Program Planning

Creative programming is what brings American Spaces alive, and interesting, engaging programs are key to success. Visitors are drawn to events ranging from small discussion groups and live music performances to lectures, seminars, film showings, exhibits, round-table discussions, English language learning and educational advising. Programming checklists can help, and we have provided two examples — a simple program checklist and a more detailed program planner.

Other helpful planning references:

According to the standards, American Spaces should offer a minimum of 24 programs a year, but most do many more. Program planning should be done in consultation with the U.S. embassy/consulate to ensure it is consistent with embassy/consulate priorities and makes the best use of available resources. American Spaces should develop and maintain a three-month calendar of programs: Examples of topics include:

  • strengthening civil society
  • combating corruption
  • countering violent extremism and disinformation
  • preventing and responding to internal conflict, atrocities and fragility
  • improving economic and social entrepreneurship
  • encouraging environmental protection (such as wildlife conservation or response to climate change)
  • advancing human rights (strengthening ethnic and religious minorities, women and girls, LGBTI individuals and people with disabilities)
  • supporting rule of law and good governance
  • broadly advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) engagement