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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.

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The Ruya Foundation

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  • Professional Networks
  • Residencies
  • Exhibition and Performance Opportunities
  • Publishing Opportunities
Guidelines of assistance

Iraqi artists living within and outside of Iraq, from all disciplines in literary, visual and performing arts are eligible to join the database. Selected artists may be provided with future residency and exhibition opportunities.


The Ruya Foundation is an Iraqi NGO aiming to aid and enrich culture in Iraq, and build cultural bridges between Iraq and rest of the world. Following its mission, Ruya holds an extensive and unique database of artists working within Iraq, spanning all disciplines from visual arts to theatre and music. Artists can send their work to data@ruyafoundation.org to join the database.

Last updated May 04, 2018
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