Upcoming Program


As the world confronts the compounded impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis, and structural injustices, societies are bracing for a protracted and complex period of reassessment, reimagination, and restructuring. The culture and arts sector must be at the table and included in decision-making processes as societies seek to eschew a return to “normal” and instead build back better. 
As part of its 2021 program on Humanizing Power of the Arts, Salzburg Global’s Culture and the Arts series will explore the intersections between the arts and culture sector and the following four interrelated strands of work: climate, health, education, and justice. This group will focus on advancing social justice and processes of decolonization. 
By invitation only.

Increased awareness of structural injustices in societies worldwide have led to urgent calls for the arts and culture sector to play a more active role in promoting social justice, designing and implementing more inclusive practices, and initiating and supporting complex processes of decolonization around the globe. These efforts need to be directed both across societies at large but also within the cultural sector itself and its own institutions.


This 90-min focus group is one of a four-part series framed around the intersections between the arts and culture sector and the following four interrelated strands of work: 

  • Building Back Greener: Mitigating climate change and designing a greener planet
  • Building Back Healthier: Promoting community health and individual well-being through the arts
  • Building Back Smarter: Reimagining creativity in education and learning
  • Building Back Fairer: Advancing social justice and processes of decolonization 

The four focus groups will culminate in a three-day hybrid in-person/online program in November 2021, The Humanizing Power of the Arts: Building Back Better.

Focus Group Questions
  • How can the culture and arts sector contribute most effectively and creatively to these processes? 
  • How can dance, theater, music, the visual arts, fashion, food, and design promote socially just practices – both within and outside of their own spheres of work? 
  • What cultural vestiges of colonization still exist and how can they be deconstructed and removed within the cultural sector and across differing global contexts?
Participant Profile

Each of the four focus groups will include experts in research, policy, and practice from the four respective focus areas: climate, health, education, and justice. They will also be joined by technology innovators, anthropologists, cultural philanthropists, and media representatives.

The culminating three-day hybrid program in November will convene an interdisciplinary and inter-generational group of approximately 60 creative practitioners, researchers, and policymakers from around the globe to forge a crucible for strategic dialogue.