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The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal 07 Feb - 12 Feb, 2017
IMAGINATIONThe Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal07 Feb - 12 Feb, 2017

SESSION

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    Session Overview

    Today's world is disrupted by manifold sources of shock, violence and conflict. The complexity and sheer speed of change are testing the limits of people, place and community. Increasing social inequality, accelerating urbanization, unprecedented migration flows, rapidly evolving technologies and climate-related changes are generating physical, virtual, and cultural challenges that have no precedent in recent history. To add to the complexity, these trends are playing out against a backdrop of exceptionally low trust and widening polarization in societies worldwide.

    Resilience refers to the capacity of nature and of humankind to withstand shocks and to adapt and renew dynamically in the face of adverse and potentially destructive conditions. Historically, most efforts to better understand capacities for resilience have focused on material responses, whether technological, scientific, physical, socio-political, or economic. More recently, however, the roles of culture - writ large - and the arts have become a new source of inquiry. The creative sector, as a source of unconventional thinking and innovation, opens up promising opportunities to harness civic imagination for greater cohesion and resilience. The goal of this Salzburg Global Seminar session was to identify and better understand ways in which artists, cultural workers, and creatives may inspire and strengthen capacities of individuals, communities, and our societies at large to confront the unexpected, and to respond creatively and courageously to seemingly infinite sources of shock and disruption.

    The founding of Salzburg Global Seminar seventy years ago - in the wake of the Second World War at a moment of massive global disruption - was itself a creative and courageous response to conflict. This session continues our commitment to bridge barriers in the mind and on the ground in conditions of trust and openness. Its goal is to connect path-breaking efforts to explore relationships between culture, the arts, and resilience and to identify how creative practitioners can inspire individuals and communities to confront the unexpected and define their own futures.

    Against this challenging backdrop, pioneer thinking and holistic approaches to problem-solving will be critical to navigate ever-shifting boundaries of global interdependence. Artists and cultural innovators are uniquely positioned to envision positive change and foster collaborative engagement and empowerment across sectors and scales. How can their strengths, talents and imaginative power help us re-imagine the possible and enhance the resilience of our shared planet?

    Co-Facilitators

    CO-FACILITATORS
    Maria Fernandez Sabau
    Independent Consultant, Spain
    CO-FACILITATORS
    Lyne Sneige
    Director Arts and Culture Program, Middle East Institute, Washington, DC

