Shatha Altowai, Yemen, 2021 APF Fellow, visual artist placed in residence at University of Edinburgh
Artists are often the first to be repressed, often violently so. In recent years reports of censorship, imprisonment and even the killing of artists by political and religious groups have dramatically escalated. The reason for this is clear. Artists always have been the essential voice for their community and culture. They reflect and shape societies through their creative lenses. They explore fundamental truths, challenge the status quo, brave controversy, and satirize the powerful.
To date, IIE's Artist Protection Fund (IIE-APF) has placed 54 artists in safe, productive, and welcoming environments since the program began in 2015 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
IIE-APF is the only global program that provides fellowship funding, placement, mentoring, and inclusion in a comprehensive network of artistic and social support. The artists represent all disciplines including choreographers, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, musicians, performance and theater artists, visual artists, and writers. During —and after— a fellowship, the artists and their families reap benefits that extend out to the institution and community in which they are placed, as well as to their home country.
The works of these artists is spread to the wider world and once again can be enjoyed and serve as a catalyst for change. Please consider donating to IIE’s Artist Protection Fund today to ensure that the voices of threatened artists are heard once more.
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