Young Cultural Innovators - Regional Fellows Event, New Orleans




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Oct 29, 2018
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Young Cultural Innovators - Regional Fellows Event, New Orleans

Report from the second US Regional Fellows Event of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum) now online and available to download, read and share.

Young Cultural Innovators from Memphis, Detroit, and New Orleans were brought together for the second US Regional Fellows Event of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum). 

In total, 27 YCIs from both the third (2016) and fourth (2017) Salzburg programs of the YCI Forum gathered in the Contemporary Arts Centre, New Orleans, April 7 to 9, 2018, thanks to generous support from the Kresge Foundation

Led by YCI Forum facilitators Amina Dickerson, Peter Jenkinson and Shelagh Wright, the two-day program focused on strengthening the network, through a series of discussions, workshops, site visits and interactive exercises. 

The workshop’s theme was “Moving from Me to We,” exploring further what it means to be a YCI Hub and what YCIs want to accomplish as a community of Fellows in their cities and local communities.

YCI Forum is not a traditional professional development program about teaching or training, but is rather values-based than goals-based. While emphasizing the potential of YCIs as agents of change, the Regional Fellows Event encouraged the group to consider how they, within their city hubs, can think about creating systems-change. 

Susanna Seidl-Fox, Salzburg Global Program Director for Culture and the Arts said: “As creative change-makers, the YCIs confront similar challenges in their cities. Detroit, Memphis, and New Orleans are all contending with social inequality, weak public education systems, high unemployment levels, economic disparities, and a general lack of public support for the cultural sector. 

“Working at the intersection of the arts and social change, all 27 YCIs are committed to addressing these challenges. This regional YCI meeting in New Orleans provided a rich opportunity for the YCIs to share experiences, coach each other, and strategize for the future. They represent and will shape the future of their cities. 

“Their energy, talent, and commitment are what Detroit, Memphis, and New Orleans need to help them overcome the challenges of the 21st century.” 

Read the full report from this session now online.