The Indochina Arts Partnership

The Indochina Arts Partnership conducts programs of cultural development and artistic exchange between the United Statesand the countries of Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on Vietnam.

Founded in 1988, to foster cultural understanding through shared art, the Non-profit IAP has produced two widely traveled exhibitions of modern work by Vietnamese and American artists, with a third in the making. In addition, the Partnership has sponsored residencies in America for more than fifty Vietnamese visual artists, writers and leaders of national cultural institutions; and has arranged working journeys to Vietnam for numerous American counterparts.

In 1995, the Indochina Arts Partnership initiated planning with several Vietnamese cultural agencies for a national center for the preservation of Vietnam’s rich folk art and crafts tradition. A complementary project currently under construction in Hue City (central Vietnam) will showcase traditional ethnic minority music, crafts, and everyday life. This facility will be housed in a series of traditional minority buildings located on the beautiful Perfume River.

In 1999 the IAP worked with the Vietnam Fine Arts Association in Hanoi to establish Vietnam’s first center for the arts the Hanoi Contemporary Arts Center. The facility currently hosts many of Vietnam’s most important exhibitions and provides living and working space for Vietnamese and foreign artists.

The IAP’s Sister School Program pairs American art schools with their counterparts in Vietnam for the purpose of artistic and educational exchanges. Included in these pairings are: the Maine College of Art and the Hanoi Fine Arts University, the Massachusetts College of Art and the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts College, and the Rhode Island School of Design with the Hue Fine Arts College. Each pair of schools designs their own exchanges based on the needs of their own schools. Previous exchanges have included among other things faculty, students, exhibition, and curriculum information.

Originated in Boston as a volunteer organization with nominal funding under the direction of David Thomas, a practicing printmaker, Professor of Art, and Vietnam veteran, the IAP has gained a wide reputation in the United States and in Vietnam as a cost-effective collaborative producer of diverse cultural exchange initiatives.

The Partnership is supported in part by sources including The Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, the National Endowment for the arts, the Smithsonian Institution and the Chase Manhattan Bank.

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Newton Centre, MA 02459

Telephone: (617) 527-5670

Fax: (617) 527-4394

E-Mail: [email protected]

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Indochina Arts Partnership: http://www.iapone.org

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