International cultural exchange is a valuable tool for fostering
understanding, uniting people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, addressing
What’s at Stake
Funding for cultural exchange has never recovered since the elimination
of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and USIA’s Arts America Program.
The State Department’s cultural exchange program funds are climbing from a low
point of only $2 million a few years ago to an estimated $9 million in FY09. An
increased appropriation would expand the State Department’s ability to foster
mutual understanding between the
Tools and Resources
Cultural Exchange Funding and Resource List
This comprehensive list provides cultural exchange funding and resources which are available from the private, government and nonprofit sectors.
State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through its Cultural Programs Division, supports a variety of cultural exchange programs that further our nation's foreign policy, foster America's artistic excellence and promote mutual understanding and respect for other cultures and traditions.
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