The Eurasian Cultural Alliance is a public association that focuses on the arts and culture sector in the social and economic development of Kazakhstan. The Alliance’s main objective is to modernize the country’s arts and culture sector and create a strong cultural conglomerate capable of implementing socially important projects in Kazakhstan and abroad. Among its activities are: participation in the development and popularization of the contemporary art of Kazakhstan; enrichment of the cultural life of Kazakhstan and the Asian region, promotion the values of national and world culture; transformation of the urban environment; Public Cultural Zones (creation of cultural areas in shopping centers and recreation and entertainment parks); set-up art facilities in frequently visited public places and in front of office buildings, etc.; organization of cultural events, such as festivals, concerts, exhibitions and fairs, scientific and creative discussions, creative laboratories, seminars, conferences, symposia, round tables, briefings, master classes, workshops, art residences.
The Ilkhom theatre
The Ilkhom Theatre was founded in 1976, and it is still the only independent theater in Uzbekistan. Ilhom's activities include not only theatrical art but also expanding cultural boundaries in the region, enriching the cultural urban environment, exchanging experiences, including international ones, between artists and other cultural figures. There are a School of Dramatic Art, Ilkhom theater gallery, ensemble of modern music, Central Asia Laboratory of Young Directors.
ArtEast is a non-governmental organization founded by three Kyrgyz freelance artists in 2002. The main mission of the organization is to strengthen the role of the contemporary visual arts as an integral component for the harmonious development of civil society in Kyrgyzstan and to provide support to artists to create artworks that are free of ideological and commercial pressure.
Bukhara Photo Gallery
Bukhara Photo Gallery aims to develop and promote art photography in the region. Many of its projects address social and political issues through photography and facilitate interaction with the local creative community, including photographers, artists, and others. Its main activities are photo exhibits, photography workshops, and participation in local and international photography events.
Dushanbe Art Ground
Dushanbe Art Ground/Sanati Muosir – is a non-profit organization registered in 2012 in Dushanbe. DAG mission is to advocate for the development of contemporary art practices in Tajikistan, to redefine the role of the artist in contemporary society and shift the function of the artist from mere producer to engaged researcher and critic. DAG strategy is to achieve long-term sustainable development for new media arts and new platforms where creative and civic communities could collaboratively invent alternative avenues for social development and change.
Open Place artistic platform supports creative research and strives to establish connections between the art process and different communities in Ukrainian society. Open Place’s activities support meetings and collaborations in order to offer a variety of perspectives on the development of art, politics and socio-cultural transition. Open Place’s goals are to form a cultural area, where society becomes an active participant in cultural events, a co-creator of common values, artistic events and cultural context and to take part in discussions, sharing experience, ideas and influences between artists and curators from Ukraine and other countries.
Founded in 2000 and based on rather long working experience as an independent cultural actor, Oberliht aims to interconnect dispersed artistic scenes and build an artistic community making use of public spaces. The Association aims to provide support to young artists and contribute to their professional development. It develops and maintains interdisciplinary platforms and projects aiming to connect the local and international contemporary art and culture initiatives, and advocates for a strong and independent cultural sector in Moldova and in the region.
Its activities include: cultural action (supporting artistic production); research of public space transformations; advocacy actions; non-formal education; community building and organizing; editorial and publishing activity (translation and dissemination).
Salaam Cinema is a community based cinema and art space, run by a team of creatives to create social awareness through artistic practices and build bridges between communities, social classes and cultures. The team has a horizontal organizational structure and operates the space by the fundamental principles of inclusivity, equality and diversity. Salaam Cinema’s mission is to: offer quality programming of creative films, performances, exhibitions & educational events; support local film-making and film history; support local artists and encourage community collaboration drawing inspiration from the city and activating the local urban vision; create opportunities for the development of personal skills for young creatives; and to build and exchange collective knowledge through non-formal education and experiential processes.
The State Silk Museum
The State Silk Museum was built as part of the Caucasian Sericulture Station in 1887. The collections and exhibitions explore all aspects of silk production and its rich history. Since 2016, the museum has been collaborating with local and international contemporary artists and curators.
The Suburb Platform is an initiative of AICA Armenia and Mekhitar Sebastatsi Art School to provide local and international artists and curators with an open space to exhibit and discuss art projects and solo exhibitions. Because Suburb Platform doesn’t have a permanent location, its main activities (artists’ talks, workshops, discussions, presentations and screenings) take place in different places in Yerevan. Independent curator, Eva Khachatryan, directs the residency program. As a researcher and curator, her work focuses on self-organization and autonomy in the field of contemporary art. Eva initiates and directs educational programs for emerging artists and organizes local and international exhibitions, presentations, and seminars and visual art and electronic music exchange programs.