The Arts Support Smart Diplomacy

"As our nation and world confront the multiple challenges of our time, effective communication is imperative. Bypassing written and spoken words, art expresses the human spirit and human creativity, connecting all citizens on a deeper level."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Arts Strengthen Diverse Communities

"By fostering the commitment of residents to their own neighborhood and by bridging communities, arts can strengthen the social fabric of a community. Cultural and arts programs help strengthen diverse communities, bind communities together, and link neighborhood and 'downtown' interests."

Barbara Heisler, Executive Director, Funding Exchange

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The Arts are Vital to Cross-Cultural Understanding

New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the nation. The arts are a proven platform for community-building and play multiple roles in strengthening cultural and community relations locally, nationally and around the world. The arts act as powerful catalysts for:

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performing

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performing "Way of Five - Fire"

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in Fort Lee, NJ is an award winning organization known for its artistic excellence as well as for its extraordinary ability to bridge cultures, combining elements of modern American dance with classical Asian traditions. A State Arts Council grantee, the Company also offers educational programs for students of all ages including workshops, and long and short-term in-school residencies that focus on integrating Chinese American heritage into contemporary dance, exploring the diversity of ideas that immigrants encounter in America, and examining the common ground between cherished tradition and dynamic innovation.

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Community Coalition on Race - Integration Through the Arts

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International (USAI) - Providing US performing artists with opportunities to perform and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world, and showcasing the excellence and diversity of American performing arts.

U.S. Department of State to Send American Visual Artists Abroad Through New smARTpowerSM Initiative

NJ State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Apprenticieship Program
- Strengthening NJ communities, sustaining cultural traditions and promoting cross-cultural understanding

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