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Promoting Social Change Through the Arts
January 28, 2018 - February 1, 2018
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 Algeria, Canada, India, Jamaica, Slovakia, and Suriname 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 free speech, engaging youth, and social advocacy will be present as participants experience Cleveland’s artistic resources, such as the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, Gordon Square Arts District, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Progressive Arts Alliance, Roots of American Music, the Rainey Institute, and local rapper and activist Archie Green.
International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program
Each year, over 300 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.