Since our founding over 50 years ago, our organizations have been committed to being at the cutting edge of the most important issues facing the Western Hemisphere. And while the issues may change year to year, we are unwavering in our values, including democracy and human rights, integration and trade, the rule of law, and inclusive economic and social development for the region.
We convene policy, business, social, and cultural leaders and catalyze dialogue around solutions through our roundtables, conferences, delegations and other activities across the Americas. We empower women to stay in the workforce with our Women’s Hemispheric Network. We push for quality education—critical to the twenty-first century—through our disruptive education initiative. We promote a greater appreciation of the region’s diverse cultures to allow for better understanding of each other through our cultural programs. This includes our Music of the Americas program which showcases current and rising musicians from the region, as well as our Visual Arts program which brings exceptional Latin American visual arts exhibitions to New York City. And our Young Professionals of the Americas is ensuring the next generation of regional leaders is engaged in these important issues too.
As we close this year, we look to 2017 with enormous optimism but with a full understanding of the many challenges that confront the United States, the hemisphere, and the world. Today, it is even more important than ever for the Americas—the private and public sectors, cultural leaders, leaders of NGOs, and more—to be working together to drive prosperity and leadership throughout the region. We at Americas Society intend to take an active role in that engagement and dialogue, as we have done since our founding.
Today, we are even more passionate about our mission and committed to our values. But we can’t do any of this without your support and participation.