CEC ArtsLink presented The 2023 ArtsLink Assembly—a meeting of potent ideas and individual actions, of insights and practices, of artists and institutions, of engaging speakers and active listeners. The 2023 ArtsLink Assembly seeks to spark new ways to dismantle, remember, repair, and reinvent historic frameworks, ideas, and power structures.
How do we build an equitable cultural field activated through a lived process of unsettling and repair?
What would it look like to ground artistic culture in care, through a cultivation of local voices and needs? How might we nurture a transnational network of artists in their vital work on the front lines of social transformation?
What role do we each have to ensure the future is not what it used to be?
Day one featured a succession of MANYfestos, thought pieces, presentations, and discussions by leading artists rooted in their unique communities around the world and figures in cultural policy and practice, philanthropy, and social justice.
Megha Ralapati and Simon Dove // CEC ArtsLink
Cannupa Hanska Luger // artist, Santa Fe, NM
Anuradha Vikram // writer, curator, educator, Los Angeles, CA
Corey Chatman // Deputy Director, Chicago, IL
Hilesh Patel // artist, community organizer, Chicago, IL
Niketa Brar // policy strategist and civic systems organizer, Chicago, IL
Aymar Jean Christian // Open TV, Chicago, IL
Tempestt Hazel // Sixty Inches from Center, Chicago, IL
Asia Bazdyrieva // ArtsLink International Fellow, Ukraine
Public Art, Civic Practice
Faheem Majeed // Floating Museum, Chicago, IL
Risa Puleo // Counterpublic, St. Louis, MO
Rufina Bazlova // ArtsLink International Fellow, Belarus/Czech Republic
Irina Zadov // artist, Belarus/USA
Barbara Lanciers // Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York, NY
Angelique Power // Skillman Foundation, Detroit, MI
Lori Lea Pourier // First Peoples Fund, Rapid City, SD
Nutrition / Tradition
Jessica Walks First // Chef, Ketapanen Kitchen, Chicago, IL
Plant to Plate
Erika Dudley // artist, Chicago, IL
Gurdeep Loyal // food writer and broadcaster, London, UK
Patricia Nguyen // artist and educator, Chicago, IL
Letter From An Artist
Anonymous // artist, Global South
Aleksei Borisionok // ArtsLink International Fellow, Belarus/Austria
Leah Feldman // author, scholar, Chicago, IL
Rusanda Curcă, video MANYfesto // artist-farmer, ArtsLink alum, Moldova
Patricia Nguyen // artist, academic, Chicago, IL
Leyli Gafarova // ArtsLink International Fellow, Azerbaijan
Augusta Morrison // Sidewalk Detroit
Asad Ali Jafri // artist, organizer, Chicago, IL
Oyindamola Fakeye (online) // CCA Lagos, Nigeria
Antawan I. Byrd // art historian, Chicago, IL
Tracie D. Hall // public scholar, former Executive Director at the American Library Association, Chicago, IL
Community / Narratives
Andreea Lăcătuș // ArtsLink International Fellow, Romania
Amani Olu // artist, publicist, Detroit, MI
Lori Waxman // art writer, Chicago Tribune
Cannupa Hanska Luger // artist, Santa Fe, NM
Frank Waln // artist, Chicago, IL
Debra Yepa-Pappan // curator, Center for Native Futures, Chicago, IL
Day two focused on the cultural reconstruction of Ukraine and featured perspectives from key cultural voices. Emerging from the ideas and issues raised by Ukrainian artists and cultural leaders at last year’s ArtsLink Assembly in Warsaw, the Ukrainian Institute and independent Kyiv-based think tank CEDOS presented a strategy document that distilled many of the critical issues facing Ukraine’s cultural future caused by Russia’s war of aggression.
Welcome / Introductions
Volodymyr Sheiko // Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv
Simon Dove // CEC ArtsLink, New York
Tetyana Filevska // Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv
“Beyond Greener Grass: Strategies Toward Ukrainian Transnational Cultural Reconstruction”
Anastasiia Manuliak // Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv
Strategy: The Process
Olena Syrbu // Cedos, an independent think tank, Kyiv
Volodymyr Yermolenko // writer, philosopher, Kyiv
Kateryna Alymova // Kyiv Contemporary Music Days
Alevtina Kakhidze // artist, ArtsLink alum, Kyiv
Anton Ovchinnikov // artist, organizer, ArtsLink alum, Kyiv
Hnat Zabrodskyy // MOCA NGO, ArtsLink International Fellow, Kyiv
For the full ArtsLink Assembly 2023 program and registration, visit CEC ArtsLink's website.
The ArtsLink Assembly 2023 is curated and produced by CEC ArtsLink and made possible by support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Kirby Family Foundation. ArtsLink Assembly 2023 is hosted by Experimental Station. Food is catered by Ketapanen Kitchen. Beer is generously donated by Moor's Brewing Co.