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TransCultural Exchange

TransCultural Exchange's mission is to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through high-quality art projects, cultural exchanges and educational programming, most notably, a biennale International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts.


Historical Overview
Since its grassroots inception in 1989, TransCultural Exchange has worked directly with hundreds of artists, arts organizations, foundations, galleries, museums, and cultural centers in 60 countries to produce over 350 art projects, listed [here]. All of these have involved artists from different cultures, working across disciplines and, typically, include artist exchanges and collaborations as key components. The organization also provides professional development resources, new markets, and career opportunities for artists around the world through its social mediaResource web portaltalks and its International Conferences on Opportunities in the Arts. In addition to serving artists, the Conferences also facilitate new partnerships and exchanges between international organizations and educational institutions, leading to increased visibility, cultural understanding and economic activity.


Hailed as “one of the best things in the art world today,” by the renowned artist and founder of the London Biennale David Medella, TransCultural Exchange’s Conferences are the only of their kind, and have since become the organization’s chief activity. These Conferences bring together hundreds of international artists, residency directors, teachers, administrators, biennale organizers, cultural attachés, high level critics, curators and grant makers to network, share best practices and learn of new trends and developments. They include artist showcases, panels, round table discussions, receptions, workshops and portfolio reviews. For many young artists, the Conferences are the missing link between academia and a real world art practice. For more established artists, they are an essential forum for networking with their peers around the globe.


TransCultural Exchange’s nearly three-decades of service in the field of cultural exchange, across various disciplines has resulted in a large and loyal global network, ensuring the success of its projects. These efforts have earned the organization considerable acclaimsupport and awards from institutions such as the Northeast Chapter of the International Art Critics Association (AICA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Massachusetts Cultural Council, Asian Cultural Council, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Boston Foundation, Swedish Embassy, the Netherland-American Foundation and numerous consulates, among others.


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