What is the Fusion Arts Exchange (FAX)?

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (EAC), the Fusion Arts Exchange program provides cutting-edge technical training and fosters multi-national collaboration in the arts and beyond.

These programs offer outstanding undergraduate students an intensive, collaborative course on the latest developments in their respective fields and in the history and culture of the U.S. as illuminated through the lens of their fields. Participants also learn about careers and current development opportunities and have the chance to develop on-going collaborations with their fellow participants.

Current Student Leader Institutes include

Music Composition and Performance at Northeastern University Screenwriting and Film Production at The University of Southern California Screenwriting and Film Production Program at USC

The USC School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California is hosting an exchange and study tour for 15 international undergraduate students from five Department of State-designated countries (Egypt, France, Lebanon, Mexico and the Philippines) and five American undergraduate students.

In addition to the classroom work in writing and production, FAX will feature special speakers, screenings and seminars. The Fellows will also visit studios, production and post-production facilities, special effects companies and other entertainment-related sites.

Following the workshops, the entire group will fly to Boston where they will begin a multi-day educational tour of Boston, New York and Philadelphia. While in these cities, they will visit historical landmarks--particularly those related to early American history--and they will spend time at the numerous media-related institutions, including museums, universities, and commercial production facilities. They will spend the final three days of the program in Washington, D.C., where they will be debriefed by the State Department program officers, meet students from the other Fusion Arts Exchange program, and tour the city's famous museums and monuments.

Participants in Study of the U.S. Institutes are among the approximately 30,000 individuals who participate in exchanges managed by the ECA each year.

All photos courtesy of Alan Baker.