American Spaces Exemplify the United States Commitment to a core tenet of democracy: the citizen’s right to free access to information. With nearly 850 Spaces worldwide, American Spaces provide access to the latest, in-depth information about the United Staes, Connecting Americans and host country citizens in engaging discussions on United States policy, society, culture and values.
SPACES for conversations
Hosted in embassies, schools, libraries, and other partner institutions worldwide, American Spaces provide welcoming environments where foreign visitors can connect and learn about the United States. U.S. experts, U.S. government officials, and other Americans engage visitors on U.S. policy and society. Alumni gather to share experiences and reconnect with America.
SPACES for information
American Spaces are platforms for teaching skills providing information. Visitors can find answers to questions about U.S. and issues of global concern. They can connect to the U.S. on sensitive but important issues such as HIV/AIDS and human trafficking – through digital programs. Poster shows and other exhibits illustrate the diversity of American society. IIP-managed online database, publications, videos, photos, and speakers are key resources.
SPACES for Engagement
A multifunctional platform for public diplomacy programs, American Spaces Promote open dialogue, counteract negative preconceptions, and build bridges of understanding. Often located outside of capital cities, they introduce the U/S/ to residents who have limited exposure to American culture and ideals. Foreign Service Officers speak to local audiences, and field-based Information Resource Officer corps provides professional guidance to host institutions, identifies appropriate information resources, and trains both embassy and local staff on current methods to reach out to their audiences.