COUNTRIES: United States
DURATION: 09/01/2017 - 10/01/2018
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State
CONTACTVladimir.spencer@worldlearning.org

Program Description

The Arts Envoy Program sends key artists, musicians, and cultural experts from the U.S. abroad to interact and consult with vital foreign audiences across the globe.

The program promotes an improved understanding of U.S. social, political, and economic perspectives, and enhances awareness of U.S. culture and society. The program aims to establish long-lasting relationships between foreign audiences, institutions, and Arts Envoys, with the goal of sharing skills and knowledge on a global scale. Engagements include performances, workshops, meetings, seminars, and appearances in foreign media, which address topics identified by the U.S. Department of State and embassies.

The Arts Envoy program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

Program Goals

  • Support U.S. foreign policy goals by providing opportunities for U.S. cultural experts to meet and interact with foreign public audiences around the globe.
  • Identify and recruit appropriate U.S cultural experts to undertake public diplomacy programs that reinforce or reflect U.S. Department of State strategic initiatives and requests from U.S. embassies and consulates.
  • Promote an understanding of U.S. cultural, social, political, and economic contexts to foreign audiences to enhance their awareness of U.S. culture and society.
  • Engage in conversations that enable foreign publics to learn more about U.S. culture, society, and institutions, in order to counter negative stereotypes about the U.S. and to support the positive development and growth of civil society and cultural and social institutions in those countries.
  • Establish sustained relationships and connections between Arts Envoys and foreign audiences and institutions with the purpose of sharing knowledge and skills with their communities.

Visit the U.S. Department of State website to read more about the Arts Envoy Program.