Yiyuan Society – Jintai Art Museum | Pavilion |

Sino-American Friendship Association |

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations "Do One Thing" Campaign | freeDimensional | and World Policy Institute present:


Beyond Cultural Diplomacy:

Arts, Policy and Change

Panel Discussions and Networking Reception 

Sands Point Preserve

Friday, October 11, 2013 | Noon to 6pm


The work of photographers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, poets and writers deals with many of the same challenges that keep policy makers up at night. In recent years diverse coalitions at the nexus of the arts and policy worlds have driven unprecedented investments and harnessed new platforms and technologies with the power to transform communities, spark innovation and economic empowerment, and strengthen human rights.


Cultural diplomacy is morphing before our eyes, extending beyond its traditional bounds into the space of humanitarian action and social movements.  Today’s program brings together artists, policy makers, philanthropists, diplomats, cultural organizations, business, and thought leaders to explore the power and potential of arts-policy collaborations.


How can public policy harness fertile cross-sector collaboration and the excitement of disruptive technologies and translate these benefits across geographic and class boundaries?  How can it empower rather than constrain or replace social movements?  How can we tear down the remaining walls between government, business, and civil society in order to support the emergence and development of new ways of seeing, making, and doing on the global stage?


Keynote Address by Mary Ann DeVlieg 

Secretary General Emeritus, IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts

Senior Strategy Advisor, freeDimensional


Featuring panelists: 

(partial list of speakers as of Sept. 16)

  • Jean-Christophe Bas, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
  • Anita Durst, Chashama
  • Palitha Kohona, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
  • Joey Lico, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Anna Smith, International Arts & Artists                                  

With Moderator:

Todd Lester, World Policy Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the  Arts and Policy Incubator, which facilitates collaboration among artists whose work addresses social challenges and policy thought leaders seeking creative ways to reach hearts and minds–and, in turn, hands and feet.


A center for global thought leadership, the World Policy Institute is uniquely focused on the crucial but neglected challenges and opportunities of an increasingly connected world. We stress innovative, transformative thinking; diversity of ideas, and a global perspective. World Policy Journal, fellows, events, and policy projects provide channels for supporters, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, and citizens to identify, debate, and develop constructive solutions.


Yiyuan Society, a program of Beijing's Jintai Art Museum, was established in 1994 to promote cross-cultural dialogue and understanding on culture, art and public policy.


Headquartered in Beijing with offices in Washington DC and New York, Pavilion provides a unique idea-sharing platform aimed at building collaborations across sectors. Its programs bring together emerging business leaders, innovators, designers, policymakers, scholars, and entrepreneurs.


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