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Museums Connect International Exchange Program Benefits

Program Description

Museums Connect is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges. The program's mission is to build global communities through cross-cultural exchanges while also supporting U.S. foreign policy goals, such as youth empowerment, environmental sustainability, and disability rights awareness.

The program is a partnership between the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Association of Museums.

General Program Requirements

Non-profit museums of any size and discipline are eligible to participate. To apply, museums must:
  • Have been open to the public for at least two years
  • Have the institutional and financial capacity to complete the activities and create the outputs described in their proposal
  • Have at least one partner. U.S. museums must partner with a non-U.S. museum and vice versa

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Phase I - Profile and Partnering
All U.S. and non-U.S. museums interested in applying submit a Museum Profile form that provides basic information about the museum and initial project ideas. Museums also search for a partner during Phase I. Partnerships consist of at least one U.S. museum and at least one non-U.S. museum and may be formed through existing relationships or by searching a list of interested museums.

Phase II - Statement of Intent to Propose and Embassy Endorsement
A 3-5 page Statement of Intent to Propose (SIP) provides Museums Connect staff with an overview of the project concept.

Phase III - Final Proposal
The Final Proposal consists of a narrative describing the project, a budget, a communications plan, and an outcome-based assessment model.

Selection and Next Steps
An independent selection committee reviews Final Proposals and determines awards. Awards become final upon completion of implementation agreements, which are drafted with the assistance of Museums Connect staff.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit The American Alliance of Museums website.