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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.

From 2017 to 2020, the Canada Council and the Salzburg Global Seminar will make an annual selection of five young Canadians to attend the renowned Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum).

In partnership with

Salzburg Global Seminar

About The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

The YCI Forum offers an opportunity for five participants from Canada to be part of an intensive program taking place at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, from October 16 to 21, 2018. Combining theory and practice, with keynote presentations focusing on “big picture” issues facing the cultural sector and with skills-building sessions on entrepreneurial thinking; human-centered design processes; strategic planning and organizational development; and leadership and values. Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to participate in the YCI program, including the session fee, room and board, and travel costs.

I don’t think I have ever been in a room with so many young professionals who are innovating in the true sense of the word: breaking new ground, disrupting systems, challenging the status quo, elevating the poorest and least empowered in society.

- Helen Yung, 2017 Canadian Fellow 

Discover Canada’s Young Cultural Innovators

Alyssa Fearon

Alyssa Fearon

Curator, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Brandon, Manitoba

2018

Brian McBay

Brian McBay

Vice-Chair, City of Vancouver's Arts and Culture Policy Council

Vancouver, British Columbia

2018

Xavier Roy

Xavier Roy

Director of Marketing, Opéra de Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

2018

Lindsey Mae Willie

Lindsey Mae Willie

Traditional Land and Governance Coordinator, Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

Dzawada'enuxw, British Columbia

2018

Jenna Winter

Jenna Winter

Administrator, Producer, Facilitator

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

2018

Marc Pronovost

Marc Pronovost

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

Laval, Québec

2017

Jung-Suk Ryu

Jung-Suk Ryu

Executive Director, Indefinite Arts Centre

Canmore, Alberta

2017

Patrick Franklin John Shannon

Patrick Franklin John Shannon

Owner, InnoNative

Skidegate, British Columbia

2017

Nikki Shaffeeullah

Nikki Shaffeeullah

Artistic Director, The AMY Project

Toronto, Ontario

2017

Helen Yung

Helen Yung

Artist-Researcher, Culture of Cities Centre

Toronto, Ontario

2017

Salzburg Global Seminar Group 2018

About Salzburg Global Seminar

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 their programs over seven decades.

Salzburg Global designs multi-year programs to bridge divides and foster collaboration for lasting change. It convenes outstanding people across generations, cultures and sectors. It seeks 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

Karolina Wisniewska

Partnership and International Coordination Officer, Partnership and International Coordination

E-mail: Karolina.Wisniewska@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4140

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4140

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

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Apply as a 2019 Fellow

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

Watch for the call for nominations in Summer 2019.