Dates: June 20 - 21, 2020
Live Streaming of the launch took place on the solstice, June 21, 2020, 11:00 – noon EST (UTC -4)
Missed the live zoom? Press ’Play’ above.
Hello World, An Art Affair Around the Globe
Hello World is a virtual travelogue of art works created by nearly 250 artists working in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia, available <here>.
With the mere click of a mouse, stay-at-home voyagers can now collaborate with art projects around the globe, listen to sound works from a mix of cultures, browse galleries of contemporary artists’ works and take in movies and dance pieces from around the world.
Why? Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, the need for social distancing, travel restrictions and reduced contact with others, TransCultural Exchange grew concerned about the isolation, loss and fear resulting from the pandemic’s decrease in our usual sources of solace – connecting with others, the arts and exchanges of all kinds. Thus, Hello World was born. Hello World extends the reach of local gestures of kindness – such as the Italian balcony singers – to a global level in the hope of offering an antidote to the rising nationalism, discrimination and other extremist tendencies that often occur when people feel scared, stressed and alone.
Remarkably, Hello World also gathered venues (galleries, concert halls, theaters, residencies, cultural centers in more than 70 locations, approximately a third of world’s countries) who agreed to link Hello World’s website to theirs. In this way, the venues helped share and exchange the project’s content with each other and were provided with ready-made cross-cultural programming for their patrons. Also, their participation addressed these venues’ current need for increased website visibility for what is, for most during this crisis, their most viable programming platform. We greatly appreciate their support.
Visit the venues who joined Hello World's gesture of global solidarity <here>.
"This project is supported by a Transformative Public Art grant from the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture."
You will be helping us to
• Sustain people-to-people interactions within and beyond borders.
• Address the isolation, loss and fear resulting from the pandemic's decrease in our usual sources of solace – the arts, a connection with others and the possibility of positive interactions with those outside our usual sphere.
• Encourage a non-threatening global mindset to stem the rising nationalism, discrimination and other extremist tendencies that often results when people feel scared and stressed.
Not able to contribute?
No matter. Enjoy Hello World for free. It is and will always be – as all of TransCultural Exchange’s virtual offerings – available at no cost to everyone, everywhere
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This project is supported by a Transformative Public Art grant from the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.
About TransCultural Exchange
TransCultural Exchange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through high-quality art projects, cultural exchanges and educational programming, most notably, our International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts. TransCultural Exchange's three-decades of service in the field of cultural exchange, across various disciplines has resulted in a large and loyal global network, ensuring the success of its projects. These efforts have earned the organization considerable acclaim, support and awards from institutions such as the Northeast Chapter of the International Art Critics Association (AICA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston Cultural Council, Asian Cultural Council, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Boston Foundation, swissnex Boston, the Netherland-American Foundation, among many others. For more information on TransCultural Exchange, visit www.transculturalexchange.org.