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Leadership Exchange Programme in Sydney Photo courtesy of WCCF

The World Cities Culture Forum, an organisation comprised of 38 international cities who have come together in an effort to bring the cultural sector into civic planning, has announced it will be accepting applications from participating cities to take part in their second Leadership Exchange Programme.

The forum, working with Bloomberg Philanthropies, first launched the Leadership Exchange Programme in 2018, with the aim to promote a dialogue between city leaders around advancing cultural projects and exploring the ways public art, local projects, policymaking and urban planning can improve the quality of life for residents.

“Global cities are very different, but these exchanges showcase how much they can learn from each other,” says Kate Levin, who oversees Bloomberg Philanthropiess arts programme and who served as the commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs from 2002–2013. “The inaugural participants explored challenges including preserving affordable creative space, showcasing community cultural development, and indigenous arts. And everyone came away with new strategies, fresh perspectives, and an expanded network of professional colleagues across the public and private sectors.”

Levin adds that the programme is “designed to move beyond study to implementation, demonstrating the ways that culture can drive inspired, effective civic innovation. We love the mix of experimentation, best practices and connections that this exchange catalyzes, and are looking forward to seeing how the next group of participants uses this opportunity to improve their communities and the cultural sector broadly.”

The 2018 Leadership Exchange supported four exchanges between a total of nine cities. An exchange between Toronto and Sydney focused on indigenous placeRead More – Source