The Swarovski Foundation announced today 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.
A four-week search has begun for creatives worldwide aged 18 to 25 from disciplines including fashion, design, art, architecture, science, technology and engineering – with no limit to creative medium.
They are looking for those leaders who 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.
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.
“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
Annemarie Hou, acting Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships highlights the importance of engaging the creative sector, explaining: “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.”
Find out more here: sfcreatives.org
ABOUT THE SWAROVSKI FOUNDATION
The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2013 by Nadja Swarovski to honour the philanthropic spirit of Daniel Swarovski, who founded the crystal business 125 years ago in the Tyrolean Alps. It reinforces the company’s commitment to philanthropy and charitable giving.