About the Arts Program
The Aspen Institute Arts Program was established to support and invigorate the arts in America, and to return the arts to the center of the Aspen Institute’s “Great Conversation.” Directed by Damian Woetzel, it brings together artists, advocates, educators, managers, foundations and government officials to exchange ideas and develop policies and programs that strengthen the reciprocal relationship between the arts and society.
The Program draws upon the Institute’s long-established convening power, and its well-known association with ideas, values and leadership. It responds to needs identified in a survey across the full spectrum of the arts in America for less isolation among arts advocates and directors, and for more communication and exchange of ideas and best practices. It takes advantage of the Institute’s fertile nonpartisan and interdisciplinary foundations, and works to integrate arts and artists across the full breadth of the Institute’s programs.