    Participants

    PARTICIPANTS
    Anida Yoeu Ali
    Artist, Educator, Global Agitator, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Chadi Bahouth
    Journalist, Author, Lecturer, Germany
    PARTICIPANTS
    Marina Barham
    General Director, Al-Harah Theatre, Palestinian Authority
    PARTICIPANTS
    Anna Beech
    Head, Executive Director's Office, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Nicholas Boraine
    Actor and Associate Artistic Director, Global Arts Corps, South Africa
    PARTICIPANTS
    Elizabeth Brabec
    Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Canada
    PARTICIPANTS
    Fred Branson
    Co-Director, Amantani, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Eileen Briggs
    Nation Building Portfolio Director, Bush Foundation, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Dawn Casey
    Chief Operating Officer, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Australia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Patrick Degeorges
    Foresight and Strategy for Climate Change, French Ministry of Environment, France
    PARTICIPANTS
    Mary Ann DeVlieg
    Artists at Risk Case Worker, Belgium
    PARTICIPANTS
    Severina Eggenspiller
    Evaluation Manager, Drosos Foundation, Switzerland
    PARTICIPANTS
    Catalina Escobar Bravo
    Executive Director, MAKAIA, Colombia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Yasmin Fedda
    Documentary Filmmaker, Canada
    PARTICIPANTS
    Tom Fern
    UK Strategic Communications Manager, European Climate Foundation, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Ann Fox
    Professor of English, Davidson College, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    David Garneau
    Associate Professor, Visual Arts, University of Regina, Canada
    PARTICIPANTS
    Daniel Gorman
    Executive Director, Shubbak Festival, Ireland
    PARTICIPANTS
    Charles Henry
    President, Council on Library and Information Resources, USA,
    PARTICIPANTS
    Richard Higgott
    Research Professor, Institute of European Studies, Australia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Abid Hussain
    Director of Diversity, Arts Council England, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Nike Jonah
    Director, Connecting Dots, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Katese Odile Gakire
    Playwright, Actor, Director, Rwanda
    PARTICIPANTS
    Ntarugera Gakire
    Chief Executive Officer, Select Kalaos, Rwanda
    PARTICIPANTS
    Karima Kadaoui
    Executive President, Tamkeen Community Foundation, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Francis Kuzler
    Executive Director, DecadesOut, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Beatrice Lamwaka
    Director, Arts Therapy Foundation, Uganda
    PARTICIPANTS
    Kok Heng Leun
    Artistic Director, Drama Box, and Arts-Nominated Member of Parliment, Singapore
    PARTICIPANTS
    Erwin Maas
    Artistic Director, International Society for Performing Arts, Netherlands
    PARTICIPANTS
    Virág Major
    Freelance Cultural Manager, Hungary
    PARTICIPANTS
    Rosemary Mangope
    Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council of South Africa, South Africa
    PARTICIPANTS
    Elena Mavromichali
    Program Coordinator for Community Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship, SolidarityNow, Greece
    PARTICIPANTS
    Lerisa Ansuya Naguran
    Academic and Applied Theatre Practitioner, South Africa
    PARTICIPANTS
    Nicholas Nuttall
    Director of Communications, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Aine O'Brien
    Co-Director, Counterpoints Arts, Ireland
    PARTICIPANTS
    Deniz Ova
    Director, Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Turkey
    PARTICIPANTS
    Margaux Portron
    Rapporteur, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Diane Ragsdale
    Doctoral Candidate, Erasmus University, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Shaymaa Zaatout
    Program Officer, Arts and Culture, Anna Lindh Foundation, Egypt
    PARTICIPANTS
    Clorinda Romo Gonzalez
    Director of Creative Projects, Laboratory for the City, Mexico
    PARTICIPANTS
    Alma Salem
    Independent Curator and Cultural Advisor, Lebanon
    PARTICIPANTS
    Emad Salem
    Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Battery Dance, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Ines Sanguinetti
    President, Crear Vale la Pena, Argentina,
    PARTICIPANTS
    Prairie Rose Seminole
    Program Director for American Indian Alaska Natives, Evangelical Lutheran Church, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Arijit Sengupta
    Graphic Artist, Cartoonist and Designer, India
    PARTICIPANTS
    Bunrith Suon
    Culture and Arts Education Project Manager, Cambodia Living Arts, Cambodia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Alison Tickell
    CEO, Julie's Bicycle, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Hannah Van Den Bergh
    Project Manager, Julie's Bicycle, UK
    PARTICIPANTS
    Margaret Omolola Young
    Independent Crossbench Member, House of Lords, UK Parliment, UK

    Program Format and Key Questions

    The highly interactive program combined theory, policy and practice across sectoral silos, opening up new perspectives and intensive learning opportunities. Participants explored cross-cutting questions during short plenary sessions featuring presentations and demonstrations by groundbreaking practitioners. They then worked flexibly in small groups, examining new tools and approaches for collaboration across urban design and planning, policy development, education, research, and community engagement.

    Overarching questions to kick-start open discussion included:

    • What do we mean by resilience, and how far does current research shed light on its relationship with culture and the arts? Where are the main gaps we need to address?
    • What are we learning from the ability of cultures to survive, adapt, and renew themselves, especially in post-conflict settings?
    • What happens to culture as a result of disruption or conflict?
    • Can we apply these insights to better manage complex challenges and trends in the 21st century
    • Can the arts act as an early-warning system to help “future-proof” our societies?

    The session then examined relationships between culture, the arts, and resilience through the lens of problem-solving at different scales. In line with Salzburg Global’s strategic vision, participants focused on:

    Human Transformation: Discussions examined how the arts and creative endeavor can contribute to resilience and renewal at the personal level, including enhancement of treatments and therapies of trauma, mental illnesses, and psychological disorders leading to violent behavior. Recent neuroscientific research and innovative social, health, and juvenile justice policy initiatives and case-studies informed the discussions.

