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CULTURE, ARTS AND SOCIETY

Upcoming Program

Overview

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 promoting community health and individual well-being through the arts. 
 
By invitation only.

Groundbreaking scientific and interdisciplinary advances are highlighting the role and the power of the arts to amplify behavioral, mental, and mind-body health and well-being among aging, chronically ill, displaced, and at-risk populations and to help overcome trauma stemming from armed conflict, sexual abuse, natural disasters, and stress. How do we build our understanding of how to harness the arts and creativity to drive better health and well- being in communities?

Program
Format

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 do we build our understanding of how to harness the arts and creativity to drive better community health and individual well-being?
  • What are the physical, economic, and emotional impacts of embedding arts-based therapies in integrative care? 
  • How can we expand international collaboration and build a coalition of partners and changemakers to transform and accelerate cross-sectoral knowledge exchange and innovation across systems in health, healthcare, and neuroscience?
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.