After connecting with the State Department on its global art initiatives when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, I'm thrilled to see a brief piece by Secretary Clinton about our Art in Embassies program. The program now celebrates 50 years of work and continues to contribute to our vast diplomatic resource pool:
In my line of work, we often talk about the art of diplomacy as we try to make people's lives a little better around the world. But, in fact, art is also a tool of diplomacy. It reaches beyond governments, past the conference rooms and presidential palaces, to help us connect with more people in more places. It is a universal language in our search for common ground, an expression of our shared humanity.
This subject really brings me back to my grad school days, where I researched the history and significance of nations using large international exhibitions towards cultural diplomacy. Although I was the only one in my program to combine art with international relations (and got plenty of resistance for it, I should add!), it's thrilling to see this topic discussed more and more in the mainstream media.