FAPE understands the importance of our country’s presence overseas and strives to increase art’s dynamic role in promoting America’s culture abroad. By partnering with American artists, FAPE’s gifts encourage cross-cultural understanding within the diplomatic community and the international public.

Our most dynamic international cultural diplomacy work can be seen through our site-specific commissions. During the next several years, a large number of U.S. embassies will be constructed, and the State Department has asked FAPE to commission site-specific works by American artists for many of them. For this project, FAPE is assisted by an advisory committee of prominent arts professionals, chaired by Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art. Once an artist has been selected and has agreed to create a work, FAPE works with the embassy architects, the State Department, and the artist, to ensure that the art is sensitively integrated within the building and its grounds. The works are all donated by the artists, and FAPE provides the funds to pay for their fabrication and installation.

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