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February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

In my previous life in internnational political and diplomatic circles, an 'eldery' statesman from one of the small Pacific island states once told me: 'In order to stand in someone else's shoes, you first have to take off your own'. TCE is an organisation that brings people from all walks of art life, regardless of colour and background, together in a concrete, creative and pleasant way...a truly transcultural experience. Thanks to TCE meeting in Boston last year, 4 artists will spend this year between 2 and 6 weeks in our Apothiki Art Center on the Cycladic island of Paros, undoubtedly leading to new friendships and contacts...The diversity in activities with a remakable complementarity are unique and results in building bridges between people and organisations, respecting different backgrounds and capacities and aiming at one central goal...support the art and, as a result, enable art to support initiatives for a better 'art of living for all'! The role of Mary Sherman is difficult to overestimate. It is simply a remarkable person with a great team spirit and always an alerted ear ready to assist you with whatever a problem arises or to help you realise ideas that constantly cross artists' minds. Complexity does not scare Mary...on the contrary it seems. She is a perfectionist without losing sense for flexibility and reality! I have always tought that she has a twin sister, secretely sharing the 24 hours of a day between them! William A. Ward, a US writer said once: 'The optimist lives on the peninsula of indefinite possibilities, the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision'. believe me, Mary is an optimist and supporting her and TCE is, in my modest view, about the best investment you can consider to make

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

...direct result oriented communication, avoiding needless complexities and keeping the ultimate goals in focus

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 8, 2010

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February 8, 2010

I n my 10 years running 2 University galleries, I must say that TCE’s director, Mary Sherman, stands out as a singular visionary leader of an organization that has no equal. TCE excels on so many levels. Its visionary leadership launches meaningful international projects that result in high-quality exhibitions and programs, it sees them through fruition with every facet of planning, funding, execution, and publicizing, and all while maintaining good and open communication with artists and organizations around the world. Where others may see boundaries of language, location, resources – Ms. Sherman sees opportunities for bringing artists together, for presenting art to new audiences and in new ways. I have had the priviledge to participate with TCE as both an artist and as a gallerist. Involvement with TCE at the galleries have resulted in continual benefits including: -Increased foot traffic -Provided volunteer opportunities for artists to assist with Here,There,Everywhere projects/installations -Brought international residency director to campus and to conduct studio visits Resulted in a summer residency for two regional artists -Provided opportunities for students from across the curriculum to meet international artists and to see collaborative projects from around the globe -Identified financial resources and methods for financial collaborations. -Introduced new artists to the gallery to be considered for future solo exhibitions -provided a mentoring opportunity for staff member Personal Benefits -Opened up a new dimension to my studio practice -Resulted in publication in a Turkish arts periodical. -Allowed me to collaborate with two German artists and to exhibit in Frankfurt Germany.. - Provided opportunity to be in a catalogue with international distribution. -invitation to two Eastern Europe residency programs -invitation to exhibit project at museum in China I love telling other artists about TCE – I know that they will have their world opened up and that they will go on to tell other artists, who will go on to tell other artists….

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

traveling through Eastern Europe and China meeting visual artists and coming to new understandings as a consequence.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase their funding so that they could hire more assistants.

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

Working with an organization whose actions do the talking.

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

Professional and helpful. Interesting and interested.

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

Change the "Art World" as we know it....perhaps change the "world" as we know it, too.

Ways to make it better...

These experiences are unparalled. Could only be made better by being able to include more participants.

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

Maintaing their ambitious programs in the face of economic challenges.

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

Get involved with TCE - you'll be glad you did.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 8, 2010

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February 8, 2010

During my first year as a graduate student in Arts Administration I contacted Mary Sherman to volunteer for the first Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts in 2007. She was immediately receptive and invited me to participate on a number of objectives and even went so far to include me in their monthly board meetings. As a student, this was invaluable experience. The combined experience and professionalism of Transcultural Exchange's board gave me an insight into how collaboration took place at the highest level. The entire board was exceptionally welcoming and took everyone's ideas and strategies into account. It was inspiring that such a small group of people could accomplish such a meaningful experience to so many. Their programming is innovative and important to the overall health and stability of the art world and it's participants. Without organizations such as Transcultural Exchange it would be more difficult to collaborate with artists from around the world. We would lose the valuable information and ideas that are necessary for the arts to grow across our geographical borders. It was an honor to be a part of the TCE team and I look forward to being able to help again in the future. I thank Mary Sherman for such a wonderful experience. I wish them the best of luck and good fortune.

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Ways to make it better...

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

create programming that focused on creating artistic relationship with the multitude of cultural groups within Boston.

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

getting to meet so many artists from around the world.

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

amazing and exceptionally driven to make the first conference a success.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to participate in the 2009 conference, but due to my own geographical restrictions I was unable to.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 6, 2010

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February 6, 2010

I am new to this organization and have been very impressed with its cross cultural and interdisciplinary arts focus. Director Mary Sherman is passionate about making exchanges and collaborations between disciplines happen. She has a unique way of exciting interest and motivating participation in international arts projects. I look forward to the 2011 conference. Because of contacts made through TCE, I will be participating in a residency at the Apothiki Arts Center on Paros Island in Greece during March and April 2010.

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

participating in an international artist's residency.

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

the open and collaborative nature of TCE and its Director and staff.

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

outstanding in their availability, knowledge and assistance.

