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The Art in Embassies: Morocco course is a partnership between RISD and the U.S. Department of State’s office of ART in Embassies (AIE). This collaborative project has been designed to promote cross-cultural exchange, and to recognize and nurture the talents of the next generation of professional artists.

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The Art in Embassies: Morocco course is a partnership between RISD and the U.S. Department of State’s office of ART in Embassies (AIE).  This collaborative project has been designed to promote cross-cultural exchange, and to recognize and nurture the talents of the next generation of professional artists.  Renowned artist Jim Drain is working cooperatively on a sculpture for the new US embassy Rabat, Morocco, with a select group of students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

During their semester, questions Jim and the students discussed during the design and construction phase were "What does it mean to make a sculpture for a US Embassy?", "What does it mean to borrow symbols of another culture?", "What is cultural diplomacy and how do you design for it?".

The students worked with Jim throughout the course in the winter of 2012 to design an outdoor sculpture which debuted in Washington D.C. for the 50th Anniversary of Art in Embassies. Jim's blog and the student's progress throughout the course may be read HERE.

One of the students, Carmel Dunlap, was recently inspired to travel to Morocco after taking Jim's classes.  

Morocco was a dream world that I lived in reality. I am so inspired and feel so deeply in love with this country and culture. It is so special and beautiful. I rolled with the river of the city and spent my whole time in Marrakech and a little time in Casablanca. I am still very inspired to work internationally doing creative things, thank you so much for connecting me with my passions... - Carmel Dunlap


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