Executive Director Lisa First founded Link Vostok in 1993 and incorporated in 2002 as a 501 C3. Prior to that time she worked in Russia through a citizen's diplomacy project with the former U.S. Center for Soviet American Dialogue, the Irish Peace Committee and the Soviet Peace Committee, among others. Link Vostok functions as a cultural and organizational liaison, providing consultation and assistance to individual artists and dance companies with international project development. Link Vostok selects and supervises international festival participants and organizes international travel, housing, publicity and performing venues for dance festivals and projects. Since 1993, Link Vostok has facilitated cross-cultural festivals and exchange projects for over 500 U.S., Canadian and European artists.