For American public diplomacy, engaging with foreign audiences face-to-face continues to be an invaluable asset for promoting mutual understanding and the values of American culture. The State Department’s American Spaces programs are traditional tools in that effort. In 2012, over 16 million people visited these spaces to learn more about the United States.
Throughout the world, 849 facilities represent the American brand and provide foreign publics access to movies, books, newspapers, performances and discussions on issues as varied as American life, arts and politics.
ASP’s fact sheet “The U.S. State Department’s American Spaces Programs” explores the mission and structure of these programs, as well as their goals.