ISLAMABAD - The US Embassy Islamabad and the Pakistan-US Alumni Network (PUAN) Friday hosted the premiere of the short film "Art for Social Change ," which documents the experiences of 14 Pakistani artists on an exchange programme to the United States.
The 14 artists represent a larger group of emerging artists whose work appeared in the "Pakistani Voices" exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC 
"The artists used a silent yet powerful medium to share their culture with an American audience to engage in a cultural dialogue," said US Embassy Minister Counsellor for Public Affairs Peter Brennan at the premiere. 
"All the artists whose work was selected for this exhibit are to be commended for their fearlessness in calling attention to the struggles of everyday people, and highlighting critical new ways of thinking." While in the United States, the participants collaborated with US art activists, engaged in community art projects, and explored ways to use their art to promote key social issues in their communities.  "Not only did the artists have the chance to learn about US arts culture, they also met with local counterparts to learn how to transform an idea for social change into a community art project," explained Assistant Cultural Affairs Attaché Jen McAndrew. 
"We hope this exchange will give the artists the tools to use their art to make a positive impact in their communities back in Pakistan," he added.  At the reception following the screening, the artists also exhibited new artwork inspired by their US exchange experience.  The US government invests nearly $40 million annually on exchange programs for Pakistani citizens.