Artists at Risk Connection (founded 2017) is committed to improving access to resources for artists at risk, enhancing connections among supporters of artistic freedom and raising awareness about artistic freedom.
We believe that artists benefit from collaboration and also from better visibility for themselves and the organizations that serve them. Autocratic regimes fear artists because they express cultural identity, advance new ideas, promote dialogue, and bear witness to inhumanity. Artistic freedom is an indicator of a healthy and free society. ARC is a collaborative project led by PEN America, which has been committed to protecting open expression in the United States and worldwide since 1922. PEN America, a champion of the freedom to write, stands at the intersection of literature and human rights. It is the largest of more than 140 centers of PEN International.