Aspen Arts Strategy Group

The Aspen Arts Strategy Group takes its inspiration from the Aspen Strategy Group, which was founded in 1984 as a bipartisan forum to explore the preeminent foreign-policy challenges faced by the United States. The Arts Strategy Group uses the same model of applying cross-disciplinary and high-level examination of policy strategies and applies it to issues within American arts communities today or to opportunities that the arts have to intersect with other national issues.

The first Arts Strategy Group was convened in 2012 in New York City by Damian Woetzel and Yo-Yo Ma and focused on new models for the practice of Citizen Artistry. Subsequent groups have met in Los Angeles, Detroit, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, and have explored how to positively impact issues such as arts curriculums in public education, the development of cultural bureaus within city governments, how the arts community can positively address race and class issues in their cities, and the implementation of service years for students graduating from arts and music colleges.

The Arts Program has been fortunate to partner on these meetings with institutions that include Hunter College, the Music Center in Los Angeles, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

“A highly functioning society requires that we effectively harness all the tools and ideas we have, including those of artists and the arts.”
— Melody C. Barnes, chair, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions