In addition to creating art, exhibited in embassies around the world, the artists have spent their time speaking at workshops and exhibitions.
“Each of our recipients today — each of you — has done our world a service,” Biden added. “In other cities and other countries, you’ve woven more threads into that same tapestry of connection and fellowship. Because diplomacy isn’t only about the government-to-government relationship; it’s people to people, heart to heart.”
Each artist was presented with a medal at the ceremony, as their works were displayed on a screen along with the embassies worldwide where their art can be enjoyed.
“Art is about connection. Art is the evidence and expression of our humanity. And even when it’s easy to get caught up in differences, art can unite us,” Biden said.
“Connection is what diplomacy is all about.”