A major part of the TCF mission is to increase people-to-people cultural exchanges between Turkey and the United States and bring people around the world together around Turkish culture and art. TCF advances this mission through a variety of programs which aim to enhance knowledge on Turkey's cultural heritage by engaging educators, cultural professionals, opinion leaders and the general public.
The purpose of the TCF cultural tours is to highlight Turkey’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage and promote Turkey as a cultural and educational travel destination.
More information on past and upcoming tours is listed here.
Teacher Study Tours to Turkey
In partnership with the World Affairs Council of America (WACA), every year, TCF takes American middle school and high-school teachers to Turkey on the TCF Teacher Study Tours. Through this program, teachers enhance their classroom curriculum while exploring Turkey. Upon their return, the teachers integrate their gained knowledge into their curricula and share their experiences with their local communities through TCF-funded cultural programs on Turkey, organized by local World Affairs Councils.
As of the summer of 2013 and since the program was initiated in 2007, TCF Study Tours have taken 479 American teachers to Turkey. Two tours have taken place in the summer of 2013 for a total of 52 American teachers.
Lecture Series Project
The TCF Lecture Series on Turkish Art and Culture
and the TCF Culinary Arts Center – YESAM Lectures
run year-round, featuring scholars, experts and practitioners with the goal to increase public knowledge on Turkish culture. The lectures take place at the Istanbul offices and at TCF-YESAM and are open to the public. TCF also partners with various institutions around the world, particularly in the United States, in organizing lectures on Turkish culture, featuring TCF resident scholars and other prominent experts. The TCF lectures at the Istanbul office and YESAM lectures can be viewed on the TCF Video Gallery
For more information on this program, please visit here
TCF Cultural Exchange Fellowship
The TCF Cultural Exchange Fellowship aims to support international exchanges between artists, as well as other professionals working in fields related to the arts and culture. The Fellowship is awarded competitively each year to Turkish and non-Turkish artists and other culture professionals. Individuals can apply for this TCF Fellowship to participate in a variety of programs, including conferences, exhibitions, festivals, collaborative projects in art and culture, as well as residency programs.
For more information, visit here.