Cultural ExchangeCultural Exchange

Despite the devastation of Haiti, music and the arts are very much alive and are a vital part of that nation’s recovery, and the PCAH, NEA, IMLS, NEH and the Smithsonian are helping to save that cultural legacy. Photo by Ken Solomon
Despite the devastation of Haiti, music and the arts are very much alive and are a vital part of that nation’s recovery, and the PCAH, NEA, IMLS, NEH and the Smithsonian are helping to save that cultural legacy. Photo by Ken Solomon
Engaging audiences here and abroad sometimes occurs in unusual places like this town green in Waterville, Maine.
Engaging audiences here and abroad sometimes occurs in unusual places like this town green in Waterville, Maine.
In Peru, a filmmaker supported by the President’s Committee and its cultural partners meets with his audience to discuss his film.
In Peru, a filmmaker supported by the President’s Committee and its cultural partners meets with his audience to discuss his film.

As a global power active on every continent, the United States has a vital national interest in cultural and scholarly programs that increase our understanding of other cultures and peoples. The President’s Committee plays a leadership role in cultural cooperation, working with its partners to elevate the exchange of ideas, information, art and other aspects of culture among nations and peoples.

Film Forward

Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue is a continuation of an international public/private cultural exchange effort by the President’s Committee and the Sundance Institute in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to foster cross-cultural understanding through cinematic storytelling.

International Cultural Partnerships

The President's Committee supports collaborations and partnerships that advance cultural cooperation through the exchange of ideas, information, art and other aspects of culture among nations and peoples. One such partnership is the Smithsonian Haitian Cultural Recovery Project.