Art & Culture in Public Life Symposium


Friday, January 29, 2021, 10:00am to 3:15pm



The Arts & Culture in Public Life Symposium is hosted by the Arts & Culture in Public Life Caucus, a student organization of Harvard Kennedy School. The event will bring together high profile art leaders and policy makers to discuss the potential of the arts to create meaningful change in the world. 

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Panel Discussion 1: Climate Advocacy through the Arts

Time: 10:00am-11:00am panel, 11:00am-11:15am Q&A

Panelists Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO
Franklin Sirmans, Director, Perez Art Museum 
Haley Mellin, Artist

Moderator Ping Wang, MPA 2021

Panel Discussion 2: Art as Ambassador in International Relation

Time: 11:30am–12:30pm panel, 12:30pm-12:45pm Q&A

Panelists Claire D’Alba, Curator, Art in Embassies Ojoma Ochai, Regional Director, Arts and Creative Economy Programmes, Sub Saharan Africa, British Council Pedro Reyes, Artist Joan Weinstein, Director, Getty Foundation

Moderator Allison Agsten, Moderator, MPA 2021

Panel Discussion 3: Entertainment as a Vehicle for Social Change

Time: 2:15pm-3:15pm panel and Q&A

Panelists Kamala Avila-Salmon, Head of Inclusive Content, Motion Picture Group at Lionsgate Stacy Smith, Associate Professor of Communication; Founder and Director, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, USC Tracy Van Slyke, Strategy Director, Pop Culture Collaborative

Moderator Tara Rajan, MPA 2022