ARC – Artists at Risk Connection, a project of PEN America, a non-profit organisation working at the intersection of literature and human rights, seeks a talented, energetic, and highly organised regional representative in Africa. ARC is a support system for artists facing threats as a result of their creative expression. This is a part-time consultant position that can be based anywhere in Africa.
The successful candidate will grow and strengthen a dynamic regional network in Africa in order to ensure that ARC’s partners are diverse, representative, and responsive in this region.
ARC manages a coordination and information-sharing hub that supports, unites, and advances the work of organisations that provide assistance to artists at risk of persecution globally. ARC’s mission is to improve access to resources for artists at risk, enhance connections among supporters of artistic freedom, and raise awareness about challenges to artistic freedom.
The Regional Representative will:
- Coordinate the Amani protective network, an ARC-led consortium of organisations working in or on artistic freedom in Africa.
- Lead local outreach to artists, human rights, and art organisations in the region as ARC develops its network of assistance for persecuted artists.
- Support the ARC team’s urgent assistance efforts by referring artist cases to international support and connecting artists to local and regional resources.
- Promote opportunities for the local arts community to have a global impact and for the international network of organisations to support artists at risk more locally.
This is a consultant role that would be suitable for an individual who is already quite active in their own artistic or human rights community, is interested in developing their own regional network, and is excited about the idea of shaping and initiating more international projects and collaborations. The position requires a minimum one-year commitment.