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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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The State of Artistic Freedom 2019: Whose Narratives Count?

Freemuse’s new report The State of Artistic Freedom 2019: Whose Narratives Count? is an in-depth analysis of 673 cases of violations of artistic freedom that occurred in different cultural spheres in 80 countries throughout 2018. It identifies key challenges for artists’ freedom of expression and points out violation patterns and trends. Additionally, the report calls for accountability for these violations.

A vibrant arts scene is crucial for the development of an open and just society, but violations of free expression continue to plague artists around the world. Freemuse’s 2019 report on the state of artistic freedom is a comprehensive investigation of this issue, providing extensive data on the offenses artists encounter—from intimidation to physical attacks to legal prosecution.

In Cuba and Israel, new government legislation codifies artistic censorship, and Saudi Arabia and Rwanda are cracking down on satire that criticizes governmental and religious institutions. At the same time, Spanish artists face criminal charges for “disrespecting” the police, and travel bans in the United States prevent artists from moving in or out of the country to promote their work. Violations of artistic freedom are a ubiquitous concern and take a variety of forms—these are only a few examples.

March 26, 2019

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