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.
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.