Mission

Photo © Erin Baiano

Art Without Borders, Inc. is a not-for-profit (pending 501(c)(3)  status) organization with a mission to inspire and expand students’ and educators’ imaginations through the arts and through cultural experiences. AWB aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the arts on multiple platforms to diverse audiences, both domestically and internationally.

ISKRITSA OGNIANOVA, FOUNDER & CEO

Iskritsa Ognianova is a multilingual Arts & Culture consultant with a regional focus on North America and Europe.

She has held executive roles in business development, fundraising, sales, integrated marketing and brand alliance campaigns, education, project management, media relations and broadcasting, special events, international tourism and cultural heritage management. Ms. Ognianova worked most recently at The Nederlander Organization, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – New York City Opera and New York City Ballet, Carnegie Hall, Discovery Times Square Museum, and The Arthur Miller Journal.

Raised in an opera theater family, she fell in love with the arts, theater and music, and graduated in Musical Theater Performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) New York after completing a Master’s in International Tourism from the University of Barcelona, Spain. Always eager to learn about all aspects of the arts and culture industry, she joined the nonprofit management graduate program at Columbia University, Ivy League. Other educational credits include Jazz voice performance from the Berklee College of Music, LICEU Conservatory Barcelona, Spain.

She is a polyglot, certified in English, Russian, Spanish and Bulgarian, and has also studied German, Italian, Catalan, and French.

Ms. Ognianova believes deeply in using the arts as a medium to create cross-cultural dialogue. Her New York experience will serve to build a bridge between the U.S.A. and Europe, and encourage global collaboration.

What teachers and students are saying about Art Without Borders New York

“For me, teaching has given me so much joy and motivation. I get the motivation from passing down the knowledge and seeing my student get it, apply the correction and really understand. It makes me want to work even harder!”

Emilie Gerrity, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet and AWB Teaching Artist

“The amount that my daughter has been able to learn and improve in the past few weeks of online classes has been astounding. This “virtual” method has provided concrete advantages that will benefit my child far beyond this pandemic.”

Emily Burke, Parent

“I thank you and all the dancers who are working with you from the bottom of my heart. If ballet does not die, it will be because of such efforts.”

Kenneth Gordon, New York Based Attorney and AWB Adult Student