Creativity & Innovation

In 2014, the French-American Foundation and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication launched a two-year initiative focused on the role that arts and education play in fostering creativity and innovation. The initiative explores the growing importance of the creative industries in both France and the United States, how the arts are changing in the digital age, and how, in the age of globalization, the education systems, including arts education, of both countries are subsequently evolving.


New York City
December 8-12, 2014

In December 2014 program participants met in New York for a week-long study tour focusing on initiatives that foster innovation in the arts, innovative artistic and cultural collaborations, and innovation in arts education. The week’s program included meetings with:

  • Etsy, a socially and environmentally conscious marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods
  • Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Deutsche Bank's organizations branch dedicated to community development in the Americas grounded in the tradition of social responsibility, creator of the Arts & Enterprise program to encourage the use of arts, culture and the creative sector to stimulate community revitalization and neighborhood economic development
  • Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, a new initiative launched by Pratt Institute that provides designers with resources to transform their ideas into successful businesses by bringing together high potential fashion designers, industrial designers, and technologists
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Sackler Center for Arts Education serves as a dynamic 21st-century education hub and learning laboratory that offers innovative public programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts that encourage exploration and experimentation with new technologies
  • NYC Department of Education, Office of Arts and Special Projects provides New York City public school communities – students, teachers, school leaders and parents – with information and resources that will enable every student to achieve a full education in the arts

To see the full program from the inaugural Fostering Creativity & Innovation program in New York City, click here.

A delegation of high-level French cultural and artistic professionals visited New York City in December 2014 to participate in the first study tour focusing on successful initiatives that foster creative entrepreneurship. French participants included:

  • Marie-Pierre Bouchaudy, Policy Officer for the integration of culture in the development of the Grand Paris
  • Vanina Géré, Professor of art history and theory at the National Superior School of Art of Nancy, and Co-founder of the Art Market Department for ARTEM (Art, Technology and Management, a collaboration between an art school, an engineering school, and a business school in Nancy, France)
  • Jakob Haesler, Startup Entrepreneur
  • Margaret Iragui Lejeune, Professor at the Camondo School of Interior and Product Design, and Interior Designer
  • Sophie Pene, Sociolinguist and Anthropologist of digital practices, professor at Paris Descartes University, and Former Head of Research at the ENSCI School of Design, Paris
  • Perrine Warme-Janville, Policy Officer for the Americas, French Ministry of Culture and Media

Paris & Lyon
March 16-20, 2015

The 2015 study tour took place in Paris and Lyon, France featuring successful initiatives that foster creative (and cultural) entrepreneurship; socially responsible, sustainable, and innovative creative businesses; interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations across academic institutions and fields of practice; and innovative educational models and ecosystems.

A delegation of high-level cultural and artistic professionals from New York then traveled to France in March 2015 to participate in the reciprocal study tour focusing on successful initiatives that foster creative (and cultural) entrepreneurship; socially responsible, sustainable, and innovative creative businesses; interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations across academic institutions and fields of practice; and innovative educational models and ecosystems. During this weeklong study tour, American delegates met with directors of key cultural institutions in Paris and Lyon, including:

 

  • Démos, (Dispositif d’Education Musicale et Orchestrale à vocaction Sociale), an initiative offering classical music programs to children and teenagers from low-income communities
  • Bpifrance, a public investment bank that finances ventures from seed phase to IPO, through loans, guarantees, and equity
  • The Family, an initiative that works with and empowers entrepreneurs (regardless of educational achievement or capital) as they pursue repeatable, scalable, and profitable business models, particularly non-linear ventures
  • École nationale supérieure de Beaux-Arts de Lyon, (Lyon School of Fine Arts), trains the next generation of artists and creators to become successful practitioners of their discipline through high-level professionalization
  • Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, (Lyon Music and Dance Conservatory) creates a unique learning environment for its students, guiding them towards the mastery of their art and permanent creativity

To see the full program from the Fostering Creativity & Innovation program in Paris and Lyon, click here.

Selected for their impressive professional backgrounds and diverse fields of practice, the American delegates who participated in this year’s study tour in France include:

  • Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust  for Public Space
  • Lane Harwell, Executive Director, DanceNYC
  • Christian Hubert, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Terreform ONE
  • Debera Johnson, Founder and Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
  • Sheetal Prajapati, Assistant Directors, Learning and Artists Initiatives, MoMA