Presenting at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos – Art

01.20.11 | Category: Breaking News

Last August, I was invited to attend and to present my art the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. The overall theme for this Annual Meeting is Shared Norms for the New Reality. Learn more here.

I will present in 3 sessions: a one-hour solo session on my art, a panel discussion on art & illusion, and a cultural leaders dinner/discussion.

My solo presentation will focus on a brand new, and edgy, series of paintings and art installations I have created for Davos. I am very excited about it, and look forward to sharing some photos and video of the new artworks next Wednesday, which will coincide with my presentation.

Can’t believe that Davos is just around the corner already– this weekend, I will be taking off for Switzerland.

I have been very impressed by the attention and emphasis that the World Economic Forum organizers place on art and culture. To quote from their letter:

“The World Economic Forum has also always thought that arts and culture play a central role in the transformation of human society, as they are essential in raising consciousness to our sense of purpose, vision and fulfilment. They bring out of the box thinking, renewal and inspiration to corporate leaders and their teams. It is therefore essential that cultural leaders and artists play a crucial role in facing these challenges.”

I agree. I strongly feel that we need more creativity and artistic thinking in our world. Art education should be given the same attention and emphasis as science education– both are very important for creating harmonious and well-balanced individuals who possess emotional and intellectual depth.

I have heard many people from Al Gore to Meg Whitman talk about the crisis in science education in America. There’s no doubt that science and technology education is behind where it should be given America’s resources and responsibilities to the world. What is equally shocking to me is that the crisis in art and culture education is almost never part of the discussion. Tomorrow’s young leaders need to have the scientific but also the cultural “chops” to conquer the world’s toughest problems. If the young leaders we are raising for tomorrow don’t understand our art and culture, how can they understand the art and culture of the Middle East, of Asia, of Africa? Howe can they communicate, interface and collaborate with other leaders from vastly different backgrounds? Art is also the best way to break down cultural barriers and to find a universal path to what connects us.

I look forward to the coming week, and will be blogging on ValleyZen and tweeting to keep you posted about life in the Swiss Alps in January!

What issues do you think should be at the top of the agenda this year?

Post by Drue Kataoka

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