We support and facilitate exchange programs that bring communities and artists together to explore shared traditions and values. We engage in cultural exchange projects at the local, regional, and international levels.

CCV collaborates with a broad range of local, statewide, national, and international organizations to create diverse and impactful artistic exchange and cross-cultural connections. With partnerships that extend from small neighborhood associations to the US State Department, CCV hosts cultural exchange activities with tradition-bearers to help communities better understand and appreciate one another’s culture—addressing barriers to connection, regardless of whether they live across the world from one another or on the same city block.

In CCV-sponsored cultural exchanges, participating artists and tradition-bearers engage deeply in one another’s cultural expressions and participate in a wide range of programs for the public including concerts, collaborative recording projects, and workshops and educational programs in schools, museums, places of worship and other cultural institutions. Audio, video, and photographic documentation of these cultural exchanges are widely accessible to the greater public through CCV’s online media channels now and for generations to come.

Pat Jarrett / Virginia Humanities

World Culture in Context

As educators have turned to new modes of remote learning in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, World Culture in Context utilizes these emerging virtual tools to create exciting opportunities for student cultural engagement and arts enrichment. World Culture in Context takes students on a virtual field trip, connecting them with renowned performing artists and community tradition-bearers from across the globe. Students will see participating artists perform in the places that have profoundly shaped their work and have the opportunity to engage with them in live dynamic conversations about creativity, belonging, and culture. World Culture in Context encourages students to look outwardly at the world’s distinct cultural expressions in order to create new pathways of understanding and to gain enhanced perspective and appreciation for the cultural traditions that thrive in their own lives and communities.

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