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Artists at Risk Connection (ARC)

‘Artists speak for all of us, but artistic freedom is under assault. ARC supports artists everywhere so they can live and work without fear.’

The Artists at Risk Connection [ARC], by PEN America, is an online collaboration of more than 500 global organisations that provide life-saving resources to artists worldwide who face oppression, persecution, arrest, and violence for their creative work.

The Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), by PEN America, is an online collaboration of more than 600 global organisations that provide life-saving resources to artists worldwide who face oppression, persecution, arrest, and violence for their creative work.

ARC collates resources — including emergency funding, housing opportunities, residencies, fellowships and grants, and legal, immigration, and resettlement services — in an interactive online catalogue to help threatened artists quickly identify programs for which they’re eligible. This exhaustive database is the first of its kind for artists-at-risk, who have typically had to piece together assistance through a combination of personal contacts, referrals, and web searches, often under dire circumstances.

ARC also provides training and facilitates collaboration within a network of artist assistance organisations, including Index on Censorship (United Kingdom), ICORN (Norway), Al Mawred (Lebanon), and the Sundance Institute (United States), to strengthen each organisation’s ability to provide comprehensive support to artists in dire need. Over time, ARC will work to elevate the visibility of artists at risk, seeking to mobilise an even greater breadth global arts institutions to play a more prominent role in assisting their field’s most vulnerable.

You can learn more about ARC’s work on their website, following them on Twitter, and liking their Facebook page. Most importantly, if you know any artists in need of urgent support or an organisation that would like to join the network, please encourage them to fill out the encrypted form by clicking on “Connect with us” on ARC’s website.