CEC ArtsLink’s pioneering project One Big City, the first city-wide effort of its kind, engages New York City’s diaspora communities through the collaborative projects of local artists and their colleagues from the countries whose émigré populations contribute to New York’s unique makeup.  One Big City provides a platform for artists to explore cultural and artistic identities and heightens awareness of diverse cultural communities throughout New York.  It enables CEC ArtsLink to bring the cross-cultural discourse and the international network we have fostered for over fifty years directly to the communities in the boroughs.

    Over the course of two years beginning in spring 2012, local artists in visual, media and performing arts are paired with artists from countries with substantial immigrant communities in New York. Each overseas participant will travel to New York for a three-week residency to produce a collaborative work with a local artist. The results of the collaborations will be presented in a series of public programs throughout the city.

    Participants 2013

    Participants 2012

    Partner Organizations

    Four dynamic New York cultural organizations have enthusiastically committed to serving as venues and outreach partners for the program:
    BRIC Arts / Media / Bklyn in Brooklyn, The Kitchen in Manhattan, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and THE POINT Community Development Corporation in the Bronx.


    CEC ArtsLink is proud that One Big City was selected for a Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund grant and an award from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

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