America’s Global Art Program

The U.S. State Department’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation might be America’s best (and least known) method for building global good will. The program, now in its fourth year of existence, “assesses proposals for funds to local cultural heritage projects put forward by US ambassadors in 121 countries rated medium and low in the UN human development index.” The annual budget is a paltry $1.2 million, but considering where the money is going, that kind of cash infusion can go a long way.