Impact of Exchange Exhibit

Where public art meets storytelling

Impact of Exchange: Stories from U.S. Exchange Alumni is an outdoor photo exhibit that combines storytelling, international exchange, and public art. Organized in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Photoville, a NYC-based nonprofit, this exhibit features 38 images taken by U.S. citizens during their time abroad on U.S. Government-sponsored or -funded exchange programs. Photos depict scenes of everyday life, community, and nature, and aim to inspire audiences to become future exchange participants. These photos, along with their accompanying stories, are printed on large, photo-vinyl cubes measuring 6-feet tall, and will be traveling to multiple cities across the United States over the course of 2023-2024 in an effort to inspire communities with low rates of exchange participation—based on data from the 2022 Open Doors report—to take part in these programs.

The Impact of Exchange exhibit will travel to the following locations:

Upcoming Stops

  • April 22 – June 6, 2024 | Boise, Idaho
    Hosted in partnership with Global Ties Idaho
    Grove Plaza
  • The final two locations will be Iowa and West Virginia (details forthcoming)

Past Stops

  • March 13 – April 10, 2024 | Little Rock, Arkansas
    Hosted in partnership with Global Ties Arkansas
    The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
  • August 31 – September 30, 2023 | Portland, Maine
    Hosted in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Maine 
    Eastern Promenade Trail along the Ocean Gateway

Read the exhibit announcement HERE.


*Photo by Ram Devineni, featured in the exhibit 

Impact of Exchange is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and implemented by Global Ties U.S. in partnership with the Office of Alumni Affairs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Photoville.