Americas Cultural Summit 2021

Co-hosted by IFACCA - International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies,
01 November 2021, USA


The third edition of the Americas Cultural Summit (ACS 2021) took place virtually from 1-4 November 2021, hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). It brought together leaders representing public arts agencies and cultural ministries from across the Americas, along with artists, policy makers, and innovators, to reflect on the Summit theme Towards a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future.

Over the course of the four days, the Summit created space for delegates to address social and cultural fault lines that exacerbate inequities in the region; consider social and cultural equity as a shared responsibility; explore new and diverse practices for making more inclusive cultural policy; examine how we can strengthen and reinvigorate cultural access and participation across the full spectrum of society, as we rebuild our sectors in a post-COVID context; and demonstrate the potential for the arts and culture sector to provide leadership by example to other sectors.

During ACS 2021, a diverse range of participants shared their voices, experiences and ideas and invited each other to reimagine their roles in the cultural ecosystem and how their influence can help rebuild more vibrant, sustainable, open, and inclusive societies for our shared futures.

The program included plenaries, response panel sessions, and moderated breakout sessions for group discussion. It also included a series of creative interventions from artists and cultural practitioners; as well as insights from national and international leaders on their vision for arts and culture in the Americas.


Read the Programme