The exchange of art and culture is a powerful tool in finding common ground and building more stable relationships, mutual affection for the things that unite us, and genuine respect — even where we differ. Cultural diplomacy, an essential facet of the United States’ foreign policy, enhances cross-cultural understanding and opens new avenues of dialogue and collaboration between individuals and nations. Meridian International Center recognizes these fundamental principles, and its programs transcend cultural divides and international borders by creating neutral environments where people can appreciate each other at all levels of society.
For more than 30 years, Meridian’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy division has organized exhibitions that reflect important aspects of American and international culture. These have traveled to over 365 host venues in 44 U.S. states and 56 countries. Meridian plays a strong role in promoting partnerships among participating organizations, supporters, and governments. Programs organized by Meridian’s cultural experts serve as focal points for people-to-people exchanges, panel discussions, lectures, film screenings, concerts, and more.
Our division employs a unique approach to culture that engages audiences in the U.S. and worldwide through public-private partnerships, educational initiatives, and community outreach. We offer many services in this arena, working with embassies and ministries of culture worldwide to tell their stories to Americans, with corporations interested in deepening their footprint in other countries, and with the U.S. government to provide content showcasing America’s heritage, as well as highlighting our country’s interest in others.
- CONTENT DEVELOPMENT: Curating thoughtful exhibitions and presentations that spotlight a specific region or country. Displays of this kind can debut at Meridian’s Cafritz Galleries in Washington, D.C., and travel around the United States and the world.
- PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE EXCHANGES: Designing and implementing people-to-people exchanges in the cultural arena. These programs can connect international artists, musicians, museum professionals, and other leaders to engage with their American counterparts.
- INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM CAPACITY BUILDING: Creating tailored training programs that enhance the core strengths of cultural institutions abroad by sharing professional knowledge and universal museum standards. Through Meridian’s Center for International Museum Development, these programs inform others about showcasing their heritage in a thoughtful and accessible fashion while also deepening relations with the U.S.
- NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS: Organizing and hosting cultural events at Meridian’s historic mansions in Washington, D.C. These festivities feature a country’s cultural offerings while celebrating its heritage through displays, performances, and culinary presentations.
Meridian’s Cafritz Galleries are located at:
1624 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009
When an exhibition is on display, the gallery hours are as follows:
Wednesday – Friday, 2pm-7pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Closed on Federal Holidays