Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Transformazium, comprised of Leslie Stem, Caledonia Curry, Ruthie Stringer and Dana Bishop-Root, is a collaborative project located just outside of Pittsburgh, PA in a neighborhood that has experienced economic and demographic changes resulting from the loss of industry in the region. Transformazium aims to use the tools of the artist to call attention to existing wealth and strength in a place that is often considered under-resourced; to meet practical needs for information, communication and resource exchange among residents of a neighborhood and between neighborhoods; offer art and design consultation as a means for residents of a neighborhood to exercise critical aesthetic agency; exchange models of action and facilitate communication between neighborhoods and communities facing similar challenges.