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Artist Safety Hosting: A Discussion on Practice

September 19, 2019

From left to right: Laura Raicovich, Prerana Reddy, Tania Bruguera, and Francis Greenburger

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Goethe-Institut New York
30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

For threatened artists, a safe haven residency can be life-changing. As artists around the world face increasing persecution, censorship, forced displacement, or worse, leaders in the field of residency programming are in a unique position to leverage their resources and expertise to create safe haven residency spaces for artists at risk.

Now in its third year, the New York City Artist Safe Haven Residency Program is an innovative cross-sector coalition-led residency program for at-risk artists, hosted at Westbeth Artists Community. The residency program’s coalition partners include Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI), ArtistSafety.net, Fordham University, PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection, Residency Unlimited, and Westbeth Artists Community.

The guide’s celebratory launch event, held on September 19th, is centered around an impactful conversation with Tania Bruguera, as well as a timely panel discussion moderated by Prerana Reddy and featuring Laura Raicovich, Francis Greenburger, and others. The discussion aims to address the evolution of "safe havens" and residency programs for threatened international artists, the role of cultural institutions and philanthropy in amplifying the case for protecting these artists, the importance of safeguarding freedom of expression, and honors key individuals who, through their work, have nurtured and supported this growing field at a political moment when it is more critical than ever. Copies of the guide will be available at the event.

The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. It promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. The Goethe-Institut and ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) recently launched the Martin Roth Initiative to protect artists who are committed in their home countries to the freedom of art, democracy, and human rights by enabling temporary residence in Germany or third countries for the purpose of protecting those who are being persecuted.

This program is made in partnership with The Goethe-Institut, Westbeth Artists Community, Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI), ArtistSafety.net, Fordham University, Residency Unlimited, and ARC.

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