The Channel: A Podcast from the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
Asian Arts with Cecily Cook
This episode features a conversation with Cecily Cook, former Director of Programs at the Asian Cultural Council in New York. Cecily has had a long career at the intersection of Asia and the arts. Over the course of decades, she has worked in various roles, and at various institutions, in support of the artistic and cultural exchange between different Asian countries and the United States. In addition to serving as Director of Programs for the Asian Cultural Council, she has also worked as a consultant, a curator, and a director for organizations dedicated to the visual and performing arts. In this episode, Cecily discusses her background in folklore and how that led to a career in Asian arts. In so doing, she describes the importance of art and artists, as well as the role of knowledge infrastructure systems—like the Asian Cultural Council—to foster artistic work and make a impact in the world.