The Canada Council for the Arts and the Salzburg Global Seminar have partnered to give young cultural innovators from Canada an opportunity to build their leadership skills and engage with other innovators from around the globe.
From 2017 to 2020, the Canada Council and the Salzburg Global Seminar have made an annual selection of five to eight young Canadians to attend the renowned Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum).
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About the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators
The YCI Forum provides five to eight participants from Canada with the opportunity to be part of an intensive program, from October 12–23, 2020. While the program usually takes place at Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, Austria, the 2020 edition will be held entirely online. It combines 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 (as necessary).
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 2020 Young Cultural Innovators
Katzie First Nation, British Columbia
Nequtkok (Tobique First Nation), New Brunswick
Moncton, New Brunswick
Vancouver, British Columbia
Executive Director, inPath
Playwright, Manitoba Theatre Centre
EPIC Leadership xChange
Board Member, Canadian Artists' Representation
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Communications Director, Business for Peace
Curator, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Vice-Chair, City of Vancouver's Arts and Culture Policy Council
Vancouver, British Columbia
Director of Marketing, Opéra de Montréal
Traditional Land and Governance Coordinator, Dzawada'enuxw First Nation
Dzawada'enuxw, British Columbia
Administrator, Producer, Facilitator
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
General Manager & Artistic Director, B21; Curator, Maison de la Photo de Montréal
Executive Director, Indefinite Arts Centre
Skidegate, British Columbia
Artistic Director, The AMY Project
Artist-Researcher, Culture of Cities Centre
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.
About the 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.
For questions concerning the application:
Admissions and Program Officer
Salzburg Global Seminar