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January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

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

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

support TCE in any way I'd do.

January 17, 2011

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January 17, 2011

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

Ways to make it better...

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

organize it every year

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

"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

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 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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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