Six new cultural heritage projects have been selected by the U.S. Department of State and World Learning to receive funding as part of the inaugural Communities Connecting HeritageSM exchange program (CCH). CCH empowers youth to protect the cultural heritage of at-risk communities in the United States and around the world. Through the program, students, teachers, community leaders, and cultural heritage professionals will engage in online and in-person activities to initiate collaborations between communities in the United States and communities around the world.
Participants are matched with an overseas counterpart to collaboratively develop cultural heritage projects that engage their respective communities. CCH exchange partners will educate participants in skills and knowledge relevant to their projects, covering topics like digital storytelling and the role of artists in communities. Exchange participants will use what they’ve learned to complete various project activities, like curating public exhibitions, producing publications and creating their own artwork.
The virtual exchanges will commence in early 2018, leading up to the in-person exchanges and public exhibitions in the subsequent spring and summer.