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The Canada Council for the Arts has partnered with the Salzburg Global Seminar to give young cultural innovators from Canada an opportunity to build their leadership skills and engage with others from around the globe.

For the next 4 years, the Canada Council and the Salzburg Global Seminar will make an annual selection of 5 young Canadians to attend the renowned Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI). The selected group will make up the very first YCI hub in Canada.

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Salzburg Global Seminar

About The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators IV

Taking place at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria from October 14-19, 2017 the week-long intensive program combines theory and practice, with keynote presentations focusing on issues facing the cultural sector and skills-building sessions.

Selected participants will have the chance to develop the dynamic vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to allow them, their organizations, their causes and their communities to thrive in new ways.

The 2017 Canadian Fellows

Meet the 5 young cultural innovators selected to attend this year’s forum

Marc Pronovost

Marc Pronovost

General Manager & Artistic Director, B21; Curator, Maison de la Photo de Montréal

Laval, Québec

Jung-Suk Ryu

Jung-Suk Ryu

Executive Director, Indefinite Arts Centre

Canmore, Alberta

Patrick Franklin John Shannon

Patrick Franklin John Shannon

Owner, InnoNative

Skidegate, British Columbia

Nikki Shaffeeullah

Nikki Shaffeeullah

Artistic Director, The AMY Project

Toronto, Ontario

Helen Yung

Helen Yung

Artist-Researcher, Culture of Cities Centre

Toronto, Ontario

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1947 with a mission to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. More than 30,000 people from nearly 170 countries have participated in our programs over seven decades.

Salzburg Global designs multi-year programs to bridge divides and foster collaboration for lasting change. They convene outstanding people across generations, cultures and sectors. Together they seek to achieve long-term impact and results at scale through alliances, networks and projects on the ground.

Candidates were jointly selected by the Salzburg Global Seminar and the Canada Council according to the following criteria:

  • 25-35 years of age;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • At least 2-3 years of professional experience in the cultural sector;
  • Creativity in approach to work, openness to innovation and risk-taking, action-orientation, and demonstrated entrepreneurial practice;
  • Interest in creating social change and strengthening the position of the arts and cultural institutions within communities, demonstrated through an example of one project led or in planning;
  • Proclivity to communicate (social media savvy, etc.) and cooperate with others across sectors;
  • Passion, enthusiasm, and leadership potential – with recommendations confirming these qualities and/or external recognition of  accomplishment in this area: prize, award, citation;
  • Desire to become an active member of a global network and willingness to commit time, energy, and resources to sustaining such a network, both at the global and hub leve

Selection also took into consideration regional, geographic and cultural diversity as well as a range of artistic disciplines.

For more information

Melanie Yugo

Partnership and Networks Officer

E-mail: Melanie.Yugo@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5144

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5144

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

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Apply as a 2018 Fellow

Are you a young cultural innovator? Consider submitting your nomination the next Forum.

Watch for the call for nominations in Summer 2018.