Salzburg Global Seminar Home Salzburg Global Seminar Mission

Session Links
Stay in Touch with Facebook! Watch our Videos! Follow us on Twitter! Join our LinkedIn Network! Subscribe to our Newsletter!
In The News...


Session Videos

The Arts in Leaner Times: Is Less a Lesson?

Please visit the Salzburg Global Seminar page on YouTube for the complete list of videos.
Schloss Leopoldskron
Asia's Emerging Powers: Rivalry and Global Responsibility 
The Performing Arts in Lean Times: Opportunities for Reinvention
21 Feb - 25 Feb, 2010
 What Turkey? What Europe?

Adrian Ellis (Co-Chair) - Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Russell Willis Taylor (Co-Chair) - President and CEO, National Arts Strategies, Washington, DC

The current global economic downturn and the resultant tough strategic choices that arts organizations face about the scope and scale of their work both present a rare opportunity for cultural leaders. Now more than ever arts leaders will need to be able to define and articulate the value the arts provide to society as a whole, and to the specific communities they serve. Leaders who are able to share this compelling message will head institutions that emerge from the current crisis stronger than ever before - leaders who cannot will find their organizations marginalized in the search for resources.

All cultural leaders are well versed in the instrumental arguments of economic development and educational enhancement that have been adopted over the past decade to persuade those with funding-donors, government, foundations-that they are deserving of support. While these instrumental arguments have been helpful in sustaining some arts organizations, they have eclipsed the more fundamental and intrinsic value that the arts provide as a key component of a healthy civil society. Arts leaders have become less adept at answering the question "Why do the arts really matter?"

As economies and citizens recalibrate their expectations and begin to look at what values they want their institutions to reflect - be they government, higher education, or cultural institutions - the arts have a rare opportunity to regain a place at the civic table and become part of this recalibration. This session will bring together leaders of cultural institutions, cultural policymakers, foundation representatives, arts association leaders, trustees, arts sector researchers and journalists together to articulate how cultural activities of all types can be crucial building blocks of the society that will emerge from this period of dramatic change. Cultural institutions that were built on the values of thirty years ago have a chance to reinvigorate their missions and become central to public life, and this session will explore all of the ways in which this new creation of meaning might advance. Emerging from the discussions will be a set of strategies and recommendations for arts institutions entitled "The Arts in Lean Times: Opportunities for Reinvention."

This Session has been made possible by a generous grant from The Edward T. Cone Foundation.

The fee for this session is 3,300 EURO. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals. Limited scholarship funding may be available for those who are unable to pay the full fee (i.e. from developing countries or NGOs). Participants seeking scholarship assistance must submit an application for financial aid to our registration office.

Session Faculty

Russell Willis Taylor
Adrian Ellis

Listen to excerpts or complete versions of Salzburg Global Seminar presentations

  • Interview with Andrew Taylor, Director, Bolz Center for Arts Administration, University of Wisconsin School of Business, Madison, Wisconsin, United States.
  • Interview with Geeta Chandran, Dancer, Founder and Head, Natya-Vriksha, Delhi, India.
  • Round Table Discussion with John Tusa, Chairman of the Court of Governors, University of the Arts, London, United Kingdom.
  • Interview with Michael Lynch, Member of the Board, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ultimo, Australia; Former Chief Executive, South Bank Centre, London, United Kingdom.
  • view all...

    Related SGS Programs
    Connecting to the World's Collections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage
    28 Oct - 01 Nov, 2009
    Achieving the Freer Circulation of Cultural Artifacts
    09 May - 14 May, 2008
    (Session 453)
    Libraries in the 21st Century
    23 Oct - 30 Oct, 2004
    (Session 422)


    Board of Directors
    Staff Directory
    A Brief History
    Contact Information
    SGS In The Community
    President's Reports
    Audit Reports
    Careers & Internships
    Commitment to Sustainablilty


    Registration Information
    Upcoming Programs
    American Studies Programs
    The Global Prevention of Genocide
    Global Citizenship Program
    Optimizing Institutional Philanthropy
    Reform and Transformation in the
       Middle East & North Africa

    Salzburg Academy on Media
       and Global Change

    American Studies
    Culture & The Arts
    Economics & Finance
    Genocide Studies & Prevention
    Global Citizenship
    Global Media Literacy
    Health & Healthcare Innovation
    Philanthropy Studies
    Reform & Transformation
       in the Middle East

    The Salzburg Global

    Fellowship Events

    In the News

    Past Sessions
    Past Initiatives



    TEL: +43 662 839 830
    FAX: +43 662 839 8309

    © 2019 Salzburg Global Seminar