The Summit was hosted by the Canada Council for the Arts in partnership with Argentina’s Ministry of Culture and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). It was held in Ottawa from May 9 to 11, 2018.
It offered participants an open forum for exchanging ideas and best practices to advance public support for the arts and culture and build vibrant, prosperous, and inclusive societies.
The Summit culminated in a joint call to action that commits delegates to ongoing dialogue, collaboration and exchange. It reflects their shared values and priorities, and celebrates the rich diversity that unites the Americas region.
Voices of the Summit
Participants share their views on the Summit.
Image of Americas Cultural Summit 2018 Statistics including discussion themes, gender balance of presenters and delegates, percentage of post-event survey respondents that are motivated to form new collaborations and partnerships, and participation data on the primary language of presenters and types of delegates, as well as countries represented.
Arts and Social Change, Creating Commons for Digital Inclusion, Cultural Rights, Diversity and Inclusion, Indigenous Rights, Participatory Governance, and Truth, Memory and Reconciliation
92% of post-event survey respondents are motivated to form new collaborations and partnerships
33 Countries Represented
Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rapa Nui, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and United States of America
The following question guided the Summit: How can government, institutions, practitioners, artists and citizens work together to help build more vibrant, open and pluralist democracies, which respect, promote and protect the right of everyone to take part in cultural life?
Writer, Documentarian, Organizer
Director of the National Library of Argentina, Writer
Consultant, Writer, former Mayor of Medellín
UK Chevening Clore Fellow
Former Secretary of State for Culture, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Director, Indigenous Screen Office
Researcher, Promoter of Open Government in Cultural Sectors
Executive Director, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Artist, Editor and Founder, Casagrande Art Collective
Filmmaker, Animator and Storyteller
Assistant Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University
CEO, Batuta National Foundation
Minister of Innovation and Culture for the Government of the Province of Santa Fe
Choreographer, Artistic Director of RDCreations and Executive Producer of BOW’T TRAIL
Consulting Director, Asociación de Arte para el Desarrollo
Director of Media Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Filmmaker, Artist, Author
Artist and activist
Artist, Cultural carrier and Curator
President, Canadian Council for the Americas
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
Executive Secretary, National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA)
(Canada, Algonquin Nation)
Executive Director, IFACCA
Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts
Director General, Arts Granting Programs, Canada Council for the Arts
Artist and cultural manager
Actress, cultural manager and activist
Minister and Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat of Culture