Make a difference now! Support Artists and Creators from the MENA Region

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Arts and culture are powerful community builders, and have the ability to expand and shift how we perceive our world and interact with one another. Artists, filmmakers, curators and other innovators in the Middle East and North Africa are at the forefront of driving cultural and social change in the region. producing thought-provoking work that explores, questions, and challenges. Yet many of these change-makers struggle for access to the rich resources and opportunities afforded by the American arts community.

ArteEast bridges the gap between MENA artists and these opportunities, cultivating a strong audience for their work and ideas, and supporting the enfranchisement of contemporary MENA artists as essential members of the global art community. Our programs support artists with practice-enhancing residencies, career-building networking, and highly-regarded publications like the ArteEast Quarterly that give these change-makers wide exposure to an international professional arts audience. We also host events in the United States, including our new signature idea series, ArteHub, that present the creative culture of the MENA region through monthly discussion panels, film screenings, and other engagements. In 2019, ArteEast is undergoing a major new project ArteArchive that plans on bringing resources from the organization's film archive that has been accumulated through past programming and comprises 2,000+ independent films to the public. Many of these films hail from Syria, Iraq, Egypt and other countries risk being lost, and we have a duty to preserve and share this work with the public.

In the last two years, ArteEast has hosted eight artists and filmmakers for career building residencies and networking experiences in New York City, Upstate New York and Vermont. This year and next we plan to host ten residency opportunities for artists as well as curators from the Middle East, with new prestigious program partners including the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the first comprehensive New York residency studio space. We ask you to consider giving generously to support our initiatives for the coming year, including:

  • An additional five residencies for MENA artists, including our own new pilot ArteEast International Residency;
  • A continued schedule of ArteHub presentations, bringing new ideas and fresh expression from the MENA region to the fore in discussions about the region.
  • A summer residency and public program for Egyptian filmmaker Aida Elkashef
  • ArteArchive: bringing resources from ArteEast's film archive comprising 2,000+ independent films from and about the MENA region to the public.


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