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Building Bridges Art Exchange is dedicated to actively engaging diverse artists, leaders, audiences, and supporters through our mission of cultivating cultural understanding through the arts. Established in 2005 by Argentinean artist Marisa Caichiolo, BBAX was created as a platform that enables artists from across the globe to connect, engage in peaceful dialogue, and create narratives that explore political issues and social movements which impact different regions of the world. 


The organization was launched to engage communities of different ethnic and financial backgrounds in a socio-political exploration through the lens of contemporary art, through our programs. Years later, Building Bridges Art Exchange continues to build and sustain relationships with Ministries of Culture, museums, and other cultural institutions, giving artists all over the world the opportunity to openly explore and influence social and political issues in today’s world. Our current space in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Arts Center offers rotating exhibitions from around the world, artist residencies, as well as lectures, and workshops as part of our educational program. In the countries where we send exhibitions, we encourage landscape interventions and performances that engage with the local communities.


Diversity is at the core of our organizational values. Over the years, we have hosted 100’s of artists from over 34 countries. Our Board is composed of a diverse group of notable artists and professionals from different industries and six countries.

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