2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009


September 7-15, 2013
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Third Rail Projects (Tom Pearson & Marissa Nielsen-Pincus) collaborated with with dance artists in Kazakhstan for ArtBat Festival 2013 on a public performance called "Fountain".
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April, 2013

Throughout the month of April, US artists (Zach Morris and Tom Pearson of Third Rail Projects, Kendal Henry and Gabriel Reese) collaborated with local institutions and organizations in Central Asia, highlighting the unique perspectives of that community through a series of classes and a cumulative project. All four participants met in Bishkek at the end of April to see Third Rail’s final presentation. While there, Gabriel and Kendal also participated in a panel discussion on public art. 

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  • April 13-23, 2013
    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Zach Morris and Tom Pearson - Choreographers & Co-Directors of Third Rail Projects
    In partnership with Capacity Building Foundation, Zach and Tom conducted movement workshops with dancers, actors and performance artists, culminating in a final performance with participants.
  • April 14-23, 2013
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    Gabriel Reese- Artist
    Gabriel Reese worked with students at the Ilkhom Theatre in a master class entitled “The Power of Public Art.” Participants transformed an unused wall in the Theatre into a collaborative art project.
  • April 15-24, 2013
    Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Kendal Henry- Public Art Specialist
    Kendal Henry conducted lectures and workshops for young artists in preparation for the third ArtBat Contemporary Art Festival to take place in Almaty in Fall 2013.


June 19 - 28, 2012
Seven young artists from Central Asia and Russia working in public art came to New York City for an intense ten-day residency, filled with workshops, meetings, and studio visits. This included a workshop along 14th Street in Manhattan with Ed Woodham and other staff from the Art in Odd Places festival, studio visits with prolific streets artists Swoon and Gabriel Reese, and presentations by Sarah Schuster of the Wooster Collective.
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The GAL in Central Asia 2012 participants include:


CEC ArtsLink’s GAL in Central Asia continued in the Spring of 2011 with a visit to New York by six artists from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. During their intensive trip, the group met with organizations and artists working in the fields of public art and socially engaged art and visited a wide range of contemporary arts museums, galleries, and arts centers. Following this visit to NYC the program participants, together with CEC ArtsLink, chose 4 US artists to travel to Central Asia to conduct workshops and seminars in September and October, 2011.

Through meetings with some of New York’s leading organizations in the field of public art, including Creative Time, Third Rail Projects, No Longer Empty, the Percent for Art Fund, and Wooster Collective, the Central Asian artists learned not only how public art projects are designed and implemented in the U.S., but also about the wide range of artistic practices. They also conversed with numerous US artists working in the public realm including Clarina BezzolaMarisa JahnKendal HenryDaniel Gallegos, and Jason Eppink.

The program was not limited to meetings and conversation, however. The group collaborated with the artist Gabriel Reese on the creation of a large scale work on an outside wall in Brooklyn, spent the day at The Point in the Bronx learning about the important role of murals and graffiti in this community and helping a local artist complete a community mural, and toured galleries and public art works in Soho and Chelsea with the art critic Agnes Berecz.  In short, the 9-day program was filled to the brim with the best of the best in NYC public art today and was designed to encourage and explore possibilities of future cultural discourse between artists from both the US and Central Asia.

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The GAL in Central Asia Spring 2011 participants include:

To complete the reciprical exchange started in the spring of 2011, four groups of US artists were selected to travel to Central Asia to conduct workshops on their varying techniques in engaging communities and transforming public space. Through the months of September and October organizations in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan hosted a series of public art activities.

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In March 2009, CEC ArtsLink’s Central Asian partners – Shaarbek Amankulov, Tamara Kadyrbaeva, Georgy Mamedov, and Naim Hakimov – visited New York and San Francisco Bay area alternative arts spaces where they reviewed US artists’ applications for social practice art projects.

As a result of this visit, in September 2009 US artists Amanda Eicher, Daniel Gallegos and Jerome Waag, Kendal Henry, and Marisa Jahn conducted public programs and art projects in Bishkek and Osh (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe and Khujand (Tajikistan). These projects encouraged and enlivened engagement and accountability between the audience and the artists. For more information on each artist's project, follow the links below.

  • Amanda Eicher was hosted by Shaarbek Amankulov, Director of B’Art: Bishkek Art Center (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
  • Daniel Gallegos and Jerome Waag were hosted by Tamara Kadyrbaeva, art historian at Osh University and regional advisor to the Kyrgyz Minister of Culture (Osh, Kyrgyzstan).
  • Kendal Henry was hosted by Georgy Mamedov, Program Director of Bactria Cultural Center (Dushanbe, Tajikistan).
  • Marisa Jahn was hosted by Naim Hakimov, Director of Scientific Research at Institute of Art Knowledge, Sogdiana Cultural Center (Khujand, Tajikistan).

Funding for the Global ArtLab has been provided by the Christensen Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.