The Asian Cultural Council in New York City has announced sixty-six grants totaling $1.17 million in support of artists, scholars, and arts specialists pursuing study or research abroad.
Selected from more than seven hundred applicants, recipients of the Cultural Exchange grants hail from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Thirty-six grants are for Asia-to-U.S. travel; twenty-five are for U.S.-to-Asia travel; three are for intra-Asia travel; and two involve travel both within Asia and between Asia and the U.S.
Grant recipients include an American ethnomusicologist who will study the effects of violence on musical culture in Afghanistan; a Vietnamese artist who will research Vietnamese diasporic communities in Cambodia for a project that examines migration, identity, and memory within the context of conflict between the two nations; a Taiwanese vocalist trained in Chinese opera who will explore jazz music in New York City and New Orleans; and a library manager from the Philippines who will study best practices in curating material culture as a means of public history.
"International travel can be a transformative experience, and when that experience finds expression in the arts and humanities, its effect multiplies," said ACC executive director Miho Walsh. "ACC's investment in cultural exchange is an investment in greater international understanding, and ultimately in our shared future. We are privileged to nurture this vision through the talents and creativity of our grantees, and we are delighted to welcome a new group of artists and scholars into ACC's global community."
For a complete list of recipients, see the ACC website.