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Marisa N. Benson

Founder, Arts Consultant, Cultural Heart

Cultural Heart Consulting 87 Pennwood Drive, Ewing, NJ 08638, United States Tel: +1-609-384-5539



Marisa N. Benson is an arts consultant with expertise in cultural diplomacy, arts management, and government relations. She is the founder of Cultural Heart, a portal for Cultural Exchange and Professional Development, (currently in beta-mode). She provides arts consultancy services for small and mid-size arts organizations both within the U.S. and in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and she advises individual artists on international opportunities for cultural engagement. Presently, she also works on international internships and fellowships for undergraduate students at Princeton University. As a speaker, Marisa has presented at conferences in Africa, the Middle East and in the United States on the topics of the value of cultural exchange, professional development opportunities, the potential of online arts portals, the creative economy, and the role of government in the arts. In addition to speaking engagements, she is also a rapper/spoken word artist and performs regularly in the tri-state area, and abroad. Prior to these experiences, she served as a Cultural Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of State. During this period, she contributed to the success of cultural exchange, and professional development programs in the performing, literary and visual arts. These programs included the American Music Abroad Program, the Cultural Visitor and Fellows Mentoring Program, the Cultural Envoy program, and Performing Arts Initiative and the International Writing Program. She holds a degree in Diplomacy with focuses on cultural policy and African politics.