Today, the Swarovski Foundation announces the launch of Swarovski Foundation Institute: Creatives for Our Future, a new global grant program designed with advisor the United Nations Office for Partnerships to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainability.
SFI: Creatives for Our Future commences with a four-week open call to all creatives worldwide aged 18 to 25 from disciplines including fashion, design, art, architecture, science, technology and engineering– with no limit to creative medium.
Successful applicants will have a keen interest in, demonstration of, or exemplary potential to use the creative process to accelerate awareness, technologies or solutions for sustainable development. The Swarovski Foundation aims to draw in a diverse pool of applicants from across the globe and bring new voices and perspectives to the creative process.
“We are incredibly proud to launch the Swarovski Foundation Institute: Creatives for Our Future program with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and as part of our ongoing mission to foster education, creativity and a sustainable future. This ground-breaking program will empower the next generation of creative talent to unlock innovative new approaches to our global sustainability challenges and drive progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.” - Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board and Chairperson of the Swarovski Foundation
Selected grantees will receive financial support to further their practice and design new pathways for a better world. The funding is paired with an educational program in collaboration with top international institutions, tailored mentorship and industry networking connections with guidance from the Swarovski Foundation. Each participating mentor, leaders in their field, will represent the broadest range of creative disciplines from fashion and art to technology and science.
Throughout the program, grantees will be provided support to develop the innovations and practices outlined in their applications and drive progress toward the Decade of Action to Deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The grantees will be invited to present in September 2021 – around the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly – and 2021 was declared the International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development by the United Nations.
“In 2021, the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, we must work together to amplify the creativity and talent of young leaders. The Creatives for Our Future programme by the Swarovski Foundation Institute is a trailblazing initiative that is keeping the promise of the SDGs.” -Annemarie Hou, acting Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships
Further details on the program, application process and grants can be found on www.sfcreatives.org. Worldwide applications will be accepted from March 9th to April 9th, 2021. Successful grantees and a complete list of mentors and master teachers will be announced on April 21st to coincide with UN World Creativity and Innovation Day.