If there is a growing tendency towards tribalism and cultural divisiveness, the Loft is an antidote — a home for dialogue and inspiration on how to craft culture for the common good.
Located across the Congress Centre, the LOFT is anchored by MASTERWORKS, a maker-space with master artisans from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. The artisans will work in cross-cultural pairs to co-create new works throughout the Meeting. Developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler museums of Asian art and the Turquoise Mountain charity, MASTERWORKS explores the Annual Meeting theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” through a focus on the act of making.
The LOFT will also include more than 30 sessions on understanding how exclusion is embodied in individuals and communities; sharing tools for how to foster constructive dialogue on sensitive and divisive issues such as harassment, race, class privilege, LGBTQ identity, or mental health; and collaborating on ideas for creating a more equal and inclusive world, through several sessions co-designed with Annual Meeting participants, on topics such as reclaiming public space, the implications of correcting history, technology for justice, behavioral science for inclusivity, and much more.