The Americas Cultural Summit 2021
The Americas Cultural Summit 2021 takes place online, November 1-4, 2021. The event is co-hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies.
The 2021 Summit, the third of its kind, explores the theme Towards a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future.
The Summit includes participation from the Canada Council for the Arts, including opening remarks from former Director and CEO Simon Brault and a plenary and a panel discussion led by Jesse Wente, Chair.
The 2019 Americas Cultural Summit
The 2019 Americas Cultural Summit took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 27-29, 2019.
The program explored the theme of Cultural Change in a Diverse Territory, focusing on the profound changes that continue to affect cultural models and practices.
The First Summit (2018)
The First Americas Cultural 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.
The Summit brought together renowned artists, eminent thinkers, and leaders in public arts and culture funding from across the Americas to discuss their role in and impact on the rise of cultural citizenship.
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.
The highlights of 2018 Americas Cultural Summit
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
Participant Data (169 Delegates)
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 (2014–23)
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