TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Race

Location: 516 E Second St Suite 30 Boston MA 02127 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

acquiring organizational skills and insight into how a successful non-profit arts organization should be run.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money.

Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in that my global oulook was enlarged and I see the similarties among all of us.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would somehow find some money to hire people to help with the day to day things that need to be done.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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2003 to present

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

support TCE in any way I'd do.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I could have so many contacts with many artists and engaged many projects

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

organize it every year

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have collaborated with two different artist as a result of my contact with TCE and was awarded an artist fellowship from the Haslla Art Museum in South Korea, where I exhibited a mixed media installation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to readdress this question next year as I have recently come on board. At the moment I cannot think of anything I would like to change.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Artists, writers, musicians have a lot to learn about navigating their professional careers. This is where Transcultural Exchange comes in. Additionally, TCE is always running a large scale collaborative project, connecting artists from across the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create an online interactive resource tool for artists, with guides, links and lists of other organizations.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Probably give it all to artists and art organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every projects I followed (Tiles Project -London Biennale - Here There and Everywhere...) all the participants were delighted to be part of it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

to attend the International Conference that it organizes every two years in Boston. A great place for learning on professionnal issues for artists and also networking with the "right" people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always genuine and dedicated people to their tasks.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase the mutual understandings in foreign cultures and help the world to become a place for peace and respect!

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer in the US!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding enough grants and supports for all the projects that it desires to offer.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you Mary Sherman and your team you are amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting other artists with similar interests from many different countries and from all over the United States. It is an excellent way to share information and connect with residency opportunities for artists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

1. Help them find the money to have a location where artists could come in Boston, to get support when applying for a residency. 2. Extend their mission by ensuring that students in art schools are aware of international opportunities and residencies.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Mary Sherman, the Ex. Director, has incredible enthusiasm for making everyone feel appreciated and valued. Having on-going contact with people I met keeps the experience very much alive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, helpful and very aware of their organization's mission

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hummm. 10 million!! That could mean a building and more staff. That could mean a conference each year. The Ex. Director has the know-how and enthusiasm plus incredible contacts. Artists need opportunities to support each and learn from each other.

Ways to make it better...

So much happens at the Transcultural Exchange and you meet so many people so quickly. It would be very helpful to receive a list of all faculty and participants with addresses (especially email) and a reminder of their area of interest.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The organization has incredible ideas and a solid grasp on its mission. They need others to become more involved. The biggest challenge is always finding the time to create and maintain interpersonal contacts.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a unique and helpful organization that helps artists to grow and thrive in an economic environment that offers little support and eliminates art from schools as unnecessary. Imagine how dull the world without creativity and art!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

"TCE is an incredible resource. Through TCE, I've been connected to organizations that provide excellent opportunities to our students, faculty and alumni. For example, I was just in Seattle visiting Visual Arts Program alumna and sound artist Carrie Bodle. I recommended Tokyo Wonder Site to her for their Creator-in-Residence program. I know Tokyo Wonder Site through TCE. Moreover, it was through at TCE conference that another alumna made the connection for a residency in France. TCE is invaluable to our artistic and creative community. Michele Oshima, Director, Student & AiR Programs, MIT Office of the Arts"

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it is a mutually rewarding relationship--because I gain so much from TCE, I am eager to contribute social capital in return.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a more fertile environment for art projects to be realized ranging from personal efforts to community engagement and enrichment which are so desperately needed in these dire economic times.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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