World Artists Experiences (WAE) is a non-profit organization that builds bridges for international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy in communities, colleges, and schools. In its 12-year history, WAE has partnered with over one hundred fifteen countries around the world to present their diverse and rich culture through numerous experiences.
MAJOR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES:
Ambassador Series: The Ambassador Series presents a country or region of the world through experiences of renowned artists from that country or region. Experiences may include music, dance, poetry, visual arts, and other art forms. Ambassador Series events are free to the public and are held in numerous communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and other nearby areas. Each community has a WAE Ambassador Team to arrange and welcome the artists.
Cultural Immersion Experiences: Cultural Immersion Experiences are all-day events with participants visiting sites associated with a specific country or region in the Washington, D.C., area, such as exhibitions, performances, tours, culturally-based meals, and embassy visits. Some are designed specifically for educators and students; others are open to the public. There is a small fee to cover expenses.
International Education: WAE coordinates cultural activities with schools and colleges to aid teachers in helping their students learn more about the people and cultures of the world.
International education activities include:
- Cultural Ambassadors: WAE invites and supports educators to serve in their schools to promote international understanding and global citizenship among their students.
- Student Writing Program: WAE sponsors an annual writing contest for Maryland students to encourage them to think creatively about bridges to the world. Awards are presented at a foreign embassy in April. An anthology of selected poetry or prose is published.
- Visual Dialogues: Students exchange art work between schools in the U.S. and foreign countries.
- Support to International Education Month: WAE works with the State of Maryland to promote November as International Education month with various activities for educators and students.
Bridges to the World Film Festival: Each February and March WAE screens films from five countries throughout Maryland. Pennsylvania will be added in 2014. The films are provided by the embassies.
Advisor: Upon request, WAE advises other organizations on international cultural exchanges.
GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS: WAE works with Embassies in the United States. The embassies arrange for their artists to perform in the United States through their cultural exchange programs. WAE may work directly with some Ministries of Culture and Education and International Organizations.
DATE FOUNDED: WAE is incorporated in the State of Maryland October 1, 2002. The first season was 2003-2004. WAE will celebrate its tenth season in 2013-2014.
ORGANIZATION: WAE is an all-volunteer organization. There is no paid staff. The number of volunteers in a year varies from 500 to 3,000 depending on the needed activities. WAE has a core group of over 350 volunteers. WAE is governed by a Board of Directors.
FUNDING AND TAX STATUS: WAE receives donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and businesses. WAE is an IRS Section 501(c)(3) Public Charity
CONTACT: World Artists Experiences