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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.

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Black Mountain Institute (BMI)

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The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute City of Asylum fellowship provides sanctuary for writers whose voices are muffled by censorship and who are living with the threat of imprisonment or assassination.


Led by executive director Joshua Wolf Shenk, BMI brings writers, and the literary imagination, into the heart of public life, by advancing work at the intersection of lyrical beauty and global significance. City of Asylum program was founded in 2001, the first such program in the United States. Since its inception, the BMI City of Asylum program has provided safe haven to Hossein M. Abkenar, Moniro Ravanipour, Er Tai Gao, and Syl Cheney-Coker.

Last updated Sep 13, 2019
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