May 27, 2015


Albanian Institute New York

A Symposium on Art, Culture, and Diplomacy.

The Art Salon and Conversations is an annual forum presented in collaboration with partners, embassies and government agencies, and a network of New York City’s most ambitious arts and cultural institutions. Directed by Dino Korca, the forum brings together a diverse range of extraordinary speakers and influential figures, provocateurs and wits, artists and diplomats for open discussions and presentations, including live performances, film-screenings, and interdisciplinary productions, offering participants active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. “We believe that every engagement between people sparks new possibilities, and progress happens by bringing people together from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change. It’s about the experience of coming together, building relationships, and having those conversations, and those conversations, those relationships will ultimately make the difference.”   The forum equally serves as a launching pad and provides the impetus for new initiatives and collaborations among participants. Throughout the course of the event, members engage in dynamic discussions and experiences, generate and exchange ideas, and develop policies to strengthen the reciprocal relationship between the arts and society. 

We believe that every engagement sparks new possibilities and progress happens by bringing people together from all walks of life who have the drive and influence to make positive change. Presentation by:
Geert De PROOST, General Representative of the Government of Flanders to the USA.

Through our valued relationships with artists, cultural leaders, government officials, diplomats, and patrons we facilitate a significant contribution to the arts and cultural dialogue. Kati LAAKSO, seen here in a conversation, is head of cultural affairs, Consulate General of Finland.


Frank Hentschker, giving a talk on the launch of “Cultural Mobility Funding Guide: focusing on Dance, Theatre, and Performing Arts”. The main objective of the guide is to make available the existing information on available funding for international travel of artists and cultural professionals, and to gather resources for international cultural exchanges. Dr. Hentschker, who hails from Germany, is the Executive Director of Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and currently teaches Theatre History at Columbia University.

The Salons are organized as an open forum, for short and often more informal presentations in a standing room only space, offering a meaningful and intimate experiences.

Changemakers and compelling voices come from all different sectors under one roof to learn, to share, and to strike up new partnerships. Christine MOSER, leading diplomat and director of the Austrian Cultural Forum ( a key partner of Albanian Institute) during her presentation.

RoseLee Goldberg, art historian and founding director, presented on the Performa Biennial 15, themed "Looking back to the Renaissance". The biennial is an investigative platform across disciplines, exploring not only the visual arts, but also dance, film, radio, sound, and architecture, reaffirming New York City as the performance capital of the world.

"It’s about the experience of coming together, building relationships, and having those conversations, and those conversations, those relationships will ultimately make the difference."

Thomas Michelon - Cultural Counselor, Services culturels de l'Ambassade de France, a division of the French Embassy in the United States. First imagined in the 1930's, General de Gaulle appointed Claude Lévi-Strauss as the first Cultural Counselor in 1945, with the mission of providing Americans with access and resources to engage with French culture and promote it in their own communities.

Counselor Michelon discussed the newly opened Albertine dedicated to bring to life the French government’s commitment to French-American intellectual exchange, and a space for all Francophiles living in the New York City.

The EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) is a network of cultural institutes, embassies, and diplomatic services form member states of the European Union engaged in cultural and diplomatic activities beyond their national borders. The network is active in over 120 countries, in all six continents around the world. EUNIC is a strong partner for international cultural affairs, due to its special expertise and world-spanning network.

Dr. Christoph Bartmann, Director of the Goethe-Institut New York and North America, EUNIC NY Vice-President; and Dino Korca, Director of the Albanian Institute New York, EUNIC NY President. (L-R)

The forum provides a unique platform for delegates to learn and openly share, to strike up partnerships, innovate, and ultimately, advance new narratives in the dialogue on global issues.

Alberto Merlo, cultural attaché, Spain Arts & Culture initiative by the Embassy of Spain’s Cultural Office in Washington, D.C.

“We do not mingle enough with minds that influence the world,” said Edwin Booth, the greatest American actor of his time. So in 1888, he turned to Mark Twain, and 13 other illustrious men-of-the-day to remedy this situation, and together they founded The Players... and the rest is history!

Sharing Perspectives
David Christopher TERRY, Independent Curator of Contemporary Art & Program Director at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) introduced his new initiative "Sharing Perspectives" – an ongoing research project, investigating and reporting the impact of art internationally. "People across all sectors share their experiences with art so that we may have a better understanding of how the arts can have an impact on individuals, communities, and the world around us."

Taulant MEHMETI in DUO/ performing modern jazz improvisation, drawing on the rhythms and rich musical traditions he grew up with. Taulant is an Albanian guitarist from Kosovo, based in New York

Exhibit organized and directed by Dino Korca, Albanian Institute New York
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Exhibit organized and curated by Albanian Institute New York for Google Cultural Institute, 2016.

In partnership with the following participating institutions:

• Austrian Cultural Forum New York
• Albanian Institute New York
• Arte Institute in New York
• Arts Council Malta in New York
• British Council USA
• Flanders House
• French Institute Alliance Francaise
• Dutch Culture USA
• Goethe-Institut New York
• Italian Cultural Institute
• Polish Cultural Institute
• Performa Arts
• Institute Cervantes New York
• Cultural Services of the French Embassy
• Consulate General of The Netherlands
• Consulate General of Estonia in New York
• Consulate General of Finland in New York
• Consulate General of France in New York
• Consulate General of Portugal in New York
• Consulate General of Spain in New York
• Consulate General of Slovak Republic
• Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
• General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.
• EU Delegation to the United Nations
• The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY)
• New York Foundation for the Arts
• The Japan Foundation

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All works in the collection of the Albanian Institute New York and © 2015 The Albanian Institute New York, unless otherwise noted.

Photography: Jordi Rubio

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