The Christensen Fund
Funding is directed towards strengthening the understanding, appreciation and creative persistence of biological and cultural diversity in five geographic regions: The Greater South West (USA and Mexico); Turkey, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan; the African Rift Valley (Ethiopia and Northern Kenya); Northern Australia; and Melanesia. They also accept proposals from California San Francisco Bay Area-based organizations whose activities maintain and share the cultural and artistic life of Diaspora communities from their focus regions now residing in the Bay Area, and engage young people and the wider public in the area in the deliciousness of the world’s biological and cultural diversity, the value of connection to landscape, and the threats of such things as global warming.
The Christensen Fund 487 Bryant Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94107  Phone: (415) 644-1600  Fax: (415) 644-1601  Email: Website:

U.S. Department of State Programs

Arts Envoy
The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations. American arts professionals-- including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, curators, and others-- travel overseas to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor young people. Programs seek to connect with international publics who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with American arts professionals.
Cultural Programs Division (ECA/PE/C/CU) Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs U.S. Department of State, SA-5, 2200 C St., NW Washington, D.C. 20522-0500  Phone: (202) 632-6445  Fax: (202) 632-2701  Email:  Website:

International Visitor Leadership Program
The International Visitor Program of the U.S. Department of State annually brings to the United States approximately 5,000 foreign nationals (this includes artists) from all over the world to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience America first hand. Candidates for the International Visitor Program must be nominated by American Foreign Service Officers stationed at U.S. Embassies and at U.S. Department of State offices overseas.
Office of International Visitors Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs U.S. Department of State, SA-5 2200 C St., NW Washington, D.C. 20522-0500  Phone: (800) 650-9822  Fax: (202) 619-4655  Website:

Fulbright Awards
The awards for post-doctoral scholars and mid-career artists are administered by:
Council for International Exchange of Scholars 1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005  Phone: (202) 686-4000  Fax: (202) 686-4029 Email: Website:

Fulbright Specialist Program
A program of short-term residencies at colleges and universities worldwide. For professionals and artists outside academe, the program requires recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments. Website:


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