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Artists take risks for all of us. Explore a global network that’s ready to help.

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About ARC

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

Rokudenashiko, Ali Asgar, and Mohsen Namjoo are three artists, with three different disciplines, from three different countries, but all are in danger for their work. Copyright: ARC  

Our mission

Artists at Risk Connection is committed to

  • improving access to resources for artists at risk
  • enhancing connections among supporters of artistic freedom
  • raising awareness about artistic freedom

We believe that artists benefit from collaboration and also from better visibility for themselves and the organizations that serve them.

Autocratic regimes fear artists because they express cultural identity, advance new ideas, promote dialogue, and bear witness to inhumanity. 

Artistic freedom is an indicator of a healthy and free society.

Who we help

As a hub of artistic freedom organizations worldwide, we serve artists of all disciplines: visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, performance artists, writers, and other individuals who produce significant creative output in any medium. The filter on our Find help page will give an idea of the range of disciplines, but it is by no means meant to be definitive. If you think we are missing something, please let us know.

Who we are

ARC is a collaborative project led by PEN America, which has been committed to protecting open expression in the United States and worldwide since 1922. PEN America, a champion of the freedom to write, stands at the intersection of literature and human rights. It is the largest of more than 140 centers of PEN International

ARC serves as a hub for freedom of expression and artistic freedom organizations worldwide, networking together to support artists at risk. Visit Our Network page to see some of our key partners worldwide or go directly to our Find Help page to search our network database.

Advisory Committee

Alison Russo, Artist Protection Fund (USA)
Ayodele Ganiu, Arterial Network (Nigeria)  
Cathy McCann, PEN International (UK)
Helena Nassif, Al Mawred Al Thaqafi (Lebanon)
Helge Lunde, International Cities of Refuge Network (Norway)
Henry Reese, City of Asylum (USA)
Mary Ann De Vlieg, International Arts and Rights Advisors (Italy)
Natalia Koliada, Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus)
Nik Kowsar, Cartoonists Rights Network International (USA)  
Shahidul Alam, Drik Gallery (Bangladesh)
Srirak Plipat, Freemuse (Denmark)  


Julie Trébault, Director
Julie is the director of the Artists at Risk Connection. Prior to joining PEN America, she served as director of public programs at the Museum of the City of New York and the Center for Architecture. Before moving to New York, she worked at the National Museum of Ethnology in The Netherlands where she built a network of 116 museums. From 2004 until 2007, she was Head of Higher Education and Academic Events at the Musée du quai Branly (Paris).

Gabriel Fine, Assistant
Gabriel Fine is the assistant of the Artists at Risk Connection. Prior to PEN America, he worked at the Dia Art Foundation and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A writer, his nonfiction appears in outlets including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Spin, and Denver Westword, and his poetry is forthcoming in Image. He graduated from Colorado College in 2018 with a BA in English Literature.  


ARC is a three-year program at PEN America, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. ARC is a first-of-its kind global hub aimed to assist imperiled artists and fortify the field of organizations that support them.

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