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About the program


In person and Livestream

Program Location

Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, IL

A two-day assembly featuring perspectives from leading artists rooted in their communities around the world and key figures in cultural policy and practice, philanthropy, and social justice.

Thursday, November 16, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm CST
In person and Livestream
Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, IL

Friday, November 17, 9 am – 12 pm CST // 17:00 – 20:00 EET
Online Livestream from Kyiv, Ukraine

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 – seeks to spark new ways to dismantle, remember, repair, and reinvent the 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

What role do we each have to ensure the future is not what it used to be?

Day one features 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.

Day two focuses on the cultural reconstruction of Ukraine and features 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 will present a strategy document that distills many of the critical issues facing Ukraine’s cultural future caused by Russia’s war of aggression.

For the full ArtsLink Assembly 2023 program and registration, visit CEC ArtsLink’s website at

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. Livestream is produced and supported by ArtsLink Assembly 2023 is hosted by Experimental Station. Food is catered by Ketapanen Kitchen. Beer is generously donated by Moor’s Brewing Co.

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