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Review for Transcultural Exchange Inc, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Attended International conference in 2009. Attended other local events and provided information that could be helpful to the organization on several different occasions.