The Art in Embassies: Morocco course is a partnership between RISD and the U.S. Department of State’s office of ART in Embassies (AIE). This collaborative project has been designed to promote cross-cultural exchange, and to recognize and nurture the talents of the next generation of professional artists.
Established in 1963, the U.S. Department of State’s office of ART in Embassies (AIE) plays a vital role in our nation’s public diplomacy through a culturally expansive mission of temporary exhibitions, permanent collections, artist exchanges and residencies, and publications. AIE produces temporary exhibitions of original art by American and host-country artists, on loan from a variety of sources, for the representational spaces of U.S. chief-of-mission residences worldwide. Equally important is the Program’s commitment to create permanent art collections for all newly built U.S. embassies, consulates, and annexes. These exhibitions and collections form cultural connections through contemporary art works by artists from the U.S. and the host countries. Related artist exchange programs establish more deeply rooted ties through two-way dialogues structured around the visual arts. AIE provides international audiences with a sense of the quality, scope, and diversity of American and host country art and culture, building lasting cross-cultural bonds.