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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC is pleased to announce an online summit on April 22 and 23, Healing a Broken World, at which renowned Latin American and Caribbean cultural leaders, artists, economists, urban planners, architects, and more will address concerns of recovery and growth in the post-pandemic era. Over the course of the two-day summit, there will be a keynote talk and three panel discussions, as well as the premieres of five specially commissioned performance works.

On Thursday, April 22 at 10am (EDT), the summit will begin with the exhibition On the Way to Healing, which features artists such as Bijari (Brazil), Lorena Wolffer (Mexico), Maria José Machado (Ecuador), Christopher Cozier (Trinidad and Tobago), and Nicole L’Huillier and Patricia Domínguez (Chile). These special commissions will address urgent social issues, offering both symbolic and practical forms of repair and calls to action. 

The series of panel discussions will consider the impact of cultural institutions in reimagining communities, artists as first-responders in times of crisis, and the future of our cities and their technological advances in light of remote work, learning, isolation, and new platforms for communication and mobility. Distinguished speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, the UK, and the US will take part in the discussions and contribute their ideas to the summit’s website and a publication to follow. 

The summit is curated by Steven Henry Madoff, founding Chair of the Masters in Curatorial Practice program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Manuela Reyes, Senior Associate and curator of the IDB’s Creativity and Culture Unit. The event will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation.

For free registration and further information about the event, visit

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