Global NY STEP 8 Grant Program Award - for travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend meetings scheduled through the U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key Matching Service. - November 14, 2019 to Promote "Made in New York" products for export to overseas market.
June 2019: Arts Envoy*, U.S. Department of State Cultural Exchange Program (Cambodia and Laos) Jun 2019, U.S. Department of State
- Michele Benjamin was awarded the opportunity to serve as "Arts Envoy" on behalf of U.S. State Department ECA, to bring public awareness to Animal Trafficking in Laos, and Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship in Cambodia.
- Michele Benjamin was awarded the opportunity to "Conduct art and jewelry workshops, give performances, and mentor art students, artists and youth on Wildlife Trafficking and other important social issues." US Mission, Laos
"The U.S. government’s Arts Envoy Program fosters cross-cultural understanding and collaboration between artists and students around the world. American arts professionals — including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, curators, and others —