With Afghan Artists At Risk, Hundreds Sign Letter Asking US to Protect Them

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As fear and chaos continue to engulf Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Taliban’s takeover of the country, more than 350 artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations have signed an open letter urging the United States government to protect Afghan artists.

Released today, August 24, by a group named Arts for Afghanistan, the missive calls on the Biden administration to include Afghan artists, performers, writers, dramatists, filmmakers, photographers, visual journalists, and other cultural workers in the category of at-risk individuals facing immediate danger, saying they must be included in evacuation plans and visa policy revisions.

“Acting in solidarity with our peers in Afghanistan, we recognize the vulnerability of the country’s cultural workers, who are already being targeted by the Taliban and forced into hiding,” the open letter says. “Like Afghan journalists, activists, and citizens who have assisted the US, cultural workers face threats to their lives because of the work they’ve done — and they are unlikely to get out of the country without immediate changes to Washington’s approach to granting visas and providing flights.”  

The letter is signed by leading visual artists mostly based in the US, including Coco Fusco, Joyce Kozloff, Susan Meiselas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Walid Raad, Michael Rakowitz, Martha Rosler, Hank Willis Thomas, Cecilia Vicuña, and Martha Wilson. Signatories also include writers Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, Viet Thanh Nguyenm, and Lynne Tillman; actors Michael Ealy and Khatira Rafiqzada; and filmmakers Alexandria Bombach, Carol Dysinger, and Ian Olds.

The statement was also endorsed by several arts and humans rights organizations including PEN America, the Authors Guild, Creative Capital, CECArtsLink, For Freedoms, Magnum Foundation, and others.

The group demands the US expedite its processing of Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans who worked with its government. They also urge visas for cultural workers and the removal of the requirement that such documentation be processed in a third country. The signatories also implore the US government to hold the Taliban accountable to commitments made during the Doha negotiations, including the safeguarding of the right to free expression by all members of society and of all aspects of cultural heritage.

“Destroying art and artists has never been incidental to the Taliban’s project,” the letter warns, expressing distrust of the Taliban’s promises. “In fact, doing so is at the very foundation of the Taliban’s claim to legitimate power, which is based on a vision of Afghanistan as only ever having been a monoethnic, monotheistic society,” it continues. “Afghanistan’s cultural heritage undermines the Taliban’s claim to power and contradicts the underlying vision. But if a new vision of Afghanistan’s future is ever to emerge, the country’s dreamers must survive.”

In a separate statement shared with Hyperallergic, Arts for Afghanistan provided a link to a Google form for those interested in adding their signature while encouraging “all those who work in the arts and believe the United States must keep its promises to protect at-risk allies — including those who will be targeted because of their devotion to free expression and truth telling — to add their names to this call.”

The group also provided a list of resources for institutions and individuals who wish to volunteer to support Afghan refugees, including sponsoring or hosting artists at risk.

“Alongside our peers in Afghanistan, we are watching events with great concern,” the group said. “We are demanding swift action to aid Afghans who have risked so much over the years to create independent, defiant, and transformative work — and whose lives are now at risk as a result.”

Read Arts for Afghanistan’s letter, reproduced in full, below:

We are writing to urge the United States government to do everything in its power to facilitate the departure from Afghanistan of at-risk Afghans, and to include artists, performers, writers, dramatists, filmmakers, photographers, and visual journalists in that category. As a group of individuals—artists, filmmakers, performers, writers, curators—and institutions, acting in solidarity with our peers in Afghanistan, we recognize the vulnerability of the country’s cultural workers, who are already being targeted by the Taliban and forced into hiding. Like Afghan journalists, activists, and citizens who have assisted the US, cultural workers face threats to their lives because of the work they’ve done—and they are unlikely to get out of the country without immediate changes to Washington’s approach to granting visas and providing flights.

