TWB Digest #398
there is this book
There Must Be Happy Endings: On a Theatre of Optimism and Honesty,- written by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. You can get a FREE copy because a generous donor has made it possible for those who want to read but can’t afford one — more info by clicking the “Book Bank” link on the 3rd Thing Press website.
As authoritarian regimes crackdown on dissent, artists and creatives are bearing the brunt of the pressure, finding themselves at risk of threats, harassment, arrest, imprisonment, torture, and even death because of their creative work. This has become only more of a reality during the COVID-19 pandemic, as governments exploit “emergency powers” to silence criticism.
In response to the particular impact of these threats in Africa, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America has collaborated with Africa Human Rights Network (AHRN), Alert-Art-Afrik, Arterial Network, Freemuse, Hammerl Arts Rights Transfer (HART), The Museum of Movements, PEN Uganda, Safe Havens – the Malmö Meetings, and Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) to launch Amani: Africa Creative Defence Network*. This coalition aims to provide rapid responses to creatives at risk in Africa, coordinate adequate support when artists and cultural professionals in Africa face danger because of their work, and support regional safe havens in Africa. This initiative was first conceived after the majority of these partners met at the 6th annual Safe Havens conference, a gathering of the global arts rights justice sector held in Cape Town last December, where they discussed the need for a collaborative protection mechanism to support artists across the region.
If you or someone you know is an artist at risk in Africa, you can get in touch with the network by filling out our secure form here, which is available in English and French.
Tebere Arts FoundationSauti za Busara 2021 call for Artists
Women in the Arts and Media Coalition
The International Class 2020/21: Applications due Jun 15KEA European Affairs: Artists and culture to imagine the way out of the crisis
Peacebuilding and the Arts Now: Has created a list of Creative responses to the global pandemic