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
Mr. Nic Aziz
Writer and Curator, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Imani Brown
Director of Programs, Antenna, New Orleans, LA
Chase Cantrell
Director, Building Community Value, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Atianna Cordova
Founder, WATER BLOCK, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Shelley Danner
Co-founder and Program Director, Challenge Detroit, Detroit, MI
Sayde Finkel
Senior Associate for Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives, Greater New Orleans Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Steven Fox
Co-Founder, Story Agents; Program Coordinator, Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South, Memphis, TN
Whitney Hardy
Executive Director, Young Arts Patrons, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Melvin Henley
Creative Industries Strategist, Implementor and Advocate, Detroit, MI
Sebastian Jackson
Founder & Co-Owner, The Social Club Grooming Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Lauren Kennedy
Executive Director, Urban Art Commission, Memphis, TN
Rachel Knox
Program Associate, Innovate Memphis, Memphis, TN
Ian Nunley
Project Manager, Innovate Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Fari Nzinga
Adjunct Professor, Bard Early College, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Samuel Oliver
Manager of Executive Affairs and Capital Projects, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
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
Creative Industries Program Manager, Creative Many, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Heidi Schmalbach
Executive Director, Arts Council New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Karah Shaffer
Executive Director, Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA)
Cameron Shaw
Executive Director, Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, LA
Alissa Shelton
Owner & Program Curator, Bank Suey, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Mariana Sheppard
Associate Director of Public Programs, Contemporary Arts Centre, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Alphonse Smith
Deputy Director, Arts Council of New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
Elena Stoeva
Creative Placemaking Coordinator, Soulsville USA The Neighborhood, Memphis, TN
Ms. Bucky Willis
Project Manager/Designer, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, UDM School of Architecture, Detroit, MI
Christopher Yepez
Multi-disciplinary Musician and Digital Media Artist, Detroit, MI