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
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.
Cathy McCann, PEN International (UK)
Helge Lunde, International Cities of Refuge Network (Norway)
Henry Reese, City of Asylum (USA)
Joshua Wolf Shenk, Black Mountain Institute (USA)
Mary Ann De Vlieg, International Arts and Rights Advisors (Italy)
Natalia Koliada, Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus)
Nik Kowsar, Cartoonists Rights Network International (USA)
Sidd Joag, Independent artist, journalist, and producer
Srirak Plipat, Freemuse (Denmark)
Svetlana Mintcheva, National Coalition Against Censorship (USA)
Todd Lester, ArtistSafety.net (Brazil)
Tojo Yharimanana, Arterial Network (Ivory Coast)
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).
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.