The CWA links local and global communities expanding the international reach and artistic breadth of UF's academic programs. Recognizing the diverse and interconnected nature of the contemporary world, the Center tests new paradigms of research, curriculum, cultural programming, and public outreach. The CWA seeks to integrate a socio-artistic aesthetic into practice and study of the arts, exploring issues of identity, migration, race, gender and privilege through the lens of the arts. By valuing both unconventional and mainstream cultural practices, and using artistic processes as critical ways of understanding and interpreting the world, the CWA helps to stimulate new modes of learning in the arts. The Center creates and supports programs which offer diverse arts practice and performance opportunities, available to all UF students by audition and for majors in the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance. The Center hosts international artists and researchers in cultural exchange programs; and initiates, sustains, and supports networks of international artists, scholars, and presenters.