The "Russkiy Mir" Center in Washington, DC, was established in 2010 as a result of the joint effort of American Councils for International Education and the "Russkiy Mir" Foundation (Russia). The long-term commitment of American Councils (founded in 1974) to promote cross-border understanding through culture, education and research, was supplemented and enhanced by "Russkiy Mir's" mission "to promote understanding and peace in the world by supporting and encouraging the appreciation of Russian language, heritage and culture". Our Center targets three major groups as its primary audience:
1) Russians (and Russian-speakers) who currently reside in the U.S. and are wishing to sustain their cultural identity;
2) University and school teachers of "anything Russian" who would like to include some authentic elements of Russian culture into their classrooms; and
3) The general American public interested in experiencing some Russian cultural authenticity - live or on-line - without suffering from the double jet-lag.
The extent of our mission is not only to share our resources but to also involve our audiences in mutually beneficial interaction. Elements of this "two-way street" may include but are not limited to: feedback, dialogue, volunteers' actions, to mention but few. We hope to learn from you as you learn from us.
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