngai Chi Yin, Assistant Manager, Chinese Opera Festival, Hong Kong SAR, People’s Republic of China

    “The possibility of engaging with such a diverse group of highly committed young cultural managers and mentors provided a unique environment that fostered some of the most meaningful insights I have had in the professional realm. The Seminar provided a priceless opportunity to reflect on the different value systems that we are engaging with when creating public policy or arts programming for a given community, and on how to provide a flexible environment for all the stakeholders in it to be able to engage in—and benefit from—the  production of value. The lectures allowed me to reflect on the complexity of our work, while the small group work provided invaluable feedback to develop the practical skills required to deliver results both in global and local scales. I can sincerely say that being a participant at the Young Cultural Leaders forum was a life-changing experience.”
    Jimena Lara Estrada, Program Coordinator, Mexican Cultural Institute, New York, New York, United States

     

    “The session clarified many aspects I needed to engage in my organization as well as other personal skills that I can invest while being a young cultural leader. Though my organization is still young, the session enlightened various thoughts and ways forward for managing and self‐assessing while progressing hence avoiding unexpected and undesired obstacles.”
    Maram Na’es, Vice President, International Institute of Conservation, Zarga, Jordan 


    “I expect that in ten years time I will reflect back on my time at SGS and see it as an important milestone or perhaps even a turning point, in making me and my institution more effective and focused on real, not imagined, social impact.”
    Sebastian Chan, Director of Digital Media, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, United States

     


    “The SGS managed to bring together an amazing group of people from all over the world and this made the environment ripe for creativity and enacting change. I think the impact of those five intensive days spent in Salzburg will ripple for a generation of young cultural leaders.”
    Claire Power, Head of Institution, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland

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    PARTNERS

    VIDEOS

    Session participants were interviewed by National Arts Strategies’ director of communications, Dallas Shelby, about some of the most pressing issues facing the cultural sector today.

    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.

    How should cultural institutions approach the creation and articulation of value?

    Albino Jopela, archaelogist and lecturer at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders Fellow, 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 and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders Fellow, 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 and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders Fellow, talks about the challenges of making a case for the arts in a society where the concept of public value is very limited.

    What is the place of cultural institutions within their communities?

    Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, suggests that to be truly relevant an organization must be "in, of, for and about" its community.

    What is the role of an arts and culture leader in today's society?

    Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, suggests that arts leaders are best equipped to shape the future.

    How have the forces of globalization impacted the nature of cultural activity?

    Serhan Ada, Head of the Cultural Management Program at Istanbul Bilgi University and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, suggests that the "new normal" favors the creative.

    How do arts and culture institutions deal with issues of cultural identity?

    Yudhishthir Raj Isar, professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, talks about the responsibility that arts and culture organizations have to provide cultural translation.

    How do cultural institutions balance being global and local?

    Mikel Ellcessor, General Manager of WDET in Detroit and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, warns that social media can give us a false sense of connection. He also gives a suggestion for how to make meaningful connections in one's community.

    What are the arguments for the arts that resonate with contemporary society?

    Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director of the Sydney Theatre Company and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty member, discusses the need to talk about the arts in terms of its benefits rather than its features.

    What value does the arts create and how do we articulate it?

    Deirdre Prins-Solani, an independent heritage and cultural expert in South Africa and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty member, talks about the interaction between the sacred and public spaces and how that tension creates value.