Artists speak for all of us, but artistic freedom is under assault. ARC supports artists everywhere so they can live and work without fear.
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
Artists at Risk Connection’s definition of “artist” is inclusive. We serve 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.
Mary Ann De Vlieg, International Arts and Rights Advisors, (Italy)
Todd Lester, ArtistSafety.net (Brazil)
Sidd Joag, ArtistSafety.net (New York)
Helge Lunde, International Cities of Refuge Network (Norway)
Nik Kowsar, Cartoonists Rights Network International (USA)
Cathy McCann, PEN International (UK)
Svetlana Mintcheva, National Coalition Against Censorship (USA)
Srirak Plipat, Freemuse (Denmark)
Diana Ramarohetra, Arterial Network (Ivory Coast)
Henry Reese, City of Asylum (USA)
Joshua Wolf Shenk, Black Mountain Institute (USA)
Rana Yazaji, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Egypt)
Julie Trébault, Director
Julie is the director of the Artists at Risk Connection. Before that, she served as director of public programs at the Museum of the City of New York and the Center for Architecture. From the National Museum of Ethnology in the Netherlands, she built a virtual collection of masterpieces and digital resources.
Laura S. Kauer Garcia
Laura is the Coordinator of the Artist at Risk Connection. Before that, she worked at Human Rights Watch as the Special Events and Planned Giving Coordinator. She is fluent in French and Spanish.
Karin Deutsch Karlekar, Special Advisor
Karin is the director of PEN America’s Free Expression At Risk Programs. She focuses on global free expression, artistic freedom, press freedom, and digital rights issues, and leads PEN America’s assistance to individuals at risk as a result of their expression.
ARC is a three-year pilot program at PEN America, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. ARC is a first-of-its kind global hub aimed to assist imperiled artists and fortify the field of organizations that support them.