Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture, the program will bring together cultural leaders from eighteen cities to collaborate on solutions to common challenges. Over the next two years, leaders from Amsterdam, Austin, Barcelona, Chengdu, Lagos, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, Montreal, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Sydney, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich will participate in a series of collaborative exchanges.
Issues to be addressed by the exchanges include culture as an expression of civic participation (Lagos and Warsaw); equitable access to affordable creative space (Austin, Sydney, and Melbourne); models of cultural funding that embrace diverse artforms (Vienna and Zurich); the use of data in mapping access to arts activities (Amsterdam, Austin, Barcelona, Chengdu, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Montreal, and Stockholm); and ensuring cultural equity and inclusion in the Cultural Olympiad, a program of cultural events that accompanies each Olympic Games (Paris and Los Angeles).
Convened by London-based BOP Consulting, the forum is a collaborative network of forty cities that works to champion culture as a driver of social and economic success.
"By bringing together cultural leaders from city governments across the globe, the World Cities Culture Forum's Leadership Exchange can inspire and drive problem-solving for the biggest challenges faced by cities," said Kate D. Levin, arts program lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies. "Despite the unique hurdles faced this year, institutions and individuals are meeting the moment and producing creative solutions that demonstrate how important culture will be for recovery efforts."
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