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Creative Horizons is a collaboration between The Institute for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (IREES), the Melikian Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Arizona State University, and the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University in Ohio. Alongside support for faculty and students at their respective universities, all three units share a commitment to promoting greater understanding of Russia and the surrounding region. Building on separate experiments in virtual programming since Spring 2020, this joint venture gives audiences in Florida, Arizona, Ohio and beyond the opportunity to hear from working artists in the region as they discuss their methods, perspectives and aspirations. 

The series features videos produced collaboratively by the featured artists and videographer Ari Gajraj. The videos are often accompanied by in-person events and online discussions featuring the artist and moderated by regional specialists from USF, ASU, or Miami University.

In 2023, IREES hosted author Yelena Lembersky whose grandfather, Felix Lembersky, was a prominent artist in the Soviet Union. Her visit was co-sponsored by the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. Yelena spoke to students and faculty on the USF Tampa campus and she gave a lecture at the Florida Holocaust Museum, which displayed her grandfather's paintings of the Holocaust. The following Creative Horizons video was produced following Yelena Lembersky's memorable visit:

The Creative Horizons series produces three videos per year that showcase the work of featured artists. We encourage faculty to use these videos in their classes. To view the full catalog of Creative Horizons videos, please use the link below:

Creative Horizons: Art in the Post-Soviet Era