Cultural Programs

The Cultural Affairs Office of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy works closely with a wide range of Malaysian public and private organizations to encourage broader understanding of the United States and its relationship with Malaysia through a variety of cultural programs.

The U.S. Embassy brings a number of visiting American speakers to talk on topics and issues of mutual interest to Malaysian audiences.  Among the topics are U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. Economic Policy, Counterterrorism, Democracy and Human Rights, Global Climate Change, and U.S. Society, Culture and Values. Video conferencing can also be arranged between speakers and Malaysian audiences. Embassy officers are also available to speak at Malaysian institutions.

From time to time, the U.S. Embassy brings American artistes to perform for Malaysian audiences.  Among the performing arts programs are jazz, string quartets, dance and the U.S. Air Force and Navy bands.

Established by the United States Department of State in 1964, the Art in Embassies Program is a global museum that exhibits original works of art by U.S. citizens in the public rooms of approximately 180 American diplomatic residences worldwide.  To learn more, click here.

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is the only program in the U.S. Government that provides direct small grant support to heritage preservation in developing countries.  The program was established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 with US$1 million, and to date has supported 437 projects worldwide, totaling more than US$11 million.

The U.S. Embassy offers grants to Malaysian institutions, organizations and individuals to assist in organizing cultural programs and activities for Malaysians. These programs include American Studies, performing arts, entrepreneurship, empowering women and youths, strengthening democracy, interfaith forums and combating extremism. Proposals may be submitted all year round, and are subject to funding availability.  Please click here to refer to the guidelines for submissions and to download application forms.