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Support ArteEast!

With your support, we can continue the work of making our critically important arts programming from the Middle East and North Africa FREE and ACCESSIBLE to all!

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Since its founding in 2003 as a NY-based cultural institution specializing in Middle Eastern film programming, ArteEast has become a leading organization advocating for and supporting artists and arts organizations from the SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) region and its diaspora, engaging with U.S and worldwide communities and audiences. Through public programming, strategic partnerships, online publications, and film platforms, ArteEast serves as a bridge, facilitating the interaction of the public with voices of artists, curators, and filmmakers from this complex and critical region.

In 2021, ArteEast debuted its legacy online platform, Unpacking the ArteArchive, featuring curated selections from ArteEast’s film and video archive in dialogue with contemporary voices. ArteEast’s ArteArchive is a valuable yet currently inaccessible film and video collection, comprising 2,500+ independent films from and about the MENA region accumulated over ArteEast’s nearty 20 years of film programming. Unpacking the ArteArchive allows important, mainly independent, video and filmmakers from South West Asia and North Africa and their diasporas the opportunity to be seen, heard, and most significantly, studied.

Your generosity will allow ArteEast to undertake the preservation and presentation of this critical collection at risk of being lost.


In 2022, ArteEast presented a total 71 films on our online platforms, reaching nearly 7,193 streams across 62 countries and 39 US states. ArteEast amplified the voices of 70 filmmakers from countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. We presented all of our film programs for free, on our online platforms such as Arab Film Series online, with our partners - the Arab American National Museum, the Arab Film and Media Institute - presenting screenings of new and classic films by Arab, Arab American and diasporic filmmakers followed by intimate talkbacks.

Your generous donations allow us to make our programs accessible to all audiences!

In 2022, our weekly Artist Spotlights featured over 40 interviews with emerging and established artists working in an array of mediums, including conversations with Youmna Chlala, Charbel Samuel Aoun, Levani, Hadeer Omar, Ege Okal, Bricklab, Dalia Baassiri, and more!

Your contributions allow ArteEast to help us continue shedding some light on the pressing and complex issues from the region that affect the world today, whether sharing the voices of underrepresented communities on the margins of contemporary Iranian society such as in AT THE DISPOSAL OF HUMANITY or the defying of colonial narratives and appropriations addressed by Palestinian filmmakers in THE SECOND INTIFADA.

During these challenging times, our organization has proven resilient: building new partnerships and online platforms to provide free programming worldwide, fostering civic dialogue through the power of art. In 2022, we collaborated with community partners nationally and internationally, including Anthology Film Archives, Casa Árabe, Rooftop Films, e-flux Screening Room, Tribe Magazine, Habibi Collective and UnionDocs, which allowed us to make our programs accessible to a wider audience.

We invite you to consider making a one-time or recurring tax-deductible contribution to sustain ArteEast’s free programs, lift up emerging artists, and expand arts programming for our culturally underserved audience, celebrating culture from the SWANA region and its diasporas.

We are grateful for the support of the ArteEast community. Gifts to support ArteEast make our programs possible, and enable us to realize our mission, building bridges of understanding through the power of art.

ArteEast is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Tax ID: 91-2187887), and charitable donations are taxdeductible to the extent allowed by law.