International Arts & Artists (IA&A) developed the International Partnership Initiative (IPI) in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the arts, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. IPI’s research and programming facilitates cross-cultural understanding and builds stronger ties through global partnerships in the arts.

IPI’s events bring together experts from the arts, policy, diplomatic, and academic communities to discuss international cultural engagement. The Art in Context series showcases artists and artwork in the broadest social, economic, and political context in which they exist. IA&A’s leadership lunches bring together senior executives from visual and performing arts institutions to explore the opportunities and challenges in building international partnerships. Finally, mentoring events provide arts managers and policy experts the chance to share advice and build their network. Click here for more information on recent events.
Art in Context - Korea - Tile

On July 12, IA&A hosted Art in Context: Korea, a discussion with Julia Kwon, a visual artist, Tom Vick, Curator of Film at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, and Adam Wojciechowicz, Public Affairs Specialist at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC.

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Art in Context - Italy (2017)

On May 24, IA&A hosted Art in Context: Italy, a discussion with Renato Miracco, Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Italy, Cianne Fragione, a visual artist, and Manuela Dimuccio Gonzalez, former Event Coordinator at the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC.

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Art in Context - Taiwan (2017)

On February 23, IA&A hosted Art in Context: Taiwan, a discussion with artist Pin-Chieh Tseng, Jack Yeh-Chin Kuei, Director of the Taiwan Academy, Dr. Ying-Chen Peng, a professor at American University, and Sarah Tanguy, curator with the Art in Embassies program.

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IA&A is pleased to announce the release of a report that explores partnerships between American arts institutions and their counterparts abroad. Art in Context: The Current State of International Cultural Engagement shares the results of research conducted to better understand international work and identifies strategies to enhance the breadth and strength of this engagement. Thoughtfully designed by IA&A’s Design Studio, the report illustrates the impact international engagement can have in promoting cross-cultural understanding and supporting the arts on a global scale.