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American Spaces Programs by Country

The Office of American Spaces oversees a network of more than 600 open-access cultural centers supported by the U.S. government. These American Spaces, located in more than 140 countries, serve to connect the world with the United States. Modeled after modern American libraries, American Spaces receive millions of visitors each year. These technologically-equipped Spaces share American culture and values with foreign audiences providing free access to American books, movies, and programs that demonstrate American values. As diverse as the communities they serve, the American Spaces are grouped into three broad categories: U.S. government-operated American Centers, independently-operated Binational Centers primarily located in Latin America, and American Corners, which are partner spaces that reside within a variety of local institutions such as libraries or universities.

Started after World War I to connect with foreign audiences, American Spaces impart a welcoming and inspiring American environment. They promote the English language, educational opportunities in the United States, cultural programming, information about the United States, and engagement with alumni of U.S. government exchange programs. Since 2014, the Spaces have increased in popularity, doubling the number of visitors.

While the Spaces and their partner relationships are managed by U.S. Embassies and Consulates, the Office of American Spaces provides financial support to the Spaces, strategic guidance, programming resources, and training of American Spaces staff. This support is implemented on local and regional levels through the office’s Regional Public Engagement Specialists (REPS), a group of Foreign Service Specialists who are posted in over 20 Missions abroad. These specialists are the first line of contact for Embassies and Consulates seeking guidance in delivering high-impact programming through their American Spaces. The office also oversees an American Spaces website that provides guidance on how to manage an American Space.

For more information about the American Spaces program contact: americanspaces@state.gov.