An American Cultural Center (ACC) has opened in Tbilisi earlier today.
US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan attended the opening ceremony at which she stated that ‘this is a fantastic new initiative’ for a strong partnership between the two countries.
This is a fantastic new initiative, the American Culture Center that was launched today and designed to bring together Americans and Georgians, and show how much we have in common, how many initiatives we are doing together, and to look for new opportunities to continue this strong partnership.” Ambassador Degnan said.
It is a private initiative, but it complements what the United States Embassy and the United States have been doing here in Georgia for almost thirty years https://t.co/ZNu9l2X53S— U.S. Embassy Tbilisi (@usingeo) September 2, 2021
The ACC will focus on the arts, culture and education-related projects and will ‘promote cultural links between the US and Georgia.’
It (ACC) is a private initiative, but it complements what the US Embassy and the US have been doing here in Georgia for almost thirty years: educational exchanges, cultural exchanges, English language classes,” stated Ambassador Degnan.
The ACC was established on February 6, 2020, by the editor of The Financial Zviad Pochkhua, president of Georgian-American University (GAU) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Michael Cowgill and Metronome editor Eugene Jokhidze.
The organisation aims to ‘raise public awareness about American values, culture, traditions as well as ongoing U.S assistance to Georgia in fields of security, military, democracy and economic development.’
The US has been a financial contributor to Georgia since 1992 and the country has received more than 4 billion USD in financial aid.