Social Integration through the Arts in the Americas

The Social Integration Through the Arts (SITA) initiative, led by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) in collaboration with the Arts in Education Program (AIE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, aims to strengthen efforts across Latin America to improve educational outcomes and enrich the quality of life in communities through engagement with the arts. This initiative fosters and facilitates ongoing collaborations and exchanges at Harvard and in Latin America between cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, Harvard faculty, and students. It also aims to document and promote awareness of important cultural and educational work in the arts for social integration already underway, build capacity among current and future leaders of this work, and create frameworks for sustainable arts education programs that generate social integration across Latin America.

Social Integration through the Arts: Snapshots of Practice
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

The symposium Social Integration through the Arts: Snapshots of Practice and its related academic programming brought together Harvard faculty and cultural leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States to engage in dialogue about the power of the arts in creating social integration and enriching quality of life for communities. The three-day encounter addressed various topics, such as learning in and through the arts, creating and measuring social impact, promoting community engagement, developing institutional partnerships with stakeholders, and achieving financial sustainability, among others.

Background
The initiative began with the Symposium - Cultural Entrepreneurship & Social Integration through the Arts, which took place at Harvard University in May 2015, bringing together Harvard faculty and prominent cultural leaders from Chile, Colombia, and the United States. For the second phase of the initiative’s academic programming, professors Steve Seidel and James Honan of the Harvard Graduate School of Education led a public talk on the power of arts education in creating social change. The event took place In January 2016, in Cartagena, Colombia, and was part the 10th Annual Cartagena Music Festival.