Beyond Cultural Diplomacy: Arts, Policy and Change

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On October 11, 2013 at Sands Point Preserve,  artists, policy makers, philanthropists, diplomats, cultural organizations, business, and thought leaders convened to explore the power and potential of arts-policy collaborations at the panel event "Beyond Cultural Diplomacy: Arts, Policy, and Change."

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Read the event reportage, “Beyond Cultural Diplomacy,” on World Policy’s Arts-Policy Nexus Blog

Read the keynote address by Mary Ann DeVlieg

View the slideshow presentation from Aimme Fullman’s keynote response


About the event:

The work of photographers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, poets and writers deals with many of the same challenges that keep policy makers up at night. In recent years diverse coalitions at the nexus of the arts and policy worlds have driven unprecedented investments and harnessed new platforms and technologies with the power to transform communities, spark innovation and economic empowerment, and strengthen human rights.

Cultural diplomacy is morphing before our eyes, extending beyond its traditional bounds into the space of humanitarian action and social movements. How can public policy harness fertile cross-sector collaboration and the excitement of disruptive technologies and translate these benefits across geographic and class boundaries? How can it empower rather than constrain or replace social movements? How can we tear down the remaining walls between government, business, and civil society in order to support the emergence and development of new ways of seeing, making, and doing on the global stage?

Today’s program brings together artists, policy makers, philanthropists, diplomats, cultural organizations, business, and thought leaders to explore the power and potential of arts-policy collaborations.

Keynote Address by Mary Ann DeVlieg 
Secretary General Emeritus, IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
Senior Strategy Advisor, freeDimensional

Response by Aimee Fullman
Meaningful Engagement, International


Panel I

Simona-Mirela Miculescu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations

Anita Durst
Founder and Artistic Director, Chashama

Emad Salem
Deputy Director for International Programs, Battery Dance Company

Discussant: Rich Blint, Associate Director, Office of Community Outreach and Education, School of the Arts, Columbia University


Panel II

Anna Smith
Director of Cultural Exchange Programs, International Arts & Artists  

Adam Horowitz
Co-Executive Director, Bowery Arts + Science;
 Barn-raiser, United States Department of Arts and Culture

Mahnaz Fancy 

Executive Director, ArteEast

Discussant: Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Events, Queens Museum of Art   

With Master of Ceremonies:

Todd Lester, World Policy Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the  Arts and Policy Incubator, which facilitates collaboration among artists whose work addresses social challenges and policy thought leaders seeking creative ways to reach hearts and minds–and, in turn, hands and feet.


Schedule of events

11:45am –  Arrival & Registration

Noon to 1pmLunch

1pmKeynote Address

1:20pmPanel 1

2:30 pm to 3:00pmBreak 

3:00pmPanel 2

4:30 to 5:30Networking Reception


About the Sponsors

A center for global thought leadership, the World Policy Institute is uniquely focused on the crucial but neglected challenges and opportunities of an increasingly connected world. We stress innovative, transformative thinking; diversity of ideas, and a global perspective. World Policy Journal, fellows, events, and policy projects provide channels for supporters, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, and citizens to identify, debate, and develop constructive solutions.

Yiyuan Society, a program of Beijing's Jintai Art Museum, was established in 1994 to promote cross-cultural dialogue and understanding on culture, art and public policy.

Headquartered in Beijing with offices in Washington DC and New York, Pavilion provides a unique idea-sharing platform aimed at building collaborations across sectors. Its programs bring together emerging business leaders, innovators, designers, policymakers, scholars, and entrepreneurs.

Sino-American Friendship Association strives to develop and strengthen friendship between the Chinese and American people by creating venues for a deeper development of people-to-people diplomacy between the two countries.

freeDimensional is a networked international resource that supports arts and culture promoting free expression, justice & equality. Through its programs and networks, freeDimensional identifies and fills gaps in civil society by recognizing and supporting the arts and artists as important agents of social change. 

With Media Partners: 

World Policy Journal | CCTV | Global Times | Tencent 

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