An Overview

About Center Stage:

Center Stage is an international exchange program that will bring performing artists from Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan to tour throughout the U.S. in 2012. The program is an effort to demonstrate respect and understanding of cultures by bringing international performing artists to the U.S. so that Americans can grow in their appreciation and understanding of other nations, while providing opportunities to international performers.
From an initial group of seven countries, an advisory committee will help select ensembles from Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan.Center Stage is made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.General management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

What We’re Doing:

Center Stage will bring a total of ten ensembles from Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan for month-long tours of the U.S. in 2012, connecting artists with diverse communities in primarily small and mid-sized cities and towns across the U.S. With an emphasis on reaching diverse audiences as well as culturally and economically disadvantaged youth, each tour will be designed to include a range of community engagement activities, including performances, workshops, discussions, artist-to-artist exchanges, and community gatherings.

Our Mission:

-build cultural awareness
-develop long-lasting relationships between people
-enhance mutual understanding

Our Blog:

By clicking on the countries in the menu, you will be taken to different places with helpful and interesting information. Some of this information includes bios of the artists of each country, cultural context, music videos, and historical materials. Take some time to browse and enjoy!

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