Past Program


By Invitation Only

The second US regional meeting of the Salzburg Global Forum For Young Cultural Innovators brings together YCI Fellows  from Memphis, Detroit, and New Orleans, whose participation in the YCI Forum has been supported by the Kresge Foundation.

Hosted by the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the thirty YCIs will reflect on what it means to be part of a creative hub in cities undergoing radical urban transformation and social renewal. Participants will also share and critique micro-innovation projects tied to the creative economy and social innovation that they have been working on in their respective cities.


Calley Anderson
Playwright; formerly Inclusion Manager, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Maia Asshaq
Co-founder, Detroit Art Book Fair; Co-Founder, DittoDitto Books, Detroit, MI
Nic Aziz
Curator, New Orleans Museum of Art/Prospect, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Imani Brown
Director of Programs, Antenna, New Orleans, LA
Chase Cantrell
Executive Director, Building Community Value, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Atianna Cordova
Founder and CEO, WATER BLOCK, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Shelley Danner
Program Director, Challenge Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Sayde Finkel
Legislative and Public Policy Director, New Orleans City Council, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Steve Fox
Founder, The Story Agents, Memphis Tennessee, USA
Whitney Hardy
Founder, 3RDSPACE, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Melvin Henley
Organizational Development Consultant, Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW), Detroit, Michigan, USA
Sebastian Jackson
Founder & Co-Owner, The Social Club Grooming Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Lauren Kennedy
Executive Director, UrbanArt Commission, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Rachel Knox
Program Officer - Thriving Arts and Culture, Hyde Family Foundation, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Ian Nunley
Project Manager, Innovate Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Fari Nzinga
Independent curator, writer and educator, Ohio, USA
Samuel Oliver
Executive Director, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Yasmine Omari
Marketing & Education Outreach Coordinator, Germantown Performing Arts Centre, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Dan Price
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Creative Works, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Lauren Rossi
Founder, Stellar Friend & Partner, Michigan, Detroit, USA
Heidi Schmalbach
Executive Advisor/PhD Candidate, Arts Council New Orleans/Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Karah Shaffer
Executive Director, Facing Change: Documenting America, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Cameron Shaw
Executive Director, Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, LA
Alissa Shelton
Executive Director, Bank Suey/Brick + Beam Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Mari Sheppard
Managing Director, Junebug Productions, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Alphonse Smith
Executive Director, Arts Council New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Elena Stoeva
Marketing and PR Manager, Galler Foods, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Ms. Bucky Willis
Design Consultant, Bleeding Heart Design, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Knoxx Yepez
Director, The Aadizookaan, Detroit, Michigan, USA