The Human Rights Impact Institute (HII) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that advocates for human rights through arts and culture. The following conversation includes Meridian Global Communications fellow, Kristina Arreza, talking to HII’s Leonie Hüppe, Global Project Coordinator, and Delaney Accomondo, Program Coordination. Hüppe and Accomondo attended COP26 to assist HII with their installation, “Climate Crossroads: Stories of Indigenous Women and Youth Leaders.” The two share their reflections and thoughts of COP26 from a youth climate leaders and climate activist perspective. To start, what were your main objectives and expectations at COP26? Hüppe: We have one main exhibition that we...Continue
Hey there, Meridian Readers! It’s been a minute, and we’re happy to see you. We all know that it’s a busy time here in Washington, so without further ado, let’s dive in to this week’s top stories. New Pompidou Center Opens in Shanghai Publication: The New York Times | By Amy Qin If you haven’t heard of the Pompidou Center, it’s a complex building in Paris that housed the first collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. And now it’s taking that to Asia. Museum diplomacy, anyone? We’re here for it. When the Pompidou Center first floated the...Continue
During the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union were concerned with showcasing the art of their respective states to the world. Both feared that artist communities had sided with government rivals, and thus explored ways to repress artistic expression with state power. The story of how American artists, philanthropists, activists, and policymakers overcame Cold War fears to create programs like Arts In The Embassies and other early organs of U.S. cultural diplomacy is an understated but vital component of the success of American arts around the world. As the Cold War began, the United States was in...Continue
The end of September brings with it the kickoff of autumn, pumpkin-spice madness, and, of course, the latest edition of the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy’s Soft Power: The Monthly Roundup. The following selection highlights nine notable cultural diplomacy projects that took place around the globe this month. Continue
As August, and consequently summer, sadly comes to a close, the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy is back to round up some of this past month’s soft power events. The following selection highlights cultural exchange through community engagement in the globalized world. For the summer season, this interconnectedness means lots of festivals, so read on to see how diverse communities are coming together to celebrate around the world.