November 7th, 2010
In 2008, Canadian Heritage asked Che, Chris Kang (former Executive Director of Schools without Borders) and Gavin Sheppard (CEO of the Remix Project) to be at the helm of the largest youth arts policy forum to ever take place in the western hemisphere. Che took the role of Execute Director for the initiative, titled: Ignite the Americas Youth Arts Policy Forum, which was an initiative that brought together young artists, industry professionals, policy experts and government authorities from 30 countries across the Americas to explore and develop effective ways to amplify the power that arts and culture has in mitigate violence and poverty, build social inclusion and generate economic opportunities for communities. Making sure that all the findings of the forum didn’t just sit on a shelf and collect dust, Che went on a mission and presented the findings in Barbados at the Fourth Inter American Meeting on Culture of the Organization of American States for Cultural Ministers and Highest Appropriate Authorities, to The Inter-American Committee on Culture of the OAS in Washington, to the Ibero-American Congress on Culture in Sao Paulo Brazil and at the UN-Habitat Safer Cities forum at Harvard University as well as to artists and arts practitioners on a grassroots level in his day to day environments. Ignite lay the groundwork for meaningful relationships and partnerships which are bearing fruits today. Che continues to build his artistic networks hemispherically and globally, both learning from and sharing the abundance of knowledge that exists.