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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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ARTS. Protecting and Promoting Artistic Freedom

An Arts Right Justice 2019 Report

Using examples from all over the world, this study describes the complexity of challenges to artistic freedom. The report is intended for use by professional human rights defenders, politicians, lawyers, students, artists, cultural organizers and anyone interested in defending the universality of the freedom of artistic expression.

Artistic freedom is a sign of a healthy and free society, but because artists voice new ideas, inspire social change, and unite people over common themes, they often become targets of autocratic regimes and politically motivated attacks. Arts Rights Justice's 2019 report is a comprehensive study of this issue, which will allow the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the major challenges and obstacles that, in the words of Farida Shaheed, "impede the flourishing of artistic creativity." The report will explore why and how artistic freedom must be defended and protected, and why and how violations can and must be documented and monitored.

Sara Whyatt is a campaigner and researcher on freedom of artistic expression and human rights, and Ole Reitov is the Founder and former Executive Director of Freemuse and an international expert on artistic freedom and cultural diversity.

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