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The Creative Arts Exchanges Program links American arts administrators, artists and cultural institutions with their counterparts in other countries by partially funding non-profit institutional projects involving two-way international cultural exchanges. Only U.S. non-profit cultural organizations may apply for a grant under this program. The program fosters on-going relationships between cultural organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Grant awards cover program expenses including air fare, per diem, and administrative costs, and are contingent on private sector cost-sharing by the applicant organization. Grant competitions are announced in the Federal Register. Project topics or country preferences are established by the Department of State (DOS) and its overseas personnel. Once a grant is awarded to a U.S. organization, the DOS Program Officer and Foreign Service Officers overseas work with a grantee to shape the exchange, select foreign participants, and monitor the project. Recent project topics have included: the arts as a tool for economic development; cultural tourism; cultural heritage; conflict resolution strategies; and the arts as a means to increase public awareness of societal issues.

Organizations both large and small have conducted successful Creative Arts Exchanges. Preference is given to applications that include reciprocal residencies by participants. The average amount of a Creative Arts Exchanges grant is between $35,000 and $60,000. The next open competition for Creative Arts Exchanges grants is scheduled for Spring, 2001. Recent grant recipients include:
1) The American Association of Museums, for the International Partnerships Among Museums Program;
2) American Dance Festival, for an arts managementprogram at Duke University;
3) The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, for a residency program in arts management, visual or performing arts;
4) Gash/Voigt Dance Theatre, for a creative project focused on the roles of women in Greece, Turkey and the U.S;
5) Madame Walker Theatre Center, for a cultural heritage and management partnership involving arts organizations in Ohio, Indiana, Texas, New Jersey, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe;
6) Mid-America Arts Alliance, for an arts presenters partnership project with Mexico;
7) New York University, for an educational theater project on health issues in South Africa;
8) and Theater Communications Group, for a theater partnership project between theaters in the U.S. and Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

For further information, contact: E-mail Tom Carmichael
Cultural Programs Division Staff (ECA/PE/C/CU)
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
SA-44, 301 4th Street, SW, Suite 568
Washington, D.C. 20547
(phone) 202/619-4809
(fax) 202/619-6315

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