Theatre Without Borders is excited to begin a new humanitarian initiative around “Artists and Human Rights” in partnership with freeDimensional (www.freedimensional.org) and their Creative Resistance Fund.  Human Rights Watch, PEN, Amnesty International and the Committee to Protect Journalists are all invaluable organizations working globally to safeguard the welfare of activists and writers. Theatre Without Borders believes that current realities suggest the need for similar networks of support for visual artists, musicians and theatre artists.

Every year in countries around the world, artists involved in theater and other performing arts are threatened, assaulted, or imprisoned in response to the social or political impact of their art, or simply for engaging in creative practice in the midst of violent conflict. As community leaders and role models many lose their jobs, face arbitrary imprisonment, and sometimes, are killed for speaking truth to power. Theatre Without Borders has joined forces with Human and Creative Rights organization freeDimensional to support these artists in danger access critical resources and services through their Distress Services program.*

If you have strong reasons to believe that yourself or someone you know is at risk due to your/their creative work, click on the Find Support For Artists In Danger tab on the lower left corner of our home page and submit the required intake form. The more accurate and detailed the information you provide increases the efficiency of freeDimensional staff and case consultants in assessing the case and develop an effective strategy to support the artist. 

Please note that while all requests for support are reviewed with utmost sensitivity to confidentiality and urgency, it can take 3 to 7 days for you to receive a response from our team depending on our caseload at any given time. 

*Important: Distress situations may include verbal threats, imprisonment or legal persecution, violent attack, professional or social exclusion, or harassment. Please DO NOT contact Distress Services to request funding, and/or other kind of support for travel and lodging, or for the development, presentation, or touring of creative work.  

Working with freeDimensional, the “Artists and Human Rights” Initiative will explore ways to extend and exchange the knowledge, skills and practice of the Human Rights community to include theatre artists who are in danger as well as theatre artists working with endangered artists throughout the world. As our initiative develops, we will share information about valuable links and training opportunities. 

 The goal of freeDimensional is to support culture in the service of free expression, justice and equality.

 freeDimensional values artists as communicators & vanguards on a range of critical issues and community art spaces as sites of innovation that can provide a range of solutions.

 freeDimensional works to protect critical voices through safe haven in artist residency apartments and quick-response funding to help avoid danger.

 freeDimensional works with the global arts community to identify and redistribute resources, and support meaningful relationships between art spaces and activists.

 freeDimensional is also committed to promoting long-term economic and environmental sustainability within its network of art spaces and human rights organizations.

If you or your organization is interested in TWB’s “Artists and Human Rights” Initiative, write us at humanrights@theatrewithoutborders.com.