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UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19: Please note that the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) is not a grantmaking program and is unable to assist artists financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, because we recognize the growing effect that the pandemic is having on artists, we have compiled a growing list of resources for artists affected by COVID-19 and hope that you may find assistance there. Please refer to the "Stories" page to find the list. If you are an artist or cultural practitioner otherwise at risk because of your creative practice, please follow the directions below to contact us.

Please fill out the form to get in touch with us. Submissions are encrypted and ARC understands that your communications are confidential. ARC does not provide direct services, but we will do our best to refer you to organizations that do. You can also find help by exploring our network of resources.

Your message is end-to-end encrypted and will be marked as urgent. You have the option to write this message in Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish. Expect a reply within 72 hours.

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Join our network, share stories, apply for internships, and other ways to support artistic freedom.

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Join ARC

ARC has hundreds of partners in its network. If your organization works in the arts or offers resources that artists at risk can avail themselves of, then we encourage you to join the ARC network, even if serving artists at risk is not your stated mission.

Current Openings

Become an intern

ARC seeks interns three times a year, in Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, and Summer. Interns should be passionate about human rights, artistic expression, and serving artists at risk.

ARC has two internship tracks: program interns, and program interns on a communications track. Descriptions for both are below.

  • Fall Internships: Please submit your application between July 1 and September 15.
  • Winter/Spring Internships: Please submit your application between November 1 and January 15.
  • Summer Internships: Please submit your application between April 1 and June 15.

ARC and PEN America internships are based in New York, but due to COVID-19 concerns, will be primarily a remote position at this time and is subject to change. The supervisor reserves the right to request interns to come into the office if it is necessary and deemed safe to do so.

This is an unpaid position. PEN America internships are also eligible for college credit.

Program Intern

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with research and outreach to identify and expand the network of organizations supporting artists at risk
  • Support work to identify sources of assistance for artists and development and maintenance of a database inventory of these resources
  • Draft profiles of artists and partner organizations for artistsatriskconnection.org
  • Draft press releases on violations of artistic freedom around the world
  • Perform prospect research and support other fundraising efforts
  • Assist with efforts to expand support for the initiative, including media communications
  • Be involved in communications with individual artists at risk and the network of organizations that provide them with support
  • Research and monitor issues and cases concerning the repression of artistic expression worldwide

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES:

  • Must be able to provide proof of authorization to intern in the United States
  • Knowledge of and interest in global free expression and artistic freedom issues
  • Strong research, writing, organizational, and administrative skills
  • Ability to work quickly, stay highly organized, and multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G Suite
  • Experience managing social media accounts and drafting social media content
  • Experience with online databases and website management desirable
  • Experience doing prospect research and grant writing
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, or other languages a big plus

TO APPLY:

Please email a resume and cover letter (both one-page maximum) and writing sample to arc@pen.org with the subject line “ARC Program Internship.”

Program and Communications Intern

The intern will be a program intern on a communications track. Responsibilities will include social media, website management, database support, research, external program communications, and brand and network building.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Draft social media text, graphics, and videos for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Draft quarterly newsletter on Mailchimp
  • Manage content calendar and workflow for programmatic communications
  • Draft and build content for the website
  • Compile monthly social media and web analytics reports
  • Assist with research and outreach to identify and expand the network of organizations supporting artists at risk
  • Assist with the maintenance of ARC’s database of resources and organizations supporting artists at risk
  • Assist with network building activities, including ARC’s regional networks and coalitions, ARC’s regional podcasts, initiatives with partners, capacity-building trainings, and engagements with the United Nations
  • Attend and/or help prepare for network and coalition meetings and events
  • Research and monitor issues and cases concerning the repression of artistic expression worldwide
  • Other tasks as necessary

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES:

  • Knowledge of and interest in global free expression and artistic freedom issues
  • Professional demeanor and the ability to work independently
  • Strong research, writing, organizational, and administrative skills
  • Ability to work quickly, stay highly organized, and multitask
  • Fluency in internet and social media technology and platforms
  • Interest in learning new skills and the flexibility to pitch in when needed
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, or other languages a big plus

TO APPLY:

Please email a resume and cover letter (both one-page maximum) and writing sample to arc@pen.org with the subject line “ARC Program and Communications Internship.”

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Donate

Your contributions provide unrestricted operating support, helping endangered artists receive resources that can keep them safe, healthy, and free to practice their craft.

Support ARC’s mission by making a tax-deductible donation online through our secure server or send a check to:

Artists at Risk Connection
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
USA

We are grateful for donations of any amount, from individuals and organizations. No amount is too small.

For institutional inquiries or further information, please contact Julie Trébault, director of the Artists at Risk Connection.

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