Action for Hope, Ettijahat – Independent Culture / اتجاهات – ثقافة مستقلة and Mophradat are pleased to announce the launch of the Art Lives Initiative, which is an exceptional project to support artistic practitioners residing in the Arab Region. The initiative comes as a quick and flexible response to protect artists and cultural practitioners in the Arab Region whose livelihoods and health have been affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
Why Art Lives?
Long before COVID-19, a significant number of citizens in the Arab Region suffered from a lack of basic social protection measures. In these countries, most of the work force is self-employed, or works informally. This includes a majority of artists such as musicians, theatre and film makers, actors, photographers, and visual artists, as well as artistic managers, curators, technicians, and organizers. Today, their challenges are made more difficult, due to a global lockdown which has disrupted artistic activities, and has led to the closure of artistic venues, and the ceasing of production and touring.
The Art Lives Initiative is not only limited to alleviating the impact of such difficulties on artistic practitioners, but also to empower the presence of Art in our lives as artistic recipients. Over the past few months, we have witnessed how people across the world have turned to Arts and Culture to resist the impact of isolation, and how they’ve relied on creative outputs from artists and creators, be it individuals or groups, to ease the burden and challenges of recent events. This has reaffirmed the many ways in which Art is crucial to the social and humanitarian frameworks of life.
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