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Cultural exchange programs between the US and Central and Eastern Europe since 1990Since its founding, in 1990, the Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) is the main supporterof the Young Visual Art Awards (YVAA) program. From the start, TMU has stewarded YVAA’svision, advancement, and achievements. This support has made a significant contribution tothe artistic development and exposure of artists from Eastern, Central and Southern Europe.

The YVAA program is constituted by eleven individual awards organized by local galleriesand institutions. Since its foundation, thanks to the TMU, the YVAA program has neverstopped growing by integrating more and more awards inside its structure.

The Young Visual Artists Award program was established in 1990 with the creation of theJindřich Chalupecký Award in Czechoslovakia with the mission of promoting and recognizingartistic accomplishment and promise by providing young artists with a US residency andcultural exchange experience. Under the aegis of President Vaclav Havel, the founders:Wendy Luers, President of the Foundation for a Civil Society, and a group of dissident artistsnamed this initial award after the Czech art historian Jindrich Chalupecky, underscoring therole of culture in democratization and civil society.

Over the years, the YVAA program has partnered with leading art organizations in eachcountry, reflecting the development and vibrancy of contemporary art in the region.Thisfounding mission and programmatic framework — to promote contemporary art, fostercultural exchange, and build the capacity of local art NGO’s — led by the Foundation for a Civil Society in New York City has guided the creation of the other eleven awards:

Jindřich Chalupecký Society, Prague, Czech Republic : Jindřich Chalupecký Award (1990)

Foundation – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia : Oskár Čepán Award


Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina, Kosovo : Artist of Tomorrow Award (2002)

Institute for Contemporary Art, SCCA, Zagreb, Croatia : Radoslav Putar Award (2002)

– Contemporary Art Center & FRU, Skopje, Macedonia : DENES Award (2002)

Remont Gallery, Belgrade – Mangelos Foundation, Novi Sad, Serbia : Mangelos Award


Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., P47 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia : OHO Award (2005)

KRAK: Center for Contemporary Culture, Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina : ZVONO Award


ZETA Contemporary Art Center, Tirana, Albania : Ardhje Award (2007)

Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria : BAZA Award (2008)


ISU – Institute of Contemporary Art, Cetinje, Montenegro : Milčik Award (2017)

YVAA operates in partnership with local nongovernmental art organizations to conduct anopen call and transparent annual and biannual competitions and curated exhibitions, throughwhich an independent and international jury selects a young visual artist as the winner andrecipient of a US residency.The Foundation for a Civil Society has managed not only the program’s development in theregion and cultural exchange with the US, making it the longest running wide-spreadprogram of its kind, but also a number of exhibitions, symposia, and other projects over theyears, intended to strengthen the network and foster greater exchange among the YVAApartners, artists, and cultural stakeholders in the region, Europe, and the US. To date, it has

organized seven such joint events in Prague, Belgrade, Prishtina, Bratislava, Tirana and the

US in Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and NY.Initially, the residencies for the YVAA award winners were hosted by the Headlands Center forContemporary Art in Sausalito, California. In New York, FCS started hosting the artists first inpartnership with International House and Columbia University, then later at the InternationalStudio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). Over the years, the YVAA program also partnered withart institutions such as Art in General and ApexArt.In 2015, Residency Unlimited (RU) assumed leadership of the YVAA program hosting theartists for two-month residencies in New York. Residency Unlimited supports the creationand presentation of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-roundpublic programs. Artists benefit from customized residencies, weekly studio visits bycurators and other arts professionals. Thanks to RU activities, events and sense ofcommunity, the residents are introduced to New York City and its wide art worldYVAA laureates have represented their country at the Venice Biennial and have had worksincluded at the Berlin, Lyon and Istanbul biennials, and international exhibitions asDocumenta and Manifesta, as well as in other exhibitions over the world. These artists’continued success at the international stage has significantly and positively impacted theartistic scenes in their 11 respective countries, where they are active as exhibiting artists,curators, teachers, and cultural leaders. The YVAA program counts more than 20organizations, over 50 arts professionals, close to 500 finalists, and countless applicants thathave been involved and participated in it over the past 32 years.

2. Data Collected
Data Storage Location

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Registration Data

If you register on our website, we store your chosen username and your email address and any additional personal information added to your user profile. You can see, edit, or delete your personal information at any time (except changing your username). Website administrators can also see and edit this information.

Purchase Data

To receive product support, you have to have one or more Envato/ThemeREX purchase codes on our website. These purchase codes will be stored together with support expiration dates and your user data. This is required for us to provide you with downloads, product support, and other customer services.

Support Data

If you have registered on our website and have a valid support account, you can submit support tickets for assistance. Support form submissions are sent to our third party Ticksy ticketing system. Only the data you explicitly provided is sent, and you are asked for consent, each time you want to create a new support ticket. Ticksy adheres to the EU/US “Privacy Shield” and you can see their privacy policy here: Ticksy Privacy Policy.


When you leave comments on the website we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Contact Form

Information submitted through the contact form on our site is sent to our company email, hosted by Zoho. Zoho adheres to the EU/US “Privacy Shield” policy and you can find more information about this here: Zoho Privacy Policy.

