Following the successful selection of MAD.LAB studio, a fourth year Bachelor of Design Research Project run at UNSW Art & Design, for an Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant in 2016, the program is now open for new applicants in 2017.
The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.
The ACDGP focus is on activities that contribute to advancing Australia’s foreign and trade policy priorities and enhance understanding of Australia, particularly in the four priority regions (Asia; South Pacific; America’s and Western Europe; and the Middle East and Africa).
A priority is also to support targeted public diplomacy initiatives in the current year’s targeted Focus Country (Japan 2018, future years to be confirmed). Each year the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade delivers a targeted focus country public diplomacy program in a country of significance to Australia. The program’s objective is to raise Australia’s profile as an innovative, creative nation and build understanding of contemporary Australia beyond our landscape and lifestyle.
Applications for the 2017 round of the ACDGP opens on 6th February and closes at 2pm AEST on 12th April 2017.
Late applications will not be considered. Application should be made online through SmartyGrants. The 2017 ACDGP guidelines can be downloaded here. The outcome of the 2016 round of the ACDGP was announced on 31 August 2016. Current ACDGP grantees are listed below.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."