Even before the Taliban’s takeover, cultural workers took grave risks in depicting the experiences and articulating the aspirations of Afghans, with the encouragement—and, often, direct support—of the US government. Now, the vocation of truth-telling has become much more dangerous, and many of our peers see no choice but to leave the country. In addition to standing with advocates for journalists and activists, we insist on the protection of all who have devoted themselves to fostering free expression and civil society in Afghanistan. We make the following demands of the US government, in order to save lives and fulfill the promises made to Afghan allies, colleagues, and friends:

• Take immediate action (through the State Department and Department of Homeland Security) to facilitate expedited visa processing and provide asylum for all vulnerable Afghans.

• Immediately include cultural workers in the categories being used to refer at-risk Afghans for evacuation lists.

• Hold the Taliban accountable to commitments made during the Doha negotiations and to international human rights norms, including the safeguarding of the right to free expression by all members of society and of all aspects of cultural heritage.

Additionally, we stand with other advocates and Afghan citizens in calling on the US government to:

• Remove—or, at least, increase—the quotas for Afghan refugees, and permanently halt any deportations of Afghan refugees currently in progress.

• Keep the Kabul airport open until all at-risk Afghans who wish to evacuate have done so, and allow chartered, commercial, and humanitarian flights to operate out of the airport under the protection of the US. 

• Expedite the processing of Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans who worked with the US government, as well as visas for cultural workers, and remove the requirement that such visas be processed in a third country. (This unnecessary, burdensome rule is jeopardizing the safety of visa applicants.) Instead, allow all visas to be processed either in Afghanistan or the US. 

• Indefinitely suspend the standard (and various) term limits and reapplication requirements for SIV, P-2, and humanitarian parole visas granted to Afghans or, instead, create a new class of extended Temporary Protected Status for all Afghan refugees.  

• Continue to offer international exchange programs and visas for Afghan students.

In addition to the above demands, we call on governments of all nations to facilitate the evacuation and resettlement of Afghan refugees by offering asylum and aid. And we call on Americans and US cultural institutions to bolster our demands by communicating them directly to local and national representatives.

Destroying art and artists has never been incidental to the Taliban. In fact, doing so is at the very foundation of the Taliban’s claim to legitimate power, which is based on a vision of Afghanistan as only ever having been a monoethnic, monotheistic society. Afghanistan’s cultural heritage undermines the Taliban’s claim to power and contradicts the underlying vision. But if a new vision of Afghanistan’s future is ever to emerge, the country’s dreamers must survive.

Alongside our peers in Afghanistan, we are watching events with great concern, and we are demanding swift action to aid Afghans who have risked so much over the years to create independent, defiant, and transformative work—and whose lives are now at risk as a result.

To add your signature, please use this form.


  1. A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network)
  2. Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), PEN America
  3. Asia Contemporary Art Forum aka ACAW-Asia Contemporary Art Week
  4. The Authors Guild 
  5. CEC ArtsLink
  6. Creative Capital, NYC
  7. Documentary Producers Alliance, USA
  8. Dramatists Guild of America
  9. The D-Word, A virtual community of documentary filmmakers worldwide
  10. Film Fatales
  11. For Freedoms, USA
  12. Freelancers Union
  13. FWD-Doc (Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities), USA
  14. Ghetto Gastro, NYC
  15. International Documentary Association
  16. Kindred Arts, Los Angeles
  17. Magnum Foundation, NYC
  18. National Press Photographers Association
  19. National Writers Union
  20. PEN America
  21. Silkroad, Boston
  22. Visible Justice, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London


