About AFT

History of Art for Tomorrow

The New York Times has been convening the Art conference since 2015, as Art for Tomorrow from 2015 to 2017 and the Art Leaders Network in 2018. We decided that, for the future growth and development of this conference, we needed to form a nonprofit structure around it and take it out of the commercial structure of The New York Times’s conference division. 

Former New York Times vice president of international conferences Achilles Tsaltas establishes the Democracy & Culture Foundation to take Art for Tomorrow forward, maintaining strong links with The Times and the paper’s senior journalists helping to curate and develop the agenda and moderating the event.

Previous speakers have included: H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons, Amy CappellazzoGlenn D. Lowry,  Dr. Tristram Hunt, Christo, Olafur Eliasson, Ann Temkin, Alicja Kwade, Michael Govan, Elif Shafak and many more.

The Democracy & Culture Foundation also organizes the Athens Democracy Forum.

Find out more about our previous events here.

2015

The inaugural Art for Tomorrow (then conceived by The New York Times) is first run in Doha, Qatar.

2015

Qatar Museums becomes the founding supporter of Art for Tomorrow.

2016

Art for Tomorrow runs again in Doha, Qatar.

2017

The third instalment of Art for Tomorrow runs in Doha.

2018

The event is renamed Art Leaders Network and runs in Berlin, Germany.

2019

For the future growth and development of this conference, we formed a non-profit structure around it and took it out of the commercial structure of The New York Times conference division. 

Achilles Tsaltas (ex-Vice President of International Conferences at The New York Times) set up an independent entity, the Democracy & Culture Foundation, to take the event forward as Art for Tomorrow. 

The event remains strongly linked with The New York Times through a licensing deal, and with senior NYT journalists helping to craft and develop the agenda and moderating the event.

2021

Art for Tomorrow is relaunched in Doha in November 2021.

2022

Art for Tomorrow moves to Athens and Hydra in Greece.

 

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