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.

Programs
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arts Envoy

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.

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Biennales

The Department of State supports the official U.S. participation at select international art exhibitions called biennales.

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CenterStage

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.

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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.

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DanceMotion

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.

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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.

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Museums Connect

The Museums Connect program is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges.

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Next Level

Next Level is a unique arts-based exchange employs multi-disciplinary hip hop collaborations, and explores and addresses conflict resolution strategies by sending up to 20 American beat makers, DJs, B-Boys/B-Girls (or experts of other types of hip hop dance), or MCs in teams of 5 artists to lead four- to six-week exchange programs in various countries.

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One Beat

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.

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