Artists at Risk (AR) is delighted to announce that the AR-Secretariat has been awarded funding to continue its crucial work in 2021 with a renewed grant from the Kone Foundation. The Artists at Risk (AR)-Secretariat coordinates the selection and safe passage of AR-Residents to AR-Safe Haven Residencies around the world, establishing new AR hosting locations and supporting and building capacity at existing ones.
We are especially pleased that the new “AR-Bridging Fund” for artists at immediate risk outside of Europe can be put into action! The Artists at Risk (AR)-Bridging Fund is designed to remove artists from imminent risk at very short notice, strengthening AR’s role as a “fast reaction force” in the field. The fund will expand AR’s capacity to respond to urgent cases in which travel or visas are not obtainable at short notice or a regional temporary residence is desirable. Over the course of 2020, AR established the AR Covid-19 Emergency Fund to be able to respond to emergency cases that fell beyond the reach of European funding mechanisms related to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new Bridging Fund prepares us to continue to face this and further challenges ahead.
Among the first beneficiaries of the AR-Bridging Fund were Kenyan rapper Grammo Suspect aka Rainbow Ambassador Kenya and Zimbabwean protest poet Collen Kajokoto.
The announcement on the website of Kone Foundation: https://bit.ly/39DOtSp