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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Visual Arts

Mission: The need for cross-cultural sensitivity, coupled with innovative problem solving skills is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. TransCultural Exchange addresses this need. Through collaborations with renowned artists, schools and cultural institutions around the world, the award winning organization has produced dozens of high profile, public art works. These works serve as dynamic testaments of global cooperation. Additionally by placing these installations directly within the public sphere, they become an integral part of the fabric of everyday life, at no cost to their viewers. Further these public art works serve as viable and non-threatening means for bringing people together. The works? international components, the organization?s artist exchanges and interactive workshops also help to promote cross-cultural sensitivity at a time when this need is becoming more and more pressing.Every year both K-12 and university students throughout the world take part in the organization's virtual (local, national and international) pen pal and artistic exchanges. These activities foster understanding and respect of others' differences, helping to turn strangers into neighbors. According to UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, "Culture in this sense is not only an instrument of peace and conciliation but also a powerful factor of development, and perhaps, even a key to a shared planetary future." (www.unesco.org/culture) Art is one of the few media that can cross political, economic and social divides and is the basis for much of our increasingly visual mode of communication. TransCultural Exchange?s educational programs help teach visual literacy, the understanding of how images can communicate complex ideas. This skill arguably is as important as the ability to read. Both are necessary tools in today's global market.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

TCE is really an extraordinary organization, bringing artists together across so many borders.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with TransCultural Exchange was one of the best working experiences I have had to this day. The organization is well run, efficient, and never loses sight of the main goal to promote the artistic exchange of ideas, creativity, and culture. Mary Sherman is brilliant and incredibly appreciative of her staff, which makes volunteers want to do the jobs given. I helped organize the first International Opportunities in the Arts Conference and I will always be grateful for that exposure. I met so many fascinating, inspiring people who were all very open to sharing ideas. TransCultural Exchange is taking on an extremely valuable role in the arts across the globe.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The arts are what saves a society. Transcultural Exchange is run by a visionary artist: Mary Sherman. Her mission is to bring artists together from all over the world, to exchange ideas and make lasting friendships. Ms Sherman is intelligent and comitted - once she starts something, she gives her all - in her case, 2,000%.
I attended her last arts seminar in Boston in 2009 and was very impressed with the quality of the attendees: both those taking the seminars and those people giving them. I am definitely going again this year, and will even apply to a few places for an Artist's Residency. I am proud to be affiliated with this unusual organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TCE is an unique art organization, very well developed into international communities; making understanding for different culture, and realize the 'good side effect' for the globalization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Transcultural Exchange Conference is an unique event in the Art World. Every 2 years it brings artists and Institutions from all over the world. Those 2 days are certainly the most exiting and vibrant in the year and so many ideas and projects are made. We are all looking forward to be part of the TCE again and share the same passion for the Art. 2 days in Boston will lead to so many special days all over the world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Through the tireless and inspired leadership of Mary Sherman, The TCE has grown significantly in breadth and depth. Most recently is the exciting and comprehensive biennial Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts, begun in 2007, which will see its third incarnation this April. Needless to say, these conferences provide a wonderful opportunity to network with a diverse group of artists, critics, cultural leaders and curators. As a beneficiary of this networking, I participated in two different collaborations (both documented in catalogues published by TCE) and attended an artist residency in South Korea. All three of these experiences broadened my work and exposed me to differing points of view and a wider audience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the two years that I've been working with Transcultural Exchange I've learned a great deal about both the art world in general and what it takes to be a professional artist. TCE, as we like to call it among ourselves, caters to artists of all ages and mediums, who are ready to take a step further, to take charge of their careers and meet other professionals in their field. For the conferences, TCE brings museum curators, residency directors, grant experts, artists and mentors from all over the world. In one weekend you gain a lifetime of networking and learning... My personal gain has been two folded: as a young professional working behind the scene, learning the works and getting to know other professionals in my field, and as an artist ready to take the stage. But one can never neglect the people you are surrounded by, like the director Mary Sherman, the staff and volunteers I've worked with, or the board. They've showed me both kindness and excellence. Which is why I am continuing to give my time and experience to Transcultural Exchange.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Transcultural Exchange Inc is a visionary organization bringing together international opportunities for artists for residencies and museum exhibitions in an open and benevolent way. It is unique in that its primary goal is to help, to network, and to provide opportunities first over all other concerns including that of the organization.

10

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great honor of meeting Mary Sherman - TCE Executiv Director - while I lived in Boston. Immediately I wanted to get involved in this non profit that she runs with a great sense of charism. Her energy and enthousiasm are infectious! I took great pride in helping at the accomplishments of the projects and also in join the Board members meetings who welcomed me very warmly. Professionalism, efficiency, understanding and creativity are the key words for the way the organization is run. One of my best work experience so far remains my participation in the preparation of the International Conference for Opportunities in the Arts. I was amazed to attend this successfull event runs with so much ease eventhough it broughts together in Boston people from all over the world. Back in my country (France) and working as a consultant in a French Cultural Organization I am keeping in mind all that I learned in being part of that amazing global project. A great exemple on how to manage in an enterprising way a non profit. This Organization deserves all the success and the supports that it gets.

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Transcultural Exchange Inc in Boston organizes opportunities for artists like me, to identify and apply for artist residencies opportunities in the United States and all over the world. The organization runs a three day conference every other year in Boston and I was fortunate to attend the last conference. It was simply incredible. People with opportunities to offer for artists and artists looking to share got together for three inspiring days of lectures, discussions and enjoyable social events. I've been to many conferences but this was the most enjoyable and beneficial for me. I have new friends in Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Iceland as the result. We have been sharing our interests and stores via email and hope to see each other again at the next conference in Boston, April, 2011. This organization is an absolute gem!