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NEWS FROM WORLD ARTISTS EXPERIENCES - Fall 2016

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WAE Focuses on Vision

World Artists Experiences bridges the world’s communities through showcasing their people and unique cultures. The organization’s goal is to give and receive, build mutual understanding, and offer partnerships. WAE seeks to provide dialogue that encourages respect, friendships that foster trust, and hope that inspires confidence. WAE empowers students, teachers, and communities to be goodwill ambassadors at the grass roots level. They listen, observe, and provide hospitality and inclusiveness as they host each group, resulting in learning and receiving far more than they give. Communities tell stories of how this helps people understand the world from a fresh perspective while connecting their community; 2016–2017 brings artists to carry out the WAE vision from throughout the world in its Ambassador Series of World Experiences.

August hosts Estonia with its great choral tradition being performed by an award-winning girls’ choir.
September performances include Serbia with accordion music (from Bach fugues to the tango to jazz); Mexico presenting the great traditions of Veracruz with dance, music, and poetry; an Italian pianist; and a guitar duo from Slovenia.
November brings visual artists from Uruguay (painter), China paper cutter), and Austria (exhibition by disabled artists).
January 31 welcomes great artists from Beijing, including crafts, acrobatics, and music, to celebrate the Spring Festival.
February 7 we travel to Russia with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra.
From February 6 to March 10, the 9th Annual Bridges to the World Film Festival offers the spirit of Hungary, Tunisia, Colombia, Jordan, and Korea in six locations (Annapolis, Bowie, California, Cumberland, Salisbury, and Towson).
March, April, and June bring other great artists from Europe, Africa, the Americas, and/or Asia.
All of these can be found on the WAE website: www.worldartists.org, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 410-647-4482.

Immerse yourself in a country or region of the world in one day through the WAE Cultural Immersion Experiences. In the Fall, travel to Arabia and Italy; visit the Baltic region in the Spring.
International education is integral to the WAE vision. The organization develops cultural ambassadors in schools through cultural immersion experiences specifically designed for educators, resources, and other opportunities. Educators are invited to become cultural ambassadors and build international mindedness and world spirit in your school. The annual Building Bridges Writing Project is held for students in grades 3–12.
Annapolis, Maryland, and vicinity is the headquarters for WAE, but the vision radiates throughout other areas where local ambassador teams integrate the artists into their communities. WAE’s community ambassador teams are professional, highly qualified groups that the embassies, ministries of culture, or other international organizations work with WAE to present. We invite you to pass the word on and join us to carry on our conversation with the world. Most of it is free of charge.

Importance of
Cultural Diplomacy
By H.E. Božo Cerar
Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the U.S. Culture has always been of immense importance to
the Slovenian nation. Slo- venian language, art, music and poetry shaped our identity through 14
centu- ries and guided the Slovenian nation to- wards sovereignty 25 years ago. After we declared
our independence in 1991 and gained international recognition, cultur- al diplomacy has been a
powerful tool in enhancing our visibility. It has also facili- tated Slovenian foreign policy in
order to ensure peace, security, prosperity, to establish good bilateral relations, and to work
towards common goals in the mul- tilateral fora.

However, understanding between na- tions starts first by forming individual relationships and ties.
The first step to- wards achieving mutual understanding is to cross boundaries – geographic and
others. It is primarily the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills and the
exposure to different artistic forms of expression, to the richness of heritage and variety of cultural achievements that fosters
cross-cultural awareness, respect and appreciation. Learning from each other through all the
senses, enhances international cooperation in all spheres of social life, including education,
sci- ence, technology and business.
I strongly believe that culture is both an integral part and a medium of every country’s pursuit of
political and eco- nomic contacts. Cultural diplomacy is not only a soft power; it is also a smart
power. By promoting contacts between generations, nations and continents it helps to promote
values of different civilizations and enhances multicultural dialogue. It also promotes
gatherings of people of different religions and back- grounds. Based on knowledge of each
other, cultural diplomacy initiates new thinking and helps us to understand ex- isting and
upcoming challenges. At the same time it enables us to find the right solutions for our common
future.


August hosts Estonia with its great choral tradition being performed by an
award-winning girls’ choir.
September performances include Serbia with accordion music (from Bach fugues to the tango to jazz);
Mexico presenting the great traditions of Vera- cruz with dance, music, and poetry; an Italian
pianist; and a guitar duo from Slovenia.
November brings visual artists from Uruguay (painter), China paper cutter), and Austria (exhibition
by disabled artists).
January 31 welcomes great artists from Beijing, including crafts, acrobatics, and music, to
celebrate the Spring Festival.
February 7 we travel to Russia with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra.
From February 6 to March 10, the 9th Annual Bridges to the World Film Fes- tival offers the spirit
of Hungary, Tunisia, Colombia, Jordan, and Korea in six locations (Annapolis, Bowie, California,
Cumberland, Salisbury, and Towson). March, April, and June bring other great artists from Europe,
Africa, the Americas, and/or Asia.
All of these can be found on the WAE website: www.worldartists.org, by email- ing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
or by calling 410-647-4482.

Immerse yourself in a country or region of the world in one day through the WAE Cultural Immersion
Experiences. In the Fall, travel to Arabia and Italy; visit the Baltic region in the Spring.
International education is integral to the WAE vision. The organization devel- ops cultural
ambassadors in schools through cultural immersion experiences specifically designed for educators,
resources, and other opportunities. Educa- tors are invited to become cultural ambassadors and
build international mind- edness and world spirit in your school. The annual Building Bridges
Writing Project is held for students in grades 3–12.
Annapolis, Maryland, and vicinity is the headquarters for WAE, but the vi- sion radiates throughout
other areas where local ambassador teams integrate the artists into their communities. WAE’s
community ambassador teams are professional, highly qualified groups that the embassies, ministries
of culture, or other international organizations work with WAE to present. We invite you to pass
the word on and join us to carry on our conversation with the world. Most of it is free of charge.

WAE SALUTES and THANKS
Charles (Bud) Silk - For many years, Bud Silk worked in the finances of Northrop Grumman. As WAE
changed treasurers, Bud Silk came forth to say he would help. Bud has worked tirelessly on
preparing the budget, account- ing for the monies, and completing tax and other forms. Carol
Dowling - Carol worked for ARINC. One day following a cultural immersion experience, Carol said, “I
can help you with the website.” Since 2005, Carol has been the webmaster, organized the hosting
service, and overseen the entire operation of the website.
Because of their dedication, thoughtfulness, and care, the finances and website have run like
clockwork. Words cannot express the thanks of all in WAE to these two dedicated professionals.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Volunteers are the heart and soul of WAE. We need you to serve as goodwill ambassadors and provide
the sup- port services to enrich the WAE. Daily, someone is caring for the vision of bridging
international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy. They manage, plan, welcome,
oversee finances, raise monies, organize publicity, encourage development, consider strategic
plans, and serve on a board. The list goes on and on. We encourage you to help us care for our
world by signing up for a team: Ambassador Team in Annapolis and other communities where Ambassador
Series are held, Cul- tural Immersion, International Education, IT, Publicity, Development,
Strategic Planning, Administration, etc.
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.

 

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