    Urban Transformation: As the world moves towards 75% urbanization, cities are widely recognized as playing a pivotal role in advancing strategies for resilience. Discussions will focus on how culture and the arts can expand the capacity of cities, urban leaders and citizens to anticipate and collaborate on key trends and risks. Which cities have already embraced the efforts of artists and the creative sector in their resilience planning, and how might more mayors and community leaders follow suit? What evidence is available on the impact of human-centered design upon community cohesion, health and wellbeing? What best practices in urban planning and public space have emerged and how can they be replicated or adapted elsewhere?

    Conflict Transformation: Arts and culture are increasingly understood to play a promising role in peace-building and reconciliation for conflict and post-conflict settings, although most initiatives remain fragmented and rarely broach issues of region-building and fostering regional community. As pressures on human security rise around the world, discussions will center around issues of displacement, migration, destruction of cultural heritage and community cohesion. The particular needs for resilience among indigenous populations and refugees will be given special consideration, including issues of belonging, multiple identities, allegiance, language, and of cultural fabric and expression.

    Program Goals and Outcomes

    • Raise awareness of the unique and still-untapped potential of the arts to enhance resilience across sectors and scales and to increase the effectiveness of existing resilience initiatives.
    • Generate dialogue and new forms of networking and collaboration between cultural activators and representatives of other sectors working on resilience, including policymakers, NGOs, scholars, and the media.
    • Inspire, catalyze and sustain creative and unorthodox projects and practical alliances at the nexus of the arts, culture, and resilience over the next five years, engaging the broader Salzburg Global Fellowship to help take the most innovative actions to scale.
    • Share learning and new ideas from the session with a broad international group of stakeholders through blogs, newsletters, and substantive reporting.

    Session Newsletters

    Days 1 & 2

    Days 3 & 4

    Session Photos


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    Resource List

    ACAPS (Assessment Capacities Project). Special Reports: Greece.

     “Art Action for Climate Action: International Conference Fires Up Partnership Between Cities and Artists”.  n.p. UN Climate Change News Room. Web. 9 Feb. 2017.

    Ainsworth, Peroline, and Kiran Nihalani. “Five ways to build solidarity across our differences.” Transformation, 16 January 2017. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    “Immunity to Change: An Exploration in Self Awareness” Allen, Scott J. n.p. n.d. Print.

    Apffel-Marglin, Frederique with PRATEC, ed. The Spirit of Regeneration: Andean Culture Confronting Western Notions of Development. London: Zed Books, 1998. Print.

    Appignanesi, Richard. ed. Beyond Cultural Diversity: The Case for Creativity. London: Third Text, 2011. Web. 1 Feb 2017.

    Arts Council England. Create 1. 2014. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Bartatilas, Loukas. “Kypseli: Researching and mapping of the neighbourhood.” NEON, 2015. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Bartlett, Ken. ed. Animated: The Community Dance Magazine, 2013 Web. 2 Feb. 2017.  

    Basaninyenzi, Uwimana. “From Kigali to Kabul: The Role of Art in Post-Conflict Reconciliation.” The World Bank, 2012. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. London: Penguin, 1972. Print.

    Bird, Clara.“The Art of Resilience: How Current developments in the environmental art world can better inform and improve natural resource management". Stockholm University. 2007.

    Blasim, Hassan. A Refugee in the Paradise that is Europe. Trans. Jonathan Wright. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Bohme, Kai, et al. “Looking ahead: Preparing the Baltic Sea Region for the future.” n.p. 2016. Print.

    Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1979. Print.

    “Community Project | Aigaleon Walk: Getting to know Aigaleo City ” NEON, 2014. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    “Community Project | Kypseli | The Ring” NEON & Radio Athenes, 2016. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Cooley, Jessica, and Ann Fox. RE/FORMATIONS: Disability, Women, and Sculpture. Davidson College, 2009. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Coutu, Diane. “How Resilience Works.” Harvard Business Review, 2002. Web 6 Feb. 2017.

    “Crear Vale La Pena” Fundacion Crear Vale La Pena. n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Understanding the value of arts & culture: The AHRC Cultural Value Project. Crossick, Geoffrey, and Patrycja Kaszynska. Swindon: Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2016. Print. 

    “Cultural Diplomacy Toolkit.” Battery Dance Company International. n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    “Culture after Conflict: rethinking the role of art and culture in post-conflict contexts.” Littoral, n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2017. 

