The 2017 Art of Diplomacy Conference
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and the Montana World Affairs Council were pleased to present the second annual Art of Diplomacy conference. The Art of Diplomacy was again held in conjunction with the Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) in Missoula, MT and featured experts in foreign policy, culture and history, as well as internationally renowned artists for a unique Mansfield Center conference that blended world class discussions and performances.
This year, the conference took place January 12 and January 13, 2017.
Both days featured a noon-time panel during the VIBE competition in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana.
The first evening event was a semi-formal gala with a gourmet international tasting reception followed by music, dance and story-telling. This was a paid event limited to 120 participants.
The second evening was a public symposium with famous dancers, musicians and artists, who shared their life stories and crafts. This was free to the public, but registration was required.
Both days featured daytime panel discussions during the VIBE competition, and the evening of January 13 featured a public program with a light reception, panel discussions and musical performances. Sessions focused on how the arts shape culture, including fighting racism and sexism, promoting democracy, and connecting communities.