The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders (going on now through November 1) has brought together fifty dynamic young cultural leaders from around the world in Salzburg for an intensive leadership development program. This new annual series helps young cultural practitioners improve their leadership skills and is intended to enhance international understanding and cultural exchange and to strengthen the cultural sector worldwide through a vital global network of young cultural leaders.
I’ve been enjoying this series of videos from the Forum, especially since the topics relate just as well to cultural diplomacy as they do to other contexts and delivery systems for the arts:
Salzburg Forum fellows on the creation and communication of value in arts and culture
Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Museum of Art, on the new avenues of neuroscience research into how we experience the arts (for more, see neuroscientist Eric Kandel’s new book on art and the brain, The Age of Insight)
Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director of the Sydney Theatre Company, on the arguments for the arts that resonate most with contemporary society
Deirdre Prins-Solani, an independent heritage and cultural expert in South Africa, on the interaction between sacred and public spaces, the artist as prophet, and the value created by that tension
While you’re at it, check out the National Arts Strategies guest blog post by Suse Cairns, who responds to the Forum’s issue of creating and communicating value.