I have been giving a lot of thought to the idea of "Cultural Ambassadors" recently. On this site we are very interested in promoting dialogue between people who live far away from one another and may never meet in person. The hope being that a dialogue sparked by an interest in the Arts will lead to greater cultural understanding. I think artists who serve as Cultural Ambassadors are key in achieving this goal.
I'm just back from Buenos Aires where I spent time with two artists who used community based art projects to show me their city. I would consider these individuals to be cultural ambassadors (at least for the day). My mother worked for the State Department in one of the finest government programs this country ever turned out (in my humble opinion). She helped artists from the U.S. and abroad share their cultural heritage. There are other examples of "Cultural Ambassadors" I can think of that might not be quite as obvious to some. For example, a storyteller who passes on a tale for future generations or a musician who sings a song her grandmother taught her (perhaps with her own twist added) or a painter who uses a traditional technique to paint Pop art. So my question for you is - do you consider yourself a "Cultural Ambassador"? If so, in what way? Don't be afraid to get creative here. I'd love for you to blow my mind.