Paintbrush Diplomacy encourages awareness of international issues and supports children’s causes through a variety of programs including educational exchanges, community exhibits, and special events.
For nearly three decades, Paintbrush Diplomacy has facilitated exchanges of art and personal stories between children across the globe. Children from Poland, Estonia, Russia, El Salvador, China, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, the United States and many other countries experience the diversity of cultures, seeing at the same time that we have more similarities than differences.
We all seek peace, freedom, and light in the darkness. We hope to encourage friendliness and foster a sense of community among children of the world.
Officially founded in San Mateo, CA in 1975, Paintbrush Diplomacy became a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation with tax-exempt status in 1986. Since then, Paintbrush Diplomacy has become a San Francisco Bay Area success story. The Art Exchange grew to include 10,000 children in 100 countries annually. Paintbrush Diplomacy has been funded by, and has had art exhibits with, the United Nations, UNICEF, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, VISA International, Rotary International, the Peace Corps, the World Affairs Council, and many other regional organizations. We truly believe that this is the beginning of a brighter future yet to come.