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About ARC

Freedom of artistic expression is a fundamental human right and an indicator of a healthy and free society. But artistic freedom is under assault: autocratic regimes fear artists because they express cultural identity, advance new ideas, promote dialogue, and bear witness to inhumanity.

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 (ARC) safeguards the right to artistic freedom of expression and ensures that artists everywhere can live and work without fear. Our ultimate goal is to address the needs of artists at risk and the organizations that serve them. 

ARC primarily achieves this by:

— ASSISTING persecuted artists by connecting them to our growing global network of resources
— FACILITATING cooperation among human rights and art organizations
— AMPLIFYING the stories and work of at-risk artists as well as raising visibility of the field of artistic freedom

Who we help

ARC serves artists of all disciplines and culture professionals. Our definition of “artist” is inclusive, encompassing those who work across any creative field or medium, including visual artists, musicians, cartoonists, filmmakers, performance artists, dancers, writers, etc. If you are an artist in need of urgent assistance, please visit our Find Help page or contact us. 

What we do

Since its inception in 2017, ARC has assisted more than 181 individual artists from over 53 countries by connecting them to a wide range of services, most frequently including emergency funds, legal assistance, temporary relocation programs and fellowships. Thanks to a core network of over 70 partners, over 50% of them have already received direct support. If you are an organization seeking to join ARC’s database, please visit our Join ARC page. 

Who we are

ARC is a project of PEN America. Standing at the intersection of literature and human rights, PEN America has been championing freedom of expression since 1922. It is the largest of more than 140 chapters of PEN International.

Advisory Committee

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

Staff

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). Trébault holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from the Sorbonne University and a Master’s Degree in Archeology from the University of Strasbourg. 

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.    

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