Sponsor:  United States Department of State (DOS)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: ECA/PE/C/CU-13-26
Funding Amount: Between $155,000 to $800,000
Duration: 2 to 4 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Anticipated Deadline


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 03/06/2013
Sponsor Deadline: 05/06/2013

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Eligible applicant institutions may not submit more than one application as the sole or lead institution. There are no limitations on the number of inter-institutional partnerships an institution may establish. An applicant may be the lead institution on one application and be a non-leading partner or consortium member on another.

If you are planning to submit please contact Karen Drew (x4824) as early as possible, and by March 6 , submit a 2-page pre-proposal following the format defined in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

Funding Areas

The Cultural Programs Division within the Office of Citizen Exchanges, in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition, pending the availability of funds, for four projects under the FY13 Creative Arts Exchange (CAE). CAE initiatives are arts-based international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives. Programs are implemented in close coordination with U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. Eligible themes and/or artistic genres for CAE initiatives are determined annually based on ECA strategic priorities. The goals of the Creative Arts Exchange are to: – Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries; – Provide unique opportunities for artistic collaboration, engagement and/or performance between American artists and international participants; – Convey the diversity and high artistic merit of the arts in America as well as increasing awareness and understanding of American art, culture, values and society for international participants and audiences; – Foster opportunities for educational outreach and community engagement with diverse and underserved communities, especially youth, women, and persons with disabilities; – Engage participants in instructive and informative experiences in their art form; and – Create opportunities for sustaining relationships and collaboration between U.S. and international artists and institutions that endure beyond program duration. Under the FY2013 CAE Open Competition, ECA will accept project proposals under the following themes: Theme 1: Economic Statecraft and the Arts The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement to design, implement and administer an exchange program that sends abroad small delegations (approximately three to eight members) of recognized American creative and business experts to provide a 360 degree perspective of a creative industry and contribute to the sustained development of a creative economy in emerging democracies and markets. The initiative will consist of approximately three to five programs spanning approximately one to two weeks in countries identified by ECA, and be complemented by a new and social media based mentoring/professional network component that will extend the impact of the program and provide innovative avenues for follow-on programming and alumni engagement. Theme 2: Arts in Collaboration The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement to develop and administer an international exchange program in hip hop and urban arts that incorporates artistic collaboration, professional development and outreach to youth to explore and address conflict resolution strategies. This project will incorporate multi-disciplinary hip hop collaborations to provide innovative opportunities to engage youth and underserved communities overseas. This initiative consists of programming approximately 15 to 20 U.S. professional hip hop and urban artists who will lead four to six week exchange programs in each of the approximately six countries from at least two geographical regions determined by ECA. In addition to the overseas components, the initiative will bring approximately six foreign artists from at least two geographic regions to the U.S. to participate in a professional development program. Theme 3: Community Engagement through the Arts The Bureau intends to award one or two Cooperative Agreements to design, implement and administer an exchange program that sends approximately four to eight American artists abroad to collaborate with local youth and underserved populations on community-based art projects in the mural arts and/or new media arts. Projects should be designed to advance U.S. foreign policy goals in that country by addressing a local community issue, such as women’s empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment. Applicants can submit a proposal for up to $500,000 that incorporates mural arts and new media arts or submit a proposal for $250,000 that identifies either mural arts or new media arts. Each of the selected artists will conduct a project of three to four weeks in countries to be determined by ECA. Theme 4: Professional Development in the Arts The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement to assist the Cultural Programs Division in the implementation of short-term, in-depth professional development cultural exchange projects. Approximately 12 to 15 U.S. Embassy and ECA nominated visitors from countries around the world will participate in two to three week initiatives/projects in the United States designed to promote interaction between foreign arts professionals and their American peers. The participants may include but not be limited to mixed ability performing and visual artists, arts administrators, and/or arts educators. Each project will be uniquely developed to include workshops and lecture/demonstrations in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and other sites in the United States in order to support strategic foreign policy goals. The exchange format will be intensive and interactive, weaving together both formal and informal sessions to achieve the stated goals and objectives for each specific project.