Speakers and Artists

Speakers Program
Each year in partnership with U.S. Embassies in Africa, Africa Regional Services (ARS) organizes about a hundred of events for the African public to build dialog with American experts.
The ARS Speaker and video-conferencing program provides U.S. Embassies a tool to better explain American perspectives with independent American experts who participate in lectures, seminars, workshops, representational events, and conferences with African publics.  These exchanges allow for a better understanding of American society, its values and opinions.

ARS recruits American speakers, funds the programs and ensures the logistics after a U.S. Embassy has identified a need for a particular program in support of the U.S. foreign policy goals and public diplomacy objectives.  These programs are held in two formats:

  • Virtually, by video conference, Skype, or Google+ Hangouts:  the American speaker calls Africa from the ARS studio in Paris; OR
  • Through travel to Africa.

The American speakers recruited by ARS are from a variety of backgrounds (business, health, education, arts).  They are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience, and engaging in conversation with their African counterparts and African youth.  They must speak fluent French or Portuguese in addition to fluent English.

Are you an American, living in Europe and willing to contribute to the dialogue between Africans and Americans?
Contact us at ARSSpeaker@state.gov


Artists Program

Each year in partnership with American Embassies in Africa, Africa Regional Services organizes about a hundred events for the African public to build dialog with American experts.

Through the ARS Performing Artists program, ARS works with U.S. Embassies to showcase the diversity and richness of American art to the African public, and to allow American and African artists to collaborate on projects.

ARS recruits American artists, funds the programs and ensures the logistics after a U.S. Embassy has made a request for a performing artist program in support of U.S. foreign policy goals and public diplomacy objectives.  Unlike the Speaker program, the Performing Artist program occurs exclusively on site, by travelling to Africa by invitation of the local U.S. Embassy.

Dancers, choreographers, musicians, and singers recruited by Africa Regional Services reside in Europe.  They must speak French or Portuguese in addition to being fluent in English.  These American artists are passionate about sharing their art and experience with their African counterparts and African youth.  When travelling in Africa, they give concerts, conduct workshops, participate in panel discussions, and/or meet with the local press.

Are you an American, living in Europe and wishing to participate to American Embassies’ cultural activities in Africa?

Contact us at ARSSpeaker@state.gov