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In April 2014, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) set up temporary headquarters at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. We invited hundreds of artists and organizations to  mix, meet, mingle, share and help spark a grassroots movement that harnesses the power of art and culture to cultivate empathy, equity, and social change. Each Café was divided into two sections. First, open space for mixing and tabling. Then, an open mic for both performances and project sharing. Complete with a barter board, interactive video booth, break-out conversati on tables, and pop-up performances, the USDAC Café created a vibrant space of encounter and dialogue for artists and cultural workers, catalyzing an array of new collaborations.