The Arts as Cultural Diplomacy Conference 2012 explored how the arts can be used to change theory into practice and express, create and improve social awareness and diplomatic relations. The arts include a variety of mediums through which emotions and culture can be expressed: music, art, literature and sports, to name only a few. The program examined how the arts can be used within the field of cultural diplomacy to initiate intercultural dialogue and cooperation through movement, thought and active expression.
During the Conference, several participants presented projects and thesis developping their ideeas regarding how arts can play an important role in fostering peace and contribuating to strenghten international cooperation nowadays.
One of those participants is Leanne Hoogwaerts. Her paper, called “What role do museums and art institutions play in international relations today and specifically in the development of what Joseph Nye called “soft power”? “, focuses on explaining how museums and art institutions have developed to embody their role in soft power and how they can play educational roles in society by providing platforms for discussion.
The paper can be fully read here