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

expand its potential by offering more funding for international exchanges. In particular, exchanges with underrepresented countries. It would also allow for a paid staff to assist with the ever expanding ventures.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 5, 2010

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February 5, 2010

TransCultural Exchange is a unique organization that truly transcends boarders and bridges cultural experiences for a large cross section of everyday people and artists. It selflessly works with diligence and international cooperation to present contemporary art experiences with an all-encompassing global focus. It has built an incredible comprehensive network to farm and incubate ideas. It plugs accomplished and establishing artists into a global pulse to augment the exchange of process, cultural and traditional ideas. This has a lasting benefit for artists in both developed and developing nations to better understand other customs and push boundaries in the contemporary art movement. TransCultural Exchange facilitates ongoing relationships between artists in different stages of their career and encourages global cooperation through its projects, and seminars. They have leveled the playing field so whether you are from Vietnam or New York City you have an opened opportunity to express your artistic voice or participate in projects on an international platform equally. Its distinctive model shines as it demonstrates and proves that there is a real thrust for global cooperation. I am proud to be part of this continuum, join us in our journey through your contribution.

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

participating in many of their projects

Ways to make it better...

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

if they had proper funded they could open other offices in different countries so they could achieve their goals and reach more people.

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

the lasting friendships and opportunities that have developed

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

Warm - welcoming - informative

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

It could offer greater participation and reach artist struggling in developing nations.

Ways to make it better...

they had more funding so they could better meet the needs of more artists

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

funding - funding - funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

The Here, There & Everywhere programming has been an outstanding catalyst for developing international collaborations in the arts that promote cross fertilization of ideas, media and partnering organizations. The conference in Boston that reflected upon this theme was a great experience for networking with individuals from around the world who are active in community public works, activism and international collaboration. My new, ever expanding partnership with Romanian colleagues is a direct result of this program.

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

my collaboration with the Romanian filmmaker, Sergui Octav Lupse and the ongoing development of works with a residency in Romania.

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

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

their genuine passion for the equality of ideas and peoples across borders.

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

a delight to work with.

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

They work hard, regardless of the budget.

Ways to make it better...

My experience continues to be a wonderful working relationship

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

TransCultural Exchange is a phenomenal organization! Using art as a catalyst to open doors for cross-cultural communication is perhaps one of the most effective means possible. Mary Sherman, the Executive Director, is a visionary and is involved with each and every detail of each project, conference and initiative, ensuring perfection. I happily assisted her for over three years, and was always amazed at the experiences and power that art played in people’s lives, especially when it allowed them to learn something about another culture through the arts that they may have not otherwise ever had the opportunity. The artist and art exchanges TransCultural Exchange facilitated reached children and adults alike, and provided them with an open forum to ask questions, get answers, forge a resilient dialogue, and experience new cultures. My specific experience with The Tile Project: Destination, the World which created permanent art installations that were not only beautiful, but a standing testament to the power art provides – bringing people from all parts of the world together in a unified statement of kinship and understanding. TransCultural Exchange’s conferences further the advancements in opening doors for global communication through the arts - bringing influential speakers, artists, and cultural figures together in one place to provide opportunities for a vast audiences' involvement. I encourage anyone to join TransCultural Exchange’s mission whether it be as a donor, volunteer, or artist – it will open your eyes to the power of the human spirit and the arts.

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

...seeing the power that art played allowing people to learn something about another culture through the arts that they may have not otherwise ever had the opportunity.

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

...not change a thing. The mission is one that anyone could get behind and be moved by it's successes.

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

...the ability to work with some of the world's most creative people, from all across the globe. I learned so much and gained a true appreciation for other cultures.

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

...diverse and dedicated. Mary Sherman handles every detail with such passion and dedication, and fosters great relationships between donors, artists, and students at each event.

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

...advance arts as a successful form of global communication and enlightenment in times of great stife.

Ways to make it better...

...TransCultural Exchange has consistent funding. With more funding a strong staff would propel TCE by leaps and bounds, and each project would attract a larger and more influential audience.

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

...monetary challenges. The resiliency of the Executive Director and artists manages to make the most of every contribution, but they could soar with more funding.

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

everyone should check out their website, contact TCE, and get involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

February 2, 2010

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February 2, 2010

I heard about Transcultural Exchange through one of my friends who said he was going to volunteer for this exciting organization. Upon doing some research and meeting Mary Sherman, the Founder/Director, I was completely sold to its positive vibe, its collaborative nature and the fact that they were doing something very important. I volunteered for the 2007 Conference and it felt great to be a part of it; there were artists and art administrators from around the globe - even from India and South Africa, here to talk about their organization and attract artists and promote a cross-cultural exchange and dialogue. The conference was very well organized and informative; the panelists were well picked and the presentations flawless. The event brought together talented artists and just as important - people who could facilitate art projects, to network and build connections. Three years later, I still have those business cards and keep in touch with those individuals regarding exhibitions I am a part of. I hope donors and benefactors get to know about Transcultural Exchange and support the great work it does; it is has made a difference to the lives of artists all over the world and we are depended on it to grow and realize our artistic dreams and visions.

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

the Conference I attended. It was great because I meet a lot of resourceful people - artists and administrators from around the world, that have helped me in being a better artist and art administator

Ways to make it better...

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

Hold the conferences in different cultural capitals every year.

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

All the people at the Conference were great and wanted to help.

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

Fantastic! Its inspiring the volunteers the Founder/Director has been able to mobilize.

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

do what it does on a much bigger, better scale! It would make a big difference to the lives of many artists who have not been able to attend its events (it could have events all over the globe!).

Ways to make it better...

the Conference was free: then all artists who want to attend can come. But I know this is a funds issue more than anything. If they had more money or some to underwrite their program, it would grant talented people more access.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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