THEME: “Art for Good” – Art can be a powerful tool for meeting the world’s most immediate challenges
GOAL: Inspire the leaders in the room to use art as a tool for innovation and impact in their own work, and to invest in the arts.
Opening Performance: A celebration of Art for Good. Artists from around the world who use Art as a tool for social change. Audience saw evidence of creative thinking across cultures, disciplines, and time and experience the impact artists can make when they transcend form and tradition, and define new ways to express what it means to be human. Representing five continents, their stories are as diverse as the challenges that face their communities.
Daytime Conference: The 2016 program focused on two themes: (1) Art X Conflict: How art can heal the wounds and divisions of conflict, and (2) Art X Environment: How art can help us build a more sustainable world, as well as the importance of philanthropy in advancing this work.
315 high-level leaders (CEOs, government officials, philanthropists) from nearly 40 countries, across all sectors, including business, government, media, science, technology and education. By design, less than one-third are involved in the arts – an important goal is to persuade the non-believers.
The program is a diverse set of conversations and experiences exploring our two themes. Speakers include: Ambassador Samantha Power, President and CEO of the IRC David Miliband, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group David Rubenstein, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, NASA astronaut Piers Sellers, MIT Media Lab chief Joey Ito; world-renown architect Thomas Heatherwick; two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; NPR host Renee Montagne, and many more.
Our aim is to return the arts to the center of serious conversation about our collective future, spurring investment and collaboration.
364 days a year, Lincoln Center treats art as an end in itself – it enriches our inner lives, fosters empathy, and speaks to our essential humanity. One day a year, however, we choose to take a different view. We consider art as a means. And we ask: If we think of art as a tool, how can it better our world?
Our conviction is that art can be a powerful force for innovation and change, and should play a part in meeting our greatest collective challenges. The Global Exchange was conceived to demonstrate this potential and to convince leaders -- across disciplines and around the world – to utilize art in tackling the most pressing issues facing our planet.
The Global Exchange was made possible by generous support from Founding Sponsor: First Republic Bank | Premier Partner: Fosun Foundation | Pillar Partner: Movado Group Foundation | Lead Supporters: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation | Doris Duke Charitable Foundation | Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art | Event Partners: Stavros Niarchos Foundation | Rockefeller Brothers Fund | Inter-American Development Bank | Knowledge Partners: MIT Media Lab | Hakluyt & Company | Galileo Global Advisors | Oxfam | Stage Furniture courtesy of Knoll