Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations. ICI provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.
Yona Backer is a producer, curator, consultant, and a founding partner of Third Streaming, LLC (3S). She has had a twenty-year career supporting artists and cultural institutions that fall outside of the mainstream, and is committed to a collaborative approach to arts programming and management. Before founding Third Streaming in 2010, Backer was Senior Program Officer at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York. In addition to evaluating grant proposals and researching potential grantee arts organizations across the country and around the globe, she helped conceive new national programs. One of these was the Curatorial Research and Art Writers grants, the latter administered in collaboration with the Creative Capital Foundation.