Cultural ExchangeCultural Exchange

2016 U.S. Cultural Delegation to Cuba:NEH Chair William Adams (left); Cuban Vice Minister of Culture Fernando Rojas; Megan Beyer, PCAH ED; NEA Chair Jane Chu, Sect.of the Smithsonian David Skorton; Dr. Rolando Gonzalez Patricio, Rector of El Instituto Superior de Artes. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino
2016 U.S. Cultural Delegation to Cuba:NEH Chair William Adams (left); Cuban Vice Minister of Culture Fernando Rojas; Megan Beyer, PCAH ED; NEA Chair Jane Chu, Sect.of the Smithsonian David Skorton; Dr. Rolando Gonzalez Patricio, Rector of El Instituto Superior de Artes. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino
American singer and songwriter Usher performs at a concert at El Fabrica de Arte Cubano with Cuban musician Aldo López Gavilán.
American singer and songwriter Usher performs at a concert at El Fabrica de Arte Cubano with Cuban musician Aldo López Gavilán.
PCAH Delegation artist violinist Joshua Bell plays for students at elementary school Escuela Manuel Fernandez Roig.
PCAH Delegation artist violinist Joshua Bell plays for students at elementary school Escuela Manuel Fernandez Roig.
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.
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

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.

Cuba Cultural Delegation

Building on President Obama’s March visit to Cuba, the President's Committee and its cultural agency partners, the National Endowment for the Humanties, National Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution led a delegation of some of America’s most distinguished writers, artists, musicians, and cultural leaders to advance deeper cooperation and greater opportunities for people-to-people artistic and cultural collaborations with Cuba. The visit took place place from April 18-21, 2016.

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.