  1. Angela Adams, Director, Arlington Public Art, Arlington, VA
  2. Phoebe Adams, Visual Artist, Retired Art Professor, Phipsburg, Maine
  3. Claire Aguilar, Producer, Women Make Movies, Los Angeles
  4. Karim Ahmad, Los Angeles
  5. Leeza Ahmady, Director/Curator, Asian Contemporary Art Forum, New York
  6. Hadar Ahuvia, Brooklyn, NY
  7. Livia Alexander, Curator, Brooklyn, NY
  8. Miguel Amado, Director, SIRIUS, Ireland
  9. Lee Ambrozy, Art historian, New York University, Saint Clair Shores
  10. Nathalie Angles, Executive Director, Residency Unlimited Inc, Brooklyn, NY
  11. Corina Apostol, Curator, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
  12. Emily Apter, Chair, Department of Comparative Literature, New York University, New York
  13. Setare Arashloo, Artist, New York
  14. Kiran Arora, Preparator, MoMA PS1, New York
  15. Floor Grootenhuis, Artist, Hunter College, CUNY,
  16. Ratik Asokan, Brooklyn
  17. Armine Avetisyan, Project Manager, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University, Watertown, MA
  18. Rachel Aviv, Journalist, The New Yorker, Brooklyn
  19. Shelly Bahl, Independent artist, curator and educator
  20. Judith Barry, Artist, NYC
  21. Nour Batyne, Founder, Disruptivist, Brooklyn, NY
  22. Joyce Beckenstein, Freelance writer, New York
  23. Lindsay Bedford, New York City
  24. Natalie Bell, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge
  25. Ginny Benson, Assistant Performance Coordinator, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
  26. Joe Berlinger, Documentary Filmmaker: Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Deception, CT
  27. Ted Berger, Board President, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY
  28. Albert Bernstein, Psychologist, Portland, Oregon
  29. Claire Bishop, Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, New York
  30. James Blackketter, Kent, CT
  31. Brent Blair, Director, USC Institute for Theatre & Social Change, Los Angeles, CA USA
  32. Doug Block, Director/Producer, Copacetic Pictures, New York, NY
  33. Alexandria Bombach, Independent Film Director, RED REEL, New Mexico, USA
  34. Corinne Botz, Artist, Cornwallville, New York
  35. Jane Breakell, Institutional Giving Officer, The Paris Review, New York
  36. Moira Brennan, New York, NY
  37. Kim Brizzolara, Vice Chair, Hamptons International Film Festival, New York
  38. Nicholas Brooke, Music Professor, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
  39. Vic Brooks, senior curator, time-based visual, EMPAC, Troy, NY
  40. Katie Buonanno, Brooklyn, NY
  41. Kisha Cameron, Producer, Completion Films, Los Angeles, CA
  42. Laura Campbell, Actress/Producer, Film Fatales, Los Angeles
  43. Felicity Cain, Deputy Country Director, Turquoise Mountain, Afghanistan
  44. Mireila Castillo Saladrigues, Artist and researcher, University of the Arts Helsinki
  45. Rosane Chamecki, Choreographer, chameckilerner, New York
  46. Dawn Chan, Writer, New York
  47. Shahrzad Changalvaee, Artist, Brooklyn 
  48. J Chao, Triple Canopy, NYC
  49. Ashanti Chaplin, Curator of Public Engagement, New York
  50. Myrel Chernick, Artist/writer, New York
  51. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Torino, Italy
  52. Lee Chun Fung, Artist/curator, Hong Kong
  53. TIFFANY CHUNG, Visual Artist, USA
  54. Rebecca Cleman, Executive Director, Electronic Arts Intermix, New York City
  55. Matt Coch, Brooklyn, NY
  56. Nancy Cohen, Artist/professor, Queens College, Queens, NY
  57. Cynthia Cohen, Director, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University, MA
  58. Joshua Cohen, Writer, NYC
  59. Charlotte Cohen, Executive Director, Brooklyn Arts Council , Brooklyn, NY
  60. Teju Cole, Writer/photographer/ professor, Harvard University, Cambridge
  61. Nikki Columbus, New York
  62. Maureen Connor, Emerita Professor of Art, Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY
  63. Charlotte Cook, Co-creator & Executive Producer, Field of Vision
  64. Kenneth Cooper, Vice Chair, Studio in a School, New York, NY
  65. Paul Cooper, Retired, Brevard, nc
  66. James Costanzo, Adjunct Assistant Professor with Tenure, Pratt Institute , Brooklyn
  67. Matthew Craven, Woodworker, Seattle, Washington
