International Cultural Exchange Committee

International Cultural Exchange CommitteeMission

The International Cultural Exchange Committee was founded in 2006 “to promote education, understanding, and cooperation through exchanges between Geneva and receptive cities in other countries and to foster international cultural exchange within the Geneva community.”

The First Eight Years

The centerpiece of our work has been our cultural partnership with Croissy-sur-Seine, France, a beautiful town on the banks of the Seine outside of Paris and the setting for many famous Impressionist paintings. Our French friends — artists, musicians, museum curators, business leaders, and city officials — have visited Geneva on three separate delegation visits. Artists from Croissy exhibited their work here at Gallery 28, and the Rive Droite-Rive Gauche jazz group jammed with the Geneva High School Jazz Band. In 2013, Geneva children and Croissy children painted and exchanged scenes in the Impressionist style of the Fox River and the Seine.

We have also traveled across the pond three times, where we have stayed with host families and been treated to the area’s culture and cuisine. These memorable exchanges have created enduring friendships that will last forever.

Here in Geneva, we have had a booth at the Sweden Väst at the annual Swedish Days Festival the past three Junes, where Genevans have exchanged conversation with Swedes via Skype. We have also given tours of Geneva High School to French students who are hosted by Geneva families each summer through a privately arranged exchange.

What We Are Doing Now

We are partnering with Geneva schools and cultural institutions to broaden Genevans’ international cultural horizons by:

  • Curated a photo exhibition featuring Geneva as cultural partner, to be held in Croissy in 2016.
  • Leading foreign film discussions at the Geneva Public Library
  • Expanding Croissy/Geneva art exchanges to high schools and middle schools.
  • Hosted a delegation visit from our Croissy friends in 2015.

How To Get Involved

The Committee usually meets at 5:15 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall, 109 James St. Kindly refer to the Agenda Center for upcoming meeting date; minutes of past meetings can also be found there.

You can also subscribe to the ICEC's online newsletter.

Board Members

Cynthia Albright Angela Chalberg Pool
Bobbi Alderfer Kari Kraus
David Bald Denise Snyder
Pam Cabeen

Contact Us
If you have a question or would like more information about the International Cultural Exchange Committee, feel free to send them an email.