Artists At Risk Connection
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The Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) maintains a catalog of resources available to threatened artists from organizations worldwide, including emergency funding, housing opportunities, residencies, fellowships, grants, and legal, immigration, and resettlement services.
Freedom of artistic expression is essential to a free and open society. Uninhibited creative expression inspires the exchange of ideas, stimulates social and political engagement, and encourages cross-cultural understanding. It challenges us to confront difficult realities with compassion and engenders empathy between people and communities. Because of the transcendent power of their work, many artists around the world face threats, persecution, and censorship.
The Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) was created to safeguard the right to artistic freedom of expression, and to ensure that artists everywhere can live and work without fear. Designed as an interactive hub to gather, share, and coordinate the many resources, services, and forms of assistance available to artists at risk, ARC aims to strengthen connections between threatened artists and the organizations that support them.
- Improve access to resources, services, and opportunities available to threatened artists
- Enhance coordination and cooperation between organizations that support threatened artists
- Bring increased awareness and visibility to the field of arts freedom
- Bridge the traditional art world, the fields of arts freedom and human rights defense in new and innovative ways, leveraging resources and forging partnerships to protect artists more effectively
ARC’s definition of “artist” is inclusive, encompassing those who work across any creative field or medium, including visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, performance artists, and writers.
The Artists at Risk Connection’s online hub, launching summer 2017, will serve as a central point of interactivity between at-risk artists and the organizations that support them. For artists, it provides a place to discover the diverse range of resources, opportunities, and services available to them. For organizations and initiatives that support artists, it is a platform to connect with each other and with the artists themselves.
To learn more about partnering with ARC or to share resources for at-risk artists, please contact [[email protected]]