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Community LIFT's Creative Placemaker selected as one of five Memphis Professionals to Attend Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovators Forum

Community LIFT's Creative Placemaker selected as one of five Memphis Professionals to Attend Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovators Forum

Five professionals from Memphis have been awarded scholarships to attend the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators III in Salzburg, Austria.

The Kresge Foundation scholarships went to five professionals from Memphis, among them, Leni Stoeva, creative placemaking coordinator for Community LIFT. Leni Stoeva, born Elena Stoeva (junior) is a Young Arts Patron, and an Arts Memphis Fellow. The Arts Memphis Community Engagement Fellows were awarded the Robert E. Guard award this year through Americans for the Arts, which recognizes and celebrates exemplary work at the intersection of the arts and community life. Leni Stoeva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and raised in Memphis, TN. She is a visual artist and the Creative Placemaking Coordinator for Soulsville USA neighborhood, home to legendary Stax Records. 

The YCI Forum, an annual series that brings together 50 global culture and arts professionals for one week to foster creative innovation and entrepreneurship, will be held in October. YCI fellows are selected through an application and nomination process. Next-generation innovators in the culture and arts sector are providing some of the most imaginative new impulses for social improvement and sustainable economic development around the world today. Young artists, creative entrepreneurs and cultural leaders are demonstrating the creative vision, talent, and energy that our societies so desperately need to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) will highlight and seek to leverage the great potential of young cultural leaders as change agents – particularly those utilizing entrepreneurial techniques - to make the arts more dynamic, accessible, and impactful across the cultural sector as well as within business, government, and civil society. Participants and Format Each annual YCI cohort is comprised of ten expert facilitators and fifty young cultural innovators between the ages of 25 and 35 from around the world. The group are balanced in terms of gender, genre, and geographic representation. Most of the participants come from “culture hubs” that SGS is developing with partners on all continents. The “culture hubs” form the core of the YCI multi-year project. Participants are selected through a highly competitive application and nomination process, to ensure outstanding quality and diversity of professional knowledge and experience within the Forum.