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Open Society Foundations Announce Soros Arts Fellows

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May 14, 2018

Eight new Open Society Foundation (OSF) Soros Arts Fellows will receive $80,000 to realize an ambitious socially engaged art project over the next 18 months. This new initiative supports innovative mid-career artists using art and public space to advance pluralistic, democratic, and just societies. OSF notes that the awards are a recognition of “the importance of artists’ contributions and the necessity of using creativity as a response to increased repression across the globe. As spaces for public engagement are shrinking, the arts are often the last refuge of collective imagination.”

“Whether in democracies with longstanding traditions of supporting freedom of expression or in countries undergoing political transition, artists working in public spaces can contest oppression, make hope tangible, and create momentum for change,” said Rashida Bumbray, senior program manager of the Open Society Foundations’ Arts Exchange. “This fellowship acknowledges the critical role that the arts can play in confronting obstacles to open society, and we are delighted to name these eight remarkable artists as our first cohort of fellows.”

The 2018 fellows will include: Khalid Albaih (Copenhagen, Denmark), Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (Accra, Ghana), Hassan Darsi (Casablanca, Morocco), Laila Hida (Marrakech, Morocco), Faustin Linyekula (Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo), Guy Regis Jr. (Port-au-Prince, Haiti), Laurie Jo Reynolds (Chicago, United States), and Alina Serban (Bucharest, Romania).

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