US Department of StateWASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the American Alliance of Museums, announced the selection of 11 new projects as part of the Museums Connect program. Museums Connect links U.S. communities with communities around the world through innovative, museum-based exchanges that foster mutual understanding while focusing on important topics like climate change, women’s empowerment, disability awareness, and civic engagement, among others.

Projects pair cultural institutions in the United States with partners from 11 international locales and involve community members, particularly youth, to reach beyond institutional walls.

Awardees include:

Ancient Shores, Changing Tides – Developing Local Archaeological Heritage Expertise

Palawan State University Museum, Palawan, Philippines

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, WA

Citizenship Unbound: Flag Stories

Islamic Art Museum of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

Common Ground: Connecting Communities through Gardens

Egyptian Agricultural Museum, Giza, Egypt

Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, King City, CA

Design Diaries International

Palestinian Heritage Museum, East Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories

Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN

emPOWER Parents: Fostering Cross Cultural Networks between Families with Autism

Museo ICO, Madrid, Spain

Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

Forest Guardians

Sicán National Museum, Ferreñafe, Peru

Zoological Society of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Working with Three Mountain Alliance, L?hu’e, HI

From the Ground Up: Nutritional Values, and Cultural Connections

Gidan Makama Museum Kano, Kano, Nigeria

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA

A Journey through the African Diaspora

Museu Afro-Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, North Brentwood, MD

Re:building Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa

Museum of Samoa, Apia, Samoa

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Scaling the Walls/Escalando Paredes: Creating Urban Green Spaces

Interactive Science Museum, Quito, Ecuador

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Turning the Table: Understanding Cross-Cultural Movements

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX

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