Community Engagement through the Arts uses mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in South and Central America and Africa to advance U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as women’s empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment.
Working with a community to develop a tangible art work, the program reaches wide audiences, while also fostering in-depth engagement with specific groups, such as women and underserved youth. To further community engagement, the traveling American artists conduct workshops, master classes, talks, public events, and other outreach activities, in addition to designing and executing murals.
Community Engagement through the Arts is being implemented by Meridian International. American artists will travel abroad to Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for one month to hold workshops that reach a new community sector each week, culminating in the implementation of a joint, collaborative mural.
APPLY NOW! The Community Engagement through the Arts program is now accepting applications. Learn More: http://www.meridian.org/cultural-diplomacy/art-for-cultural-diplomacy/community-engagement-through-the-arts-exchange-program-for-american-mural-artists
PROGRAM LENGTH1 month
Eligibility and Application OverviewPublic applications are accepted.
- Emerging, mid-career or established visual artists
- Strong record of artistic accomplishments with some international experience
- Relevant experience working with youth and local communities, whether in urban or rural areas
- U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and currently residing in the U.S.
- Record of engaging with other artists, art educators, and other community members through master classes, workshops, discussions, and other outreach activities
Additional eligibility requirements for this program may vary by country. Individuals who are interested should contact the partnering non-profit organizations, listed below, for more information.