Art in Embassies Overview 2017

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Both Roosevelt and Lincoln understood that the life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization…art is the great unifying and humanizing experience.” – John F. Kennedy

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Not Guns nor Butter

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But Original Works of Art

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Are now being used

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to portray

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our proud cultural achievements

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Senator Thomas Mcintyre, September 9, 1965, Congressional Record

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Art in Embassies

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creativity

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collaboration

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cultural diplomacy

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art in embassies

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is a landmark public-private partnership

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between the federal government

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and the american and international art communities

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1953

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initiated by the museum of modern art

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established by President Kennedy a decade later

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it’s now a global program

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with a focus on contemporary visual arts

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in over 200 diplomatic venues

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in 180 countries

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permanent collections

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temporary exhibitions

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artist exchanges

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publications

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more than 20,000 artists

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(running list of artists)

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galleries

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museums

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collectors

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universities and foundations

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today the core mission has broadened

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for a richer cultural exchange

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between artists and host countries

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this work has been in North Carolina, New York,

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It’s on a constant journey

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and now has a resting place here in Madagascar

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Art in Embassies

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fosters greater understanding

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and celebrates the creative spirit

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in all of us

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