The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs creates long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries by providing Americans with access to international artists, while sharing America's rich culture of performing arts with international audiences. Our arts programs include:
American Arts Incubator
American Arts Incubator uses new media and/or mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in Asia to advance U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as women’s empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment.
American Film Showcase
The American Film Showcase brings award-winning contemporary American films to audiences around the world to offer a view of American society and culture as seen by independent documentary filmmakers.
American Music Abroad
American Music Abroad artists represent the new generation of musical ambassadors, reaching beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and the general public.
The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations.
The Department of State supports the official U.S. participation at select international art exhibitions called biennales.
CenterStage brings international performing artists in dance, music and theater to the U.S. to develop and manage month-long tours complemented by lectures, demonstrations, and artist-to-artist exchanges.
Community Engagement through the Arts
Community Engagement through the Arts uses mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in South and Central America and Africa to advance U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as women’s empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment.
DanceMotion USA is a series of tours by a select number of American contemporary dance companies that increase cross-cultural understanding between the United States and countries around the world.
International Writing Program (IWP)
The International Writing Program (IWP) brings together rising and established literary stars from 120 countries to spend a semester exploring the creative writing process.
The Museums Connect program is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges.
OneBeatSM is an international music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy. Musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities.