Speakers and Artists

U.S. Speakers and Artists Program

U.S. Embassies use Africa Regional Services (ARS) U.S. Speaker and Artist Program to explain American perspectives on a wide range of topics using independent American experts who participate in lectures, seminars, workshops, events, and conferences with African publics.  These exchanges promote a better understanding of American values and policies.

ARS programs speakers in two formats:

  • In-person, by traveling to specific locations in Africa.
  • Virtually, by Zoom.

ARS U.S. speakers and artists help U.S. Embassies meet U.S. foreign policy goals through public diplomacy.  Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds such as business, health, education, journalism, and other fields.  Artists come from dance, music, storytelling, and other professions.   ARS funds the programs and ensures the logistics for participating speakers and artists.

Interested in applying to ARS U.S. Speakers and Artists program?

It’s an open competition for U.S. citizen individuals to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to be considered for a small grant as a guest speaker or artist to conduct outreach activities that enhance the understanding of the United States in sub–Saharan Africa. The submission of the SOI is the first step in a two-step process. Applicants must first submit a concise one-page statement of interest designed to clearly communicate their area of expertise, credentials, and language ability and attach a CV or resume.

The purpose of the SOI is to allow applicants to submit their credentials for consideration of inclusion on ARS’ roster of available speakers who will collaborate with U.S. embassies and consulates in sub-Saharan Africa to reach target audiences.

Upon a merit review of eligible SOIs, selected applicants will be notified of their inclusion on the ARS roster. The second step begins once names are included on the roster. The second step is the selection by staff of ARS and Embassies and consulates for a specific program and is based on specific objectives, audience, and subject matter. All programs must include U.S. elements such as materials, case studies, or cultural elements that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Closing date is September 30, 2023.

More information on at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344072

Questions? Contact us at ARSSpeaker@state.gov.