About the Institute

The Albanian Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts, culture, society, and education.

We bring the community together through exhibitions, public programs, digital services, publishing, and connecting people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

Through strategic alliances and partnerships, we continually expand our reach, ensuring that our impact resonates with new audiences far and wide. By forging these collaborations, we amplify our capacity to raise awareness, preserving our rich heritage, and promote cultural understanding.

We offer a unique and compelling insights into today’s world, highlight issues that impact our lives most, and present contemporary culture often in collaboration with a global network of artists from all disciplines.


Video: Our work and mission

Commitment to the arts and culture, advancing knowledge and learning

What we do

Our programs and exhibitions capture the wide range of Albanian cultural expressions and art forms, from tradition to modern. Programs range from music to literature, from film to theatre and dance, visual arts, to architecture, design and fashion, in addition to talks and lecture series, with collaborations across these disciplines and others, in the U.S. and around the world. Our work is directly informed by those shaping the cultural conversation as we speak. From live events and performance, to intimate discussions and gatherings – our programming invites the community to come together, discuss, share and celebrate higher lerning that broaden our understanding, and the power of the arts to challenge, activate, and nourish.

Leadership — Our people, our community, our greatest strength.

The institute’s leaders come from a broad range of backgrounds and have expertise and experience ranging from science and technology to medicine, public policy, education, communications, law, and business. Our leaders are guided by the institute’s mission to inspire, to advance learning, and to create access and opportunity.

From the dawn of human history, the arts and humanities have been a beacon of light and understanding, recording our stories and advancing new ways of thinking. Our mission is to making the arts and humanities more accessible to people of all backgrounds, uplifting more voices, and inspiring new generations by showing the transformative power of arts, knowledge, and ideas. Our work is directly informed by those shaping the conversation as we speak. From live events and performance, to intimate discussions and gatherings – our programming invites the community to come together, discuss, share and celebrate. Read a letter from director Dino Korca

A community dedicated to advancing the culture, knowledge, and learning, committed to engaging with the critical issues that shape our lives, our society, and our world. We represent the Albanian community from its own point of view and in its own voice. The Institute is guided by a core belief that ordinary people working together can change history. At the heart of our community, culture brings us together.

Albanian Film Institute

The Albanian Film Institute program supports, presents, and promotes Albanian cinema, and actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers and film talent globally. This mission is accompanied by a commitment to expand our audiences and make film and artists’ moving image works accessible to the most diverse and widest possible audience. We believe in the power of stories to engage, challenge, and drive change. Stories are what shape our collective understanding of the world and each other.

Digital Programs

Digital channels serve as a primary means for disseminating much of institute’s programming. In addition, Albanian Institute Channel presents a distinctive and evolving programme of original films, documentaries, talks, podcasts, special series and original stories. We explore and unpacks the artistic process, thinking, and ideas, reaching new audiences on new platforms, collaborating with passionate artists to amplify their voices, and to nurture our community. Albanian Institute also maintains a constant presence across social media platforms, to further serve and engage with our audiences and providing opportunities for direct and ongoing connection — Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook.

Albanian Institute is a result of constantly evolving collaborations with a broad network of individuals, organizations, governments, and businesses, developed through contributions, support, and trust. The longevity of our relationships is indicative of how focused and successful our strategic work is in supporting our partners and collaborators to create opportunities worldwide.

European Union National Institutes for Culture

The Albanian Institute is a member of the European Union National Institutes for Culture, Europe’s largest network of educational and cultural organizations, with a global presence.

Google Arts & Culture

Google Cultural Institute. Experience the Albanian Institute as never before on Google’s digital museum platform. 

Dino Korca (center), Director of the Albanian Institute, hosts a meeting with partners. Photo: Jordi Rubio/ New York, 2016.

Your gift helps us uplift more voices, create more opportunities, and offer more vital programs that inspire new generations. Our goals are incredibly ambitious, but we know that through the unwavering loyalty of our Albanian Institute Family, we will seize this moment to build upon our storied legacy. Together, with your generosity, we will achieve nothing short of transformational.

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