The U.S. Embassy in Cairo recently announced its partnership with the DeVos Institute for Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Maryland to mentor Egyptian arts and cultural administrators.
The program will take place over the next eight months. Michael Kaiser, Chairman of the DeVos Institute and President Emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will conduct five training seminars on arts and cultural management.
Building Capacity in Egyptian Arts and Cultural Administrators
The program aims to enhance the capacity of Egyptian arts and cultural administrators by providing instruction on strategic planning, marketing, audience development, revenue growth, and supporter engagement. The training seminars will utilize Kaiser’s arts and cultural management curriculum called “The Cycle,” which has a proven track record of helping organizations to increase their ability to invest in, develop, and support art.
Cultural Collaboration and Exchange
After the seminar series, eight participants will travel with Mr. Kaiser to the United States in October 2023. The initiative aims to support and catalyze cultural innovation and cooperation in and between Egypt and the United States. During their trip, participants will meet with American arts and cultural administrators to exchange ideas and establish connections for future collaboration.
The Importance of U.S.-Egypt Cultural Collaboration
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein expressed his confidence that the program will benefit Egypt’s arts and cultural community. He added that the connections established through the program would lead to greater progress in the arts and cultural communities of both nations and their respective economies.
The partnership between the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the DeVos Institute for Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Maryland demonstrates the importance of cultural collaboration and exchange. By building the capacity of Egyptian arts and cultural administrators, the program aims to foster innovation and cooperation in both nations’ arts and cultural sectors. This initiative is an important step toward strengthening the relationship between the United States and Egypt, and it will undoubtedly lead to positive economic and cultural outcomes for both countries.