Cultural Crossing is an American-Belgian exchange program for 16 U.S.-based immigration practitioners from the Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, and Seattle metropolitan areas and 32 Belgian-based practitioners primarily from the Antwerp, Brussels, and Liège metropolitan areas. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and the King Baudouin Foundation, Brussels. Participants in this exchange will examine a wide range of topics relating to immigration in Belgium and the U.S. through one- to two-week workshops in both countries. Workshops on both sides of the Atlantic will include combined group sessions, site visits to local organizations, and visits to participants' organizations. Excursions to other cities to examine practices related to immigration and integration in other communities in the U.S. and Belgium are planned.
The 2008 Cultural Crossing program timeline is as follows:
- One-week workshop in Brussels, Antwerp, and Liège, March 8-16, 2008
- Two-week workshop in New York, Atlanta, and Denver, May 3-17, 2008
- Two week workshop in Washington, DC, Detroit, and Seattle, October 4-18, 2008
- Three-day workshop in Brussels, December 7-11, 2008
Cultural Crossing is designed for professionals who work in organizations that serve immigrant communities. We invite applications from a diverse mixture of community leaders, educators, journalists, members of community-based organizations, coaches, and others who want to examine immigration and integration in the U.S. and Belgium and gain insight into their own work through a transatlantic exchange.
The application deadline is November 30, 2007.