CultureHub is a center for art and technology that connects communities around the world. To date, CultureHub has linked audiences with over 500 artists from 30 countries through live performances, exhibitions, web-based presentations, livestreams, and education programs. Founded in a partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City and the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea, CultureHub presents a regular season of public programming, including Refest 2.0, our annual festival; holds artists residencies; engages in research and development of creative technology; and creates educational programming that serves hundreds of teens and young adults annually, engaging the next generation of artists and creators.
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theater. La MaMa provides a supportive home for artists and takes risks on new work. An integral part of New York City’s cultural landscape, La MaMa has a worldwide reputation for producing daring work in theater, dance, performance art and music that defies form and transcends boundaries of language, race and culture. Founded in 1961 by legendary theater pioneer Ellen Stewart, La MaMa is a global organization with creative partners and dedicated audiences around the world. Now under the artistic direction of Mia Yoo, La MaMa is finding new ways and new technologies to fulfill La MaMa’s mission and global vision. La MaMa produces between 50-60 productions annually, most of which are world premieres. To date, over 5,000 productions have been presented at La MaMa with artists from more than 76 nations. La MaMa’s programming is culturally diverse, cross-disciplinary and draws audiences from all walks of life. In addition to low ticket prices, La MaMa distributes up to 7,000 free tickets annually to established nonprofit senior centers, women’s shelters, schools and other social service organizations through its Ticket Subsidy Program. La MaMa has been honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, and dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards. In 2006, Ellen Stewart was recognized with a special TONY Award for Excellence in the Theater.
SEOUL INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS
The Seoul Institute of the Arts, founded by renowned playwright Chi Jin Yoo in 1962, is a leading arts institution in Korea, educating more than 2400 students and creative professionals in 14 different artistic disciplines. SIA is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning located in the city of Ansan, South Korea, with a satellite campus located in Namsan, a neighborhood in downtown Seoul. A driving force in the Korean art and culture scene, the Institute has produced many well-known artists working in a variety of artistic fields. Seoul Arts has four primary goals that drive its educational and programmatic initiatives: to provide an educational environment that is both creative and global, to focus on collaboration and interdisciplinary work that preserves traditional Korean culture in new forms, to strengthen cooperation between industry and academia, and to support the integration of art and science. The Institute’s partnership with La MaMa and CultureHub enables it to better pursue these core tenants of its educational and artistic mission.