In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the People to People program of sister cities. He set up this project recognizing that the surest way to break community cycles of fear and misunderstanding was for people to understand one another. He knew that for this shift to happen, it must come not through governments, but through the hearts of people yearning for dignity, freedom, and peace. Sister cities or twin towns are a form of legal or social agreement between towns, cities, counties, oblasts, prefectures, provinces, regions, states, and even countries, in geographically and politically distinct areas, to promote cultural and commercial ties.
The Brookland Exchange Project (B.E.P.) adopted the historic practice of sister cities or people-to-people relationship building, for the social and community benefit of common cities, to encourage cultural exchanges through exhibits and other programs.
B.E.P. is founded by curators Eric Murphy of (Oakland, CA) and Tarisse Iriarte (Brooklyn, NY & Puerto Rico) owner of an NY-based Art Advisory firm, Curated Concepts, LLC.
B.E.P.'s mission is to foster sister city relationships for the social, and economic benefit of common cities and encourage cultural exchange through exhibition and programs centering on predominantly black and brown communities.