Special event

Fostering Connections Through Cultural Diplomacy

October 23, 2017

Alternate Title BAM and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance present Fostering Connections Through Cultural Diplomacy—a panel discussion co-hosted by Seán Curran and DanceMotion USASM, Oct 23
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description BAM and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance present “Fostering Connections Through Cultural Diplomacy,” a panel discussion featuring artists and policy experts on Monday, Oct 23 at 6:30pm at the Jack Crystal Theater (111 Second Ave, 5th floor, NY, NY). The panel will explore the effectiveness of international cultural exchange programs as strategies to establish connections across borders. The discussion will focus on a deeper understanding of ‘soft power’ in cultural diplomacy and its implementation via programs like the DanceMotion USASM international exchange initiative, administered by BAM.                            

Panelists include Reggie Wilson (choreographer/artistic director of Fist & Heel Performance Group); Joseph Merante (CEO, Humpty Dumpty Institute and former US Foreign Service Officer); Helena Kane Finn (former Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State), and Adrienne Bryant (executive director of Dance Heginbotham). The discussion will be moderated by Elmira Bayrasli (author, co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted), and introduced by choreographer/dancer Seán Curran and BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo.
The event includes three former participants in the DanceMotion USASM program—Seán Curran, Reggie Wilson, and Adrienne Bryant. Now entering its seventh and final year, this dynamic cultural program has supported United States foreign policy goals by connecting Americans with overseas entrepreneurs and social leaders through professional development opportunities, outreach and educational events, and performances.
To date, DanceMotion USASM has engaged with more than 125,000 participants in 55 countries and has reached more than 40 million people online. It is an integral part of the US State Department’s effort to connect people—particularly youth and marginalized communities—through cultural exchanges worldwide. The program also has provided rich experiences for the US-based dance companies and choreographers, who advance their own careers and professional development through their work with internationally-based artistic colleagues.
Identifier 2017f.SE.01024