    “Deadline 2020 – How Cities Will Meet the Paris Agreement.” C40 Cities and ARUP, n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    DeVlieg, Mary Ann. “Analyzing the Art of Resistance.” World Policy Blog, 9 July 2016. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    “Diversity” Arts Council England. n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    “Equality, Diversity & the Creative Case: A Data Report, 2012-2015” Arts Council England, 2015. Web. 1 Feb 2017.

    Fedda, Yasmin. Gorman, Daniel, and Tory Davidson. “Creation and Displacement: Developing new narratives around migration.” IETM: Mapping (2016). Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Fox, Ann. et al. Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS. Davidson College, 2014.

    Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie. “Looking Away, Staring Back.” Staring: The Way We Look. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.

    Gorman, Daniel. “The Art of Disobedience: Arts and Politics.” IETM: Fresh Perspectives 3 (2015). Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Henry, Charles. “Digital Libraries and Social Justice.” Council on Library and Information Resources, 2016. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Jonah, Nike. Maas, Erwin and Peach, Ricardo. Presentation. 2017."Pan-African Creative Exchange: An Interdisciplinary (Performing Arts Provocation."

    Keidan, Lois, and CJ Mitchell. Eds. Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability. London: Live Art Development Agency, 2012. Print

    Kokache, Mokhtar. “Creation out of Crisis, A Historic Moment to Leverage Arts and Culture’s Contribution to Social Change in the Arab Region.” Centre for Culture and Development, 10 Nov. 2015. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    “MENA-rapport: Kunst og kultur skaber engagement og social forandring.” Centre for Culture and Development, n.d. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Miranda, Mario. ed. “Mapping Mapusa Market: Exploring the Histories, Mysteries and Peculiarities of Mapusa Market.” Wordpress. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Moore, Jina. “In the ‘Book Of Life,’ Rwandans Write Letters To The Dead.” Buzzfeed, Apr. 2014. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Nwachukwu, Tony and Mark Robinson. “The Role of Diversity in building adaptive resilience.” Arts Council England. (2011) Web. 1 Feb 2017.

    Pleasant, Amy. “Artists as Activists: Pursing Social Justice.” The Huffington Post, 2016. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Ramon, Marta. “Integration of Immigrants into Cities through Culture: The Case of Barcelona.” Quaderns de la Mediterrania 12, 2012. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Rathwell, Kaitlyn J. and Derek Armitage. “Art and Artistic Processes bridge knowledge systems about social-ecological change: An empirical examination with Inuit artists from Nunavut, Canada.” Ecology and Society, vol. 21, no. 2, 2016. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.  

    REAP & SOW”, Lumen Station #3. Lumen Foundation. Web. 24 Apr. 2015.

    Refugee Integration.” Battery Dance. n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Satloff, Robert. “Winning over Arabs, One Dancer at a Time.” The Battle of Ideas in the War on Terror: Essays on U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Middle East. Washington, DC: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2004. Web. 2 Feb. 2107.

    Sidford, Holly. And Alexis Frasz. “Beyond Green: The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability.” Salzburg Global Seminar. 2016. Print.

    Siebers, Tobin. “Introducing Disability Aesthetics.” Disability Aesthetics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2010. Print. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    The Art of Resilience, the Resilience of Art,” n.p. 2013. Web. 3 Feb. 2017.

    The Creative Case for Diversity: Innovation and excellence in the arts” Arts Council England. n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2017.

    Tsegaye, Salem. et al. “Everything We Know About Whether and How the Arts Improve Lives” Createquality, 2016. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.

    Multi-Year Series

    CULTURE, ARTS & SOCIETY

    Salzburg Global Seminar’s long-running series on Culture, Arts and Society focuses on the transformative power of the arts within and across sectors, acilitates cultural exchange at multiple levels, and provides unique networking and capacitybuilding opportunities. Culture and the arts have had  a prominent place in Salzburg  Global Seminar’s programs since its beginnings as the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies in 1947. Today, through multi-year projects and strategic convenings, the Culture, Arts and Society series seeks to secure a more prominent role for the arts on policy agendas and to bring creative change-makers, influencers, and communities together to drive lasting change at scale. As part of our deep commitment to next-generation talent, we support the continuously evolving needs of the creative  sector as a major driver of sustainable economic development and social improvement, particularly through the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

    For more info, visit: culture.salzburgglobal.org 

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