Global Art Lab

Global Art Lab responds to current artistic and cultural issues in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus through collaborations, exchanges, performances, professional development workshops and short-term residencies. Since 1998, Global Art Lab, previously VisArt, has brought more than 300 US artists, curators, performers and managers to cities throughout Russia and Central Asia to collaborate with local artists and arts specialists. These projects have generated large audiences, ongoing alliances and excellent critical attention. Global Art Lab focuses on visual art, contemporary music and professional development for young arts leaders.

Each year, projects designed in collaboration with CEC’s partners in Russia and Central Asia bring new ideas and energy to developing arts communities and facilitate dialogue amongst both artists and audiences. The geographic reach and project scope continue to expand in response to local needs and interests. Among our long-time partners are the PRO ARTE Foundation (St. Petersburg), the National Centers for Contemporary Art (Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, and Yekaterinburg), Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Media Center Vykhod (Petrozavodsk), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Ilkhom Theater (Tashkent), Omnibus Ensemble (Tashkent), Bactria Cultural Center (Dushanbe), and Art East (Bishkek).

Arts Leadership Fellows
The Arts Leadership Fellows (ALF) program provides an opportunity for talented, young arts managers and cultural journalists from Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia to visit the US, where they meet with colleagues and observe the operation of US arts organizations, and take site visits to museums, galleries, and performing arts events.

Tryst and System of Units in NYC

Art Prospect
A public art festival in St. Petersburg, Russia which engages city residents through multidiscplinary art forms, presentations and workshops created by an international roster of artists and art collectives.

Back Apartment Residency
The ArtsLink Back Apartment Residency program provides opportunities for international artists and curators to conduct research, create new work, collaborate with the local arts community, and create special projects in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Playing Together
Playing Together: Sharing Central Asian Musical Heritage is a two-year program of workshops, public events, and collaborations in traditional and contemporary music, which brings together young musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan under the leadership of Central Asian, US and Indian experts.


Contemporary Visual Art
US artists, curators, critics, and arts specialists conduct workshops, lectures, seminars, exhibitions and residencies in Russia and Central Asia organized in collaboration with local partners.

Felix Galindo's Project for Wall Street

Contemporary Music
Musicians, ensembles, and performers from the US and Central Asia perform concerts and conduct educational programs and residencies in the US, Russia and Central Asia.


Participatory Museum Exchange
The Participatory Museum project supports the development of community engaged programs in Russian museums through direct exchange between US and Russian museum professionals.


Traditional American Music Festival
Spring 2012, Spring 2013
The Traditional American Music Festival brought American musicians to cities across Russia who exemplify traditional American music values while pushing the boundaries of their genres. The festival was supported by the US Embassy in Moscow.


Global Art Lab in Central Asia- Projects and workshops which have taken place in Central Asia.

Regional Partners - List of Global Art Lab's international partner organizations.

Past Projects - A comprehensive summary of all Global Art Lab projects since 2001.

Project Blogs- Links to all blogs written by participants in CEC ArtsLink's various projects.