4/5/2016 9:39 AM
Houston, TX —The ICAA/MFAH recently held the second annual conference of the ICAA Ideas Council, a global think-tank for dialogue and the direct exchange of ideas about critical issues affecting the field of Latin American and Latino Art in the 21st century. The group gathered at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in March 13 to 14, 2016 for a two-day conference.
Under the rubric The Public Sector and the Visual Arts in Latin America: Re-Framing the Issues for the 21st Century, the ICAA Ideas Council’s 2016 conference focused on the visual arts and its varied intersections with governments and government-sponsored initiatives in Latin America. Participants including Darío Lopérfido, Minister of Culture, City of Buenos Aires (Argentina); Américo Castilla, National Secretary of Cultural Heritage (Argentina); Carlos Roberto Brandão, President, Instituto Brasileiro de Museus; Magdalena Zavala, Coordinadora Nacional de Artes Visuales del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico); Susana Torruella-Leval, Independent Scholar (NYC); and Gerardo Mosquera Independent Scholar (Havana and Madrid) joined Ideas Council members in a number of thematic sessions dealing with innovative funding models for visual arts initiatives, patronage and tax incentive laws, and the deployment of regional collaborative networks. As in its first iteration in March 2015, the conference functioned as a dynamic space for honest and stimulating discussion among a group of like-minded visionaries and practitioners who are generating groundbreaking initiatives in Europe, the United States, and Latin America.
Established in 2014 by a group of MFAH Trustees and other advocates for Latin American art, the ICAA Ideas Council brings together high-profile art advocates, philanthropists, business entrepreneurs, and cultural leaders with representatives from the government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors. Through annual conferences, focused conversations, and special workshops, these influential individuals come into contact with cutting-edge artists, scholars, politicians, business leaders, and policy experts from Europe, the United States, and Latin America who represent a broad range of perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
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