Last October, National Arts Strategies, in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar, presented the first annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, co-chaired by NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor and National Arts Council of Zambia Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe. Over the course of this convening, fifty young cultural leaders from around the globe came together to address questions on the role of the arts and their place in communities, the tension between global and local in today’s world and the creation and communication of value. Through a series of panel discussions, group conversations, informal networking and skill-building sessions on team building and communication, change management and innovation, fellows expanded their thinking on what it means to be a cultural leader and worked together to explore ideas for how they will serve the field. NAS Program Manager Sunny Widmann authored the session report, which summarizes these discussions. The report also includes links to blog posts and video interviews with fellows (featured on Field Notes during the session) and a visual diary of the event by fellow and comics artist Paola Gaviria.
Sunny believes that arts participation engenders empathy and builds cross-cultural understanding, and is interested in how the arts work in different communities across the globe. Sunny likes to spend her time practicing yoga with friends, or planning her next great adventure.