International Opportunity for Artists!

January 15, 2011

The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce that its visual arts initiative, smARTpower is now accepting applications.

smARTpower sends U.S. artists abroad to collaborate with youth and local artists in the creation of community-based projects in China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela. Focusing on community engagement that encourages dialogue, experimentation and creativity, this program is designed to stimulate discourse around social issues, including the environment, education, health, girls or women’s issues and freedom of expression.  In addition to leaving a tangible legacy of their project in the community, artists will conduct workshops, teach master classes, and perform other outreach activities while abroad.

Interested artists can apply online <> . The deadline is February 28, 2011.

smARTpower is a pilot program—designed and funded by ECA and administered by the Bronx Museum of the Arts <> . Selected artists will be announced in Spring/Summer 2011 and the first round of projects will begin Summer/Fall 2011. For more information, please visit

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The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs <> (ECA) promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. ECA exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government.

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Note: smARTpower will accept applications from professional artists only. Students currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA studio art program, or Bronx Museum of the Arts staff, are not eligible to apply.