Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Laura Bush Launches “Global Cultural Initiative”

Read the full announcement of the initiative from the Department of State.

The U.S. Government has announced a major new initiative to coordinate, enhance and expand U.S. cultural diplomacy efforts. In partnership with public and private cultural entities, the U.S. Department of State will build upon the work of other government agencies and the broader cultural arts community to emphasize the importance of the arts as a platform for international engagement and dialogue. Federal funding for cultural exchange programs has more than tripled since 2001 and this comprehensive initiative galvanizes the strong commitment of the Administration and the Department to cultural diplomacy.

The initiative will begin with partnerships of the State Department with
* The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
* The American Film Institute (AFI),
* The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH),
* The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA),
* The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and
* The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
These partnerships will leverage a broad range of resources for a multi-faceted series of projects designed to:
* Connect foreign audiences with artists and art forms from the United States;
* Share U.S. expertise in arts management and performance; and
* Educate young people and adults in the United States and abroad about the arts and cultures of other countries.
Read the article in the Voice of America on the initiative.

1 comment:

John Daly said...

Richard Arndt asked me to post this comment:

I collect this sort of thing for my files. A friend summed it up -- glitz, glamour, and bullsh-t. Despite its obvious electoral timing, it is however an unusual initiative in that there has never been such interagency cooperation in history.

The problem: you can pump all kinds of cultural wealth out to the State Department's field Missions, but when you have destroyed the field's capacity to handle, stage and exploit such cultural materials, you are wasting your time/money and probably counter-producing.