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U.S. Department of State

Democracy Collections

Celebrating 250 Years of America Democracy

Museums, galleries, collectors and artists are marking the 250th milestone by gifting works of art to help American diplomats tell the story of America's democracy.

As the U.S. approaches the 250th anniversary of its founding, Art in Embassies is working with cultural institutions, artists, families, and galleries to curate art collections that will be available for exhibition in U.S. Embassies and Ambassadors’ Residences under blanket long-term loan agreements.

250th Anniversary Collection

Morning Colors, 2023, by Kristin Cronic, a recent 250 for 250 donation

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of America’s founding, Art in Embassies will add 250 new donated artworks to its repository of works, an initiative called 250 for 250. On the heels of AIE’s 60th anniversary Democracy Collection initiative, 250 for 250 artworks, combined with collections of long-term blanket loans from leading cultural institutions, will support American diplomats globally to celebrate 250 years of American democracy.