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Mishiko Sulakauri, UNDERWATER FLOWS, 2020. Sulakauri is an ArtsLink International Fellow 2020 from Georgia. Project in collaboration with Unlisted Projects, Austin, Texas, 2021. Each dotted location on the map was planted and seeded with native milkweed to create a system of support for migrating monarch butterflies, mitigating adverse effects of genetic modification of milkweed.

CEC ArtsLink is a non-profit organization that advocates and supports transnational cultural mobility and collaboration, empowering artists and arts leaders to engage communities in dialogue and creative projects for a more equitable, compassionate, and sustainable world. We resolutely embrace inclusivity, independent expression, human rights, and the development of civil societies.

CEC ArtsLink supports dialogue between artists and communities through individual encounters, public events, transnational networks, and virtual platforms. Founded in 1962, CEC ArtsLink believed that it was essential for citizens of the United States and the Soviet Union to meet and build mutual trust, while their governments engaged in the Cold War. Today, artists and arts leaders play a vital role in nurturing civil societies. Through the simple act of bringing people together in a shared experience, through exploration of the unfamiliar, art can dissolve borders and help communities overcome distrust and insularity. As nations increasingly retreat behind their borders, it becomes imperative for the work of artists and arts leaders to catalyze communities in mitigating conflict and prejudice locally, nationally, and globally.

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