  68. Bedatri Datta Choudhury, Managing Editor, International Documentary Association, New York
  69. Iftikhar Dadi, Professor, Cornell University
  70. Jill Dawsey, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
  71. Lara Day, Writer, Australia
  72. Dina Deitsch, Director, Tufts University Art Galleries, Somerville
  73. Elena Demyanenko, Professor, Bennington College, Bennington
  74. Kayo Dena, Librarian for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  75. Jane Debevoise, Asia Art Archive in America, Brooklyn, NY
  76. David Diamond, Curator, La MaMa Umbria International, New York USA
  77. Ameena Din, Consultant, , New York City
  78. Andrea Divine, Director of Finance, Wende Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  79. Jenny Dixon, Director Emeritus, Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, New York
  80. Simon Dove, Executive Director, CEC ArtsLink, New York
  81. Julia Draganovic, Director, German Academy Rome Villa Massimo, Rome and President, IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Osnabruck, Germany
  82. Erina Duganne, Professor of Art History, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  83. Alberto Duman, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Middlesex University, London
  84. Carol Dysinger, Professor, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film, New York
  85. Rehab Eldalil, Documentary photographer , Cairo, Egypt
  86. Carol S. Eliel, Senior Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles
  87. Anne Ellegood, Executive Director, ICA LA, Los Angeles
  88. Chloe Engel, Brooklyn
  89. Rafael Espinal, Executive Director, Freelancers Union, New York, NY
  90. Amber Espinosa-Jones, Manager, Outreach & Inclusion, Sundance Institute, Los Angeles
  91. Donelle Estay, Artist, New York
  92. Wendy Ettinger, Producer, New York
  93. Wendy Ewald, Photographer, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  94. JiaJia Fei, Digital Strategist, For Freedoms, New York USA
  95. Cristina Ferrigno, MFA candidate, SPQ, Queens
  96. Yevgeniy Fiks, Artist, New York
  97. Catherine Filloux, Playwright, Librettist, Educator, Activist, Acting Together/ReCast, NYC
  98. Anne Fisher, Senior Lecturer, Translation and Interpreting Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  99. Kathy Fletcher, Executive Director, Silkroad, Boston
  100. Hal Foster, Professor, Princeton University, Princeton NJ
  101. Arthur Fournier, Rare bookseller, Arthur Fournier Fine & Rare, LLC, Brooklyn, NY
  102. Kate Fowle, New York
  103. Geoffrey Fox, Carboneras, Allmejría, Spain
  104. Coco Fusco, Artist, New York
  105. Rivka Galchen, Writer, Columbia university , New York
  106. Michael Galinsky, Filmmaker, Rumur, North Carolina
  107. Olga Garay-English, Principal, OMGArtsplus, Los Angeles
  108. Dylan Gauthier, Director, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, NY
  109. Sarrah George, President, Worthy Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
  110. Andrea Geyer, Artist, New York
  111. Mariam Ghani, Artist and filmmaker, Indexical Films, Brooklyn, NY
  112. Maryam Ghoreishi, Curator/Programs Manager, Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn
  113. Michael Giannitti, Professor, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
  114. Gabrielle Giattino, Gallery Owner, Bureau, New York
  115. Zanna Gilbert, Senior Research Specialist, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
  116. Megan Gilbride, Independent Documentary Producer; Board Member, DPA, Documentary Producers Alliance, Los Angeles, CA
  117. Larry Goldbetter, President, National Writers Union, New York City
  118. Janet Goldner, Artist, New York
  119. Eric Gottesman, Artist, For Freedoms, USA
  120. Tamara Gould, ITVS, Washington DC
  121. Saisha Grayson, Curator,  Washington, D.C.
  122. Charles Green, Playwright, New York
  123. Mitch Greenhill, President, Folklore Inc. (dba FLi Artists), Santa Monica CA
  124. Peter Grossman, American, Florida
  125. Andrea Grover, Sag Harbor, NY
  126. Libertad Guerra, Executive Director, The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center, NY
  127. Nicole Guillemet, Programmer, El Gouna Film Festival, New Y
  128. David Guzman, Baltimore, MD
