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Promoting Social Change through the Arts

June 29, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Using the arts in a constructive manner for positively influencing populations and their behavior can emerge in a variety of ways. CCWA will be welcoming leaders from Afghanistan, Bahamas, Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, Nicaragua, Norway, and Turkey for a multi-regional project that will investigate social change through the arts. Participants will explore the geographic, ethnic, and religious diversity of the U.S. population and how innovative arts programming can be instrumental in managing conflicts, developing youth leadership and conflict resolution skills, addressing personal and community healing, and promoting cross‑cultural understanding.

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the role of arts education in society, performing arts as it relates to U.S. constitutional rights and civil society, and the roots of American music, art, and theater. Themes of art therapy, engaging youth, and social advocacy will be present as participants experience Cleveland’s artistic resources, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, and Dancing Wheels.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.

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