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 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?
Karima Bennoune (USA)
Astra Taylor (Canada/USA)
Writer, Documentarian, Organizer
Alberto Manguel (Argentina/Canada)
Director of the National Library of Argentina, Writer
Alonso Salazar J. (Colombia)
Consultant, Writer, former Mayor of Medellín
Leandro Carvalho (Brazil)
UK Chevening Clore Fellow
Former Secretary of State for Culture, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Jesse Wente (Canada)
Director, Indigenous Screen Office
Mauricio Delfín (Peru)
Researcher, Promoter of Open Government in Cultural Sectors
Elizabeth Silkes (USA)
Executive Director, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Cristóbal Bianchi (Chile)
Artist, Editor and Founder, Casagrande Art Collective
María Laura Ruggiero (Argentina)
Filmmaker, Animator and Storyteller
Eliza Chandler (Canada)
Assistant Professor, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University
María Claudia Parias Durán (Colombia)
CEO, Batuta National Foundation
The Honourable María de los Ángeles González (Argentina)
Minister of Innovation and Culture for the Government of the Province of Santa Fe
Rhodnie Désir (Canada)
Choreographer, Artistic Director of RDCreations and Executive Producer of BOW’T TRAIL
Tito Hasbun (Canada-El Salvador)
Consulting Director, Asociación de Arte para el Desarrollo
Amor Muñoz (Mexico)
Jax Deluca (USA)
Director of Media Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Michèle Stephenson (Panama/Haiti/Canada/USA)
Filmmaker, Artist, Author
Taeyoon Choi (USA)
Artist and activist
Angie Leslye Pont Chamorro (Rapa Nui)
Artist, Cultural carrier and Curator
Kenneth N. Frankel (Canada)
President, Canadian Council for the Americas
The Honourable Olivia Grange CD, MP (Jamaica)
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
Juan Meliá (Mexico)
Executive Secretary, National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA)
Moniqu Manatch (Canada, Algonquin Nation)
(Canada, Algonquin Nation)
Magdalena Moreno Mujica (Australia)
Executive Director, IFACCA
Simon Brault (Canada)
Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts
Carolyn Warren (Canada)
Director General, Arts Granting Programs, Canada Council for the Arts
Martin Inthamoussú (Uruguay)
Artist and cultural manager
Javiera Parada (Chile)
Actress, cultural manager and activist
The Hon. Fernando Griffith (Paraguay)
Minister and Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat of Culture