These submissions are only kept for customer service purposes they are never used for marketing purposes or shared with third parties.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics on our site for anonymous reporting of site usage. So, no personalized data is stored. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics monitoring your behavior on our website please use this link: Google Analytics Opt-out.

Cases for Using the Personal Data

We use your personal information in the following cases:

  • Verification/identification of the user during website usage;
  • Providing Technical Assistance;
  • Sending updates to our users with important information to inform about news/changes;
  • Checking the accounts’ activity in order to prevent fraudulent transactions and ensure the security
  • over our customers’ personal information;
  • Customize the website to make your experience more personal and engaging;
  • Guarantee overall performance and administrative functions run smoothly.
3. Embedded Content
Pages on this site may include embedded content, like YouTube videos, for example. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Below you can find a list of the services we use:
The Facebook page plugin is used to display our Facebook timeline on our site. Facebook has its own cookie and privacy policies over which we have no control. There is no installation of cookies from Facebook and your IP is not sent to a Facebook server until you consent to it. See their privacy policy here: Facebook Privacy Policy .
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4. Cookies
This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. Cookies generally exist to make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the help section of your browser.
Necessary Cookies (all site visitors)
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5. Who Has Access To Your Data
If you are not a registered client for our site, there is no personal information we can retain or view regarding yourself. If you are a client with a registered account, your personal information can be accessed by:
  • Our system administrators.
  • Our supporters when they (in order to provide support) need to get the information about the client accounts and access.
6. Third Party Access to Your Data

We don’t share your data with third-parties in a way as to reveal any of your personal information like email, name, etc. The only exceptions to that rule are for partners we have to share limited data with in order to provide the services you expect from us. Please see below:

Envato Pty Ltd

For the purpose of validating and getting your purchase information regarding licenses for the theme, we send your provided tokens and purchase keys to Envato Pty Ltd and use the response from their API to register your validated support data. See the Envato privacy policy here: Envato Privacy Policy.


Ticksy provides the support ticketing platform we use to handle support requests. The data they receive is limited to the data you explicitly provide and consent to being set when you create a support ticket. Ticksy adheres to the EU/US “Privacy Shield” and you can see their privacy policy here: Ticksy Privacy Policy.

7. How Long We Retain Your Data For
When you submit a support ticket or a comment, its metadata is retained until (if) you tell us to remove it. We use this data so that we can recognize you and approve your comments automatically instead of holding them for moderation. If you register on our website, we also store the personal information you provide in your user profile. You can see, edit, or delete your personal information at any time (except changing your username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
8. Security Measures
We use the SSL/HTTPS protocol throughout our site. This encrypts our user communications with the servers so that personally identifiable information is not captured/hijacked by third parties without authorization. In case of a data breach, system administrators will immediately take all needed steps to ensure system integrity, will contact affected users and will attempt to reset passwords if needed.
9. Your Data Rights
General Rights

If you have a registered account on this website or have left comments, you can request an exported file of the personal data we retain, including any additional data you have provided to us.

You can also request that we erase any of the personal data we have stored. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. In short, we cannot erase data that is vital to you being an active customer (i.e. basic account information like an email address).
If you wish that all of your data is erased, we will no longer be able to offer any support or other product-related services to you.

GDPR Rights

Your privacy is critically important to us. Going forward with the GDPR we aim to support the GDPR standard. ThemeREX permits residents of the European Union to use its Service. Therefore, it is the intent of ThemeREX to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation. For more details please see here: EU GDPR Information Portal.

10. Third Party Websites

ThemeREX may post links to third party websites on this website. These third party websites are not screened for privacy or security compliance by ThemeREX, and you release us from any liability for the conduct of these third party websites.
All social media sharing links, either displayed as text links or social media icons do not connect you to any of the associated third parties unless you explicitly click on them.

Please be aware that this Privacy Policy, and any other policies in place, in addition to any amendments, does not create rights enforceable by third parties or require disclosure of any personal information relating to members of the Service or Site. ThemeREX bears no responsibility for the information collected or used by any advertiser or third party website. Please review the privacy policy and terms of service for each site you visit through third party links.

11. Release of Your Data for Legal Purposes

At times it may become necessary or desirable to ThemeREX, for legal purposes, to release your information in response to a request from a government agency or a private litigant. You agree that we may disclose your information to a third party where we believe, in good faith, that it is desirable to do so for the purposes of a civil action, criminal investigation, or other legal matter. In the event that we receive a subpoena affecting your privacy, we may elect to notify you to give you an opportunity to file a motion to quash the subpoena, or we may attempt to quash it ourselves, but we are not obligated to do either. We may also proactively report you, and release your information to, third parties where we believe that it is prudent to do so for legal reasons, such as our belief that you have engaged in fraudulent activities. You release us from any damages that may arise from or relate to the release of your information to a request from law enforcement agencies or private litigants.

Any passing on of personal data for legal purposes will only be done in compliance with laws of the country you reside in.