Americas Cultural Summit 2018
The first Americas Cultural Summit 2018 is taking place from 9 to 11 May in Ottawa, Canada. The goal is to bring together leaders in public funding of arts and culture from across the Americas to discuss their role and impact on the rise of cultural citizenship.
Cultural citizenship is the overarching theme of the summit. Conceptually, cultural citizenship emphasizes the expression of diverse cultural practices and identities alongside full participation in cultural life. It envisions conditions for artists of all kinds to thrive, and for citizens to engage with arts and culture as a gesture of personal and collective freedom. With international speakers and leaders in the arts, participants will explore the concept of cultural citizenship through diverse political, social, economic and cultural lenses. The summit offers a trusting space to exchange ideas and share best practices to advance public support for arts and culture as part of building vibrant, prosperous and inclusive societies.
Further topics on the agenda include cultural rights, democratizing technology in the digital age, arts and social change, reconciliation, diversity and inclusion.
The conclusions of the Summit will be articulated in a joint call to action adopted by the participants. The results of this joint action will be presented at the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture in 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.