  129. Amy Halliday, Independent Curator, Boston, USA & Bristol, UK
  130. Halter Halter, Writer / Curator, Light Industry, Brooklyn
  131. Heng-Gil Han, Director, Korea Art Forum, New York
  132. Ryan Harrington, Head of Film, Kinema, New York
  133. Carla Harryman, Professor, poet and artist, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  134. Casey Hartnett, Film Fatales, New York City
  135. Craig Harwood, Director, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, New York
  136. Merna Ann Hecht, Teaching Artist-Poet-Social Justice Educator, Word Travels: Refugee & Immigrant Voices and Visibility, Vashon
  137. Judith Henry, Artist, Brooklyn, NY
  138. Betti-Sue Hertz, New York, NY, USA
  139. Amy Herzog, Professor, Queens College, CUNY, Queens, NY
  140. Juan Hinojosa, Artist, New York
  141. Adam Hogan, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Arkansas, School of Art, Fayetteville, AR
  142. David Horvitz, Los Angeles
  143. Hanru Hou, Artistic Director, MAXXI, National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome, Italy, Rome
  144. Max Houghton, Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts London, London
  145. Melissa Houghton, Executive Director, Women in Film & Video, Washington, DC
  146. Lily House-Peters, Assistant Professor, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
  147. Becky Howland, Artist, NYC
  148. Aaron Huey, Founder and Creative Director, Amplifier.org, Seattle, WA
  149. Laura Hyatt, Executive Director, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Art Division), Los Angeles, CA
  150. Donna Hylton, President, A Little Piece of Light, New York
  151. Charlotte Ickes, Curator, Washington, DC
  152. Fran Ilich, Artist and writer, Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op, New York City
  153. Germaine Ingram, Independent artist, Cultural Worker, Philadelphia PA
  154. Jessica Ingram, Artist, Nashville, Tennessee
  155. Kayhan Irani, Producing Director, Artivista Productions, New York, NY
  156. Hitomi Iwasaki, Curator, Jackson Heights, NY
  157. Ana Janevski, Curator, New York
  158. Taylor Jasper, Curatorial Assistant, The Momentary, Rogers, AR
  159. Evelyne Jouanno, Founder and Director, Ars Citizen , Paris / San Francisco / Rome
  160. Amina Kadous, Cairo, Egypt
  161. Lauren Kane, Assistant Editor, The Paris Review, New York City
  162. Farrah Karapetian, Los Angeles, CA
  163. Eva Karczag, Independent Dance Artist, NY, NY
  164. Jeff Kasper, Artist and Professor, Northampton, MA
  165. Cindi Katz, Professor, City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York, NY
  166. Umair Kazi, The Authors Guild, New York, NY
  167. Erin Ellen Kelly, Artist, Choreographer, New York City
  168. Jon Kessler, Professor of Art, Columbia University, New York
  169. Grant Kester, Professor of Art History, University of California, San Diego
  170. Caroline Key, Teaching Instructor/ filmmaker, Rutgers University, Brooklyn, NY
  171. Mana Kia, Associate Professor, Columbia University, New York
  172. Molly Kleiman, Director, Triple Canopy, Brooklyn, NY
  173. Josh Kline, Artist, Brooklyn
  174. Gary Knight, CEO, VII Foundation 
  175. Hai-Li Kong, Video Production Lead, Think!Chinatown, Brooklyn
  176. Raksak Kongseng, Executive Director, Thai Theatre Foundation, New York
  177. Olga Kopenkina, Independent Curator
  178. Joyce Kozloff, Artist, We Make America, New York
  179. Prem Krishnamurthy, Wkshps, Berlin / New York
  180. Lisa Kron, Playwright, New York City
  181. Hari Kunzru, Novelist, New York City
  182. Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art & Politics, New York
  183. Sophie Landres, Professor/Program Manager, The New School / OSUN Center for Human Rights & The Arts, New York
  184. Miranda Lash, Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver
  185. Terry Lawler, New York
  186. Jeffrey Lee, Partner, RYAN LEE , New York, NY
  187. Jessica Y Lee, Production Committee, GYOPO, New York, NY
  188. Yoon Ju Ellie Lee, Executive Director, Equitable Vitrines, and Steering Committee Member, GYOPO, Los Angeles, CA
  189. Julia Lee, Journalist, Los Angeles, CA
  190. Yining Li, Assistant Curator, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong
  191. Andrew Leland, Northampton, MA
  192. Loraine Leeson, Dr., Middlesex University, London
  193. Andrea Lerner, Artistic Director, Chameckilerner, NYC/ US
  194. Beth Levison, Producer/Director, Hazel Pictures, New York NY
  195. Roberta Levitow, Co-founder and Director, Theatre Without Borders, Santa Monica, California
  196. Leslie Levy, Artist, Kent, CT
  197. Georgina Lewis, Artist, Boston, MA
  198. Jen Liu, Artist, Staten Island
  199. Adriel Luis, Curator, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Los Angeles
  200. Jacqueline Mabey, PhD Candidate and Independent Producer, University College London, London and New York
  201. Jun Mabuchi, Cultural producer / ceramist , For Freedoms, Brooklyn
  202. Lauren Mackler, Public Fiction, Los Angeles
  203. Ananya Madiraju, Collections assistant, Wende Museum, Los Angeles
  204. Scott Malbaurn, Director, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR
  205. Michael Mandiberg, Professor, City University of New York (College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center), New York
  206. Amita Manghnani, Associate Director, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, NYU, New York
  207. Guy Mannes-Abbott, Author/Critic, London, UK/Europe
  208. Susan Margolin, Producer, St. Marks Productions, New York
  209. Lesley Martin, Creative Director, New York
  210. Neyda Martinez, Associate Professor, The New School, NYC
  211. Michelle Materre, Professor, The New School, New York City
  212. Steven Matijcio, Director & Chief Curator, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston
  213. Mary Mattingly, Artist, New York, NY
  214. Marisa Mazria Katz, Journalist, Individual, New York
  215. Park McArthur, Tepper Chair, Department of Art and Design, Rutgers University , Princeton, NJ
  216. Meredith McCanse, Denver, CO
  217. Kim McDonald, Artist, Sandy Point
  218. Mack McFarland, Executive Director / educator / artist,  Converge 45 / Lewis & Clark College / PNCA , Portland, Oregon, USA
  219. Susan Meiselas, Photographer, Magnum Foundation, New York
  220. D.A. Mekonnen, Boston
  221. Steve Mendelsohn, CFO, Ominium Circus, New York, NY
  222. James Meyer, Curator of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  223. Jonathan Miller, President, Icarus Films and OVID.tv, New York, NY
  224. Michelle Millar Fisher, Ronald C and Anita L Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, MFA Boston
  225. Nicholas Miller, Designer, Davies Toews Architects, New York, NY
  226. Sherry Millner, Media Professor, CUNY, NYC
  227. Yong Min, Artist/professor, GYOPO, Los Angeles
  228. Naeem Mohaiemen, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, Columbia University , New York
  229. Giovanni Montoya, Brooklyn, NY
  230. Fraser Mooney, Executive Director, Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde International, New York
  231. Ranu Mukherjee, Artist, Professor of Art, Ranu Mukherjee, San Francisco
  232. Alysa Nahmias, AJNA Films, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  233. Varsha Nair, Artist, India
  234. Novogrod Nancy, Founder, Culturati Travel Design, New York, New York
  235. Perwana Nazif, Art Director, Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles, CA
  236. Raphaela Neihausen, Executive Director, DOC NYC, New York, NY
  237. Viet Nguyen, Writer, Los Angeles, CA
  238. Maria Niro, Director/Producer of The Art of Un-War, Crossing Waters, New York NY
  239. Wendi Norris, Owner/Director, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA
  240. Richard Novick, Professor emeritus, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York City
  241. John Novogrod, Partner, McLaughlin and Stern, LLP, New York, New York
  242. John Oakes, Publisher, The Evergreen Review, New York City
  243. Ian Olds, Film Director, Fixer: The Taking Of Ajmal Naqshbandi, Brooklyn, NY
  244. Lee Painter Kim, SDA/GYOPO, Los Angeles, CA
  245. Nicole Page, Partner, Reavis Page Jump LLP, new york
  246. Allison Paller, Web Manager, Seven Stories Press, Austin, TX
  247. Yatin Parkhani, Producer/editor, beyondmaya, los angeles, ca
  248. Danielle Perissi, CEO, Hinter Media, New York
  249. Jenny Perlin, Filmmaker/ artist, Brooklyn, NY
  250. Richard Ray Perez , International Documