Using Art for Diplomacy: A Vibrant State Department Program Reaches 50

The program is the envy of the diplomatic world, where it has been studied and copied; and the State Department cherishes it as a valuable, high-end part of its cultural outreach effort. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a message in the glossy catalog of each exhibition prepared for distribution by the embassy, says the program “intrigues, educates, and connects — playing an ambassadorial role as important as that served by traditional diplomacy.”There can be little the State Department does that compares with the cost-effectiveness of the program, which is proud to cost not even half a percent of the department’s budget.
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