State Dept. Program Provides Professional Development to Visiting Artists
For those local to the Washington, DC metro area, tonight, The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts present a free performance featuring hip-hop artists from Argentina, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, and Vietnam on the Millennium Stage, Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 6:00 PM. As participants in the Cultural Visitors Program, this program provides artists like these with instructive and informative experiences in their discipline, exposing them to the creation and performance of world-class art, and giving them opportunities to develop relationships with U.S. arts professionals. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described these programs "as one of the 'smart power' elements that are integral to the State Department’s public diplomacy mission to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other nations."
How important do you think cultural exchange is to diplomatic relations between the U.S. and other countries?