The arts and cultural sector holds great potential to be an essential part of the necessary transformation process towards a sustainable society. What and how can creative methods and cultural practices contribute to societal transformation towards sustainability? How can a change of perspective, social acceptance for behavioral change and positive design competence be achieved?

Technological solutions such as increasing energy efficiency, switching to electro mobility or building renovation will not be enough to reduce climate impacts and meet the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. Even less to fulfill our responsibility to work together fairly at the local and global level. Rather, a profound transformation process is required that questions our consumption and economic patterns, as well as re-evaluates socially anchored aspirations for performance, financial recognition and material goods in terms of their need fulfillment for well-being and satisfaction.
A critical discourse involving the arts can build bridges between social actors and contribute to strengthening social cohesion and regional development. Acting with foresight and prudence, making positive contributions, and taking responsibility for one's own actions are essential drivers for sustainable development. The Mozarteum University Salzburg wants to set an example and actively participate in the necessary social discourse. Sustainability is anchored in the university structure as one of the overall strategic goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim at fair coexistence and better living and working conditions, serve as an orientation framework for sustainable action.