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Transcultural Exchange Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.