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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.