IDEAS CITY explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that art and culture are essential to the vitality of today’s metropolis, making it a better place to live, work, and play. Founded by the New Museum in 2011, IDEAS CITY is a major collaborative initiative between hundreds of arts, education, and community organizations that consists of two distinct components: The biennial IDEAS CITY Festival in New York City, and IDEAS CITY Global Conferences in key urban centers around the world.

“As an institution dedicated to new art and new ideas, the New Museum strongly believes that the cultural community is essential to the vitality of the future city. The cultural sphere is still a relatively untapped source of enormously powerful creative capital, especially in its potential to stimulate economic development and foster greater innovation in other fields. The IDEAS CITY initiative is an unprecedented step in expanding both our institution’s mission and its potential as a community hub, drawing the creative population together as agents for change.” —Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, New Museum


IDEAS CITY Festival, a biennial Festival in New York City, includes conferences, workshops, an innovative StreetFest, and more than one hundred independent projects and public events that are forums for exchanging ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity.

Learn more about the Festival, browse the gallery of the 2013 edition, watch the panels, and more.

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Alternatively, you can browse the archives of the 2011 edition of the Festival.

Global Conferences

Global Conferences take place in key cities around the world, focusing on the unique situations of each city as well as its context in relation to global urbanism. The Conferences are organized in association with regional partners and are dedicated to growing a global community focused on intertwining the arts and urban futures.

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