Communities Connecting Heritage

Communities Connecting Heritage

Country: Global
Duration: September 2016 to August 2018
Funder: U.S. Department of State

Everyday individuals in our communities – storytellers, artists, musicians, and others – are at the center of vibrant societies, and are in a unique position to preserve cultural heritage.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Programs Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, World Learning is administering the Communities Connecting HeritageSM Program. The program will engage at-risk communities, empower youth, and build partnerships between communities in the U.S. and in key strategic world regions through exchange projects that explore cultural heritage topics. These projects will advance tangible and intangible cultural heritage appreciation and preservation through community outreach and public education and by reinforcing positive narratives. The partnerships/projects will initially be virtual and then most will culminate in reciprocal in-person exchanges as well as public exhibitions. 

Six international partnerships will be selected through a competitive process for funding in spring 2017. Successful partnerships will have approximately six months to execute their projects. Throughout the program there will be significant guidance, facilitation, and support from World Learning.

U.S. Embassies may nominate up to two international organizations to participate until 11:59pm EST January 13, 2017.

U.S.-based organizations should submit an inquiry directly to World Learning to receive the online application. Deadline for U.S.-based organizations to submit their application is 11:59pm EST January 27, 2017.

The goals of the CCH Program are to:

  • Promote mutual understanding between cultures;
  • Showcase cultural organizations as vibrant, engaged and influential for community and national identity;
  • Increase awareness and understanding of American art, culture, values, and society for international participants and audiences;
  • Foster opportunities for education outreach and community engagement with diverse and underserved communities, especially youth, women, ethnic minorities, and refugees;
  • Provide unique opportunities for artistic collaboration, engagement, and public exhibition between American and international participants; and
  • Create opportunities for sustaining relationships and collaboration between U.S. and international participants and institutions.

Download the Communities Connecting Heritage informational flyer.


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