Cultural Diplomacy

The exchange of art and culture is a powerful tool in finding common ground and building more stable relationships, mutual affection for the things that unite us, and genuine respect — even where we differ. Cultural diplomacy, an essential facet of the United States’ foreign policy, enhances cross-cultural understanding and opens new avenues of dialogue and collaboration between individuals and nations. Meridian International Center recognizes these fundamental principles, and its programs transcend cultural divides and international borders by creating neutral environments where people can appreciate each other at all levels of society.


For more than 30 years, the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy (MCCD) has organized exhibitions that reflect important aspects of American and international culture. These have traveled to over 365 host venues in 44 U.S. states and 56 countries. Meridian plays a strong role in promoting partnerships among participating organizations, supporters, and governments. Programs organized by Meridian’s cultural experts serve as focal points for people-to-people exchanges, panel discussions, lectures, film screenings, concerts, and more.

MCCD employs a unique approach to culture that engages audiences in the United States and worldwide through public-private partnerships, educational initiatives, and community outreach. We offer many services in this arena, working with embassies and ministries of culture worldwide to tell their stories to Americans, with corporations interested in deepening their footprint in other countries, and with the U.S. government to provide content showcasing America’s heritage, as well as highlighting our country’s interest in others.