Simon Dove is a curator and educator and co-curator of Crossing the Line Festival, the annual trans-disciplinary fall festival in New York City. He was previously Executive and Artistic Director of Dancing in the Streets in NYC, and Professor of Practice and Director of the School of Dance at Arizona State University. His past international projects have included work with the Amsterdam Choreography Master’s program (Netherlands), Rachid Ouramdane (France), the Guardians of Doubt (UK), Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (USA), The Arab Dance Platform (Lebanon), Attakalari (India), and TseKH (Russia).
Simon was Curator and Artistic Director of Springdance, the international festival of new developments in dance and performance in the Netherlands from 2000 to 2007. Prior to that he ran one of the first National Dance Agencies in the UK, the Yorkshire Dance Centre in Leeds, was the founder and Artistic Director of Vivarta – the first contemporary South Asian performance festival in the UK, contributed to national dance policy development with the Arts Council of Great Britain, and programmed an innovative arts centre in London. He has written articles for the Performance and South Asian press, devised and presented a series for BBC Radio 3 on Dance and Music, and extensively mentored students and professional artists from many countries in developing their creative practices. Back to Top
Interim Managing Director
Zhenia’s 23 years of experience at CEC ArtsLink – from Development Assistant to the Interim Managing Director – are instrumental in ensuring smooth running of all programs and operations during the transition. Zhenia has produced a series of events about contemporary issues in the arts, CEC ArtsLink Talks and a public art workshop in NYC, Publicly Creative. She has played a key role in the development and implementation of the strategic plan that resulted in a more focused programming, engaged board and improved communication. Zhenia has produced many successful and memorable fundraisers. She co-edited a book of essays and history in honor of CEC ArtsLink’s 50th anniversary. Zhenia holds an MA degree in History from Lviv University (Ukraine); she studied Economics and Business Administration at Fordham University, New York.Back to Top
Program Director, Global Art Lab
Based in St. Petersburg, Susan has managed CEC’s St. Petersburg office since 1998 and also serves as the director of CEC ArtsLink’s Charitable Foundation in Russia. Susan designs and manages the Global Art Lab Program's public art, contemporary music and professional development projects in Russia and Central Asia and directs the Arts Leadership Fellows Program for arts managers and cultural journalists. She works closely with a diverse network of partner organizations, funders, and artists in the U.S., Russia and Central Asia to develop, finance, and coordinate these projects. She has more than 15 years experience in the field of international cultural exchange and has also worked for the Soros Foundation and the World Bank Cultural Fund in St. Petersburg. Susan has a Ph.D. in public administration (cultural policy) from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service and wrote her dissertation on the development of nonprofit cultural organizations in Russia. Back to Top
Consultant for Public Art Projects
Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and specializes in the field of public art for over twenty years. His work, often under CEC ArtsLink’s aegis, illustrates how public art can be used as a tool for social engagement and economic development through the projects and programs he’s initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, Central Asia, and the Caribbean.