Meridian views arts and culture as tools of diplomacy to connect people around the world and bridge divides. We work in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, our American embassies abroad as well as the diplomatic community here in Washington, D.C. to develop and curate exhibitions, exchanges and programs that range from film screening to mural arts programs to hip hop music performances. Our programs have reached millions of people in more than 260 cities in 60 countries worldwide. We recently formed a Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council, a platform and network that brings together cultural leaders from the top cultural institutions including the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic to strengthen the role of arts and culture in diplomacy. During a time of rising global tensions, these programs are important to bring cultures together through shared interests, create positive impressions of the United States and help dispel common misperceptions.

The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy is the leading center in the United States that employs the arts and culture as a tool of diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding. The Center collaborates with embassies, governments and the private sector to curate cultural diplomacy exhibitions, exchanges and programs in Washington, D.C. and around the world.

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