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Cultural Programs

The Cultural Unit of the U.S. Embassy works closely with the other elements of the U.S. Mission, as well as with a wide range of Thai public and private organizations to encourage broader understanding of the United States and its relationship with Thailand through cultural exchange. 

Art in the Embassies: Established by the United States Department of State in 1964, the ART In Embassies Program is a global museum that exhibits original works of art by U.S. citizens in the public rooms of approximately 180 American diplomatic residences worldwide.

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is the only program in the U.S. Government that provides direct small grant support to heritage preservation in developing countries.  The program was established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 with US$1 million, and to date has supported 437 projects worldwide, totaling more than US$11 million.  Click here to see past projects funded under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation in Thailand.

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad: Rhythm Road artists represent the new generation of musical ambassadors, reaching beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and the general public. In 2011, 10 American urban/hip-hop, gospel, bluegrass, and jazz groups will travel to more than 40 countries to perform public concerts and conduct master classes and workshops.

US Speakers Program: Each year the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) organizes around 1,300 traveling and electronic events for American experts to engage with foreign audiences worldwide. American experts on a diverse range of issues speak and exchange views with various Thai audiences, including government officials, students and the media.

General information on public diplomacy and public affairs can be found on the homepages of the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Bureau of Public Affairs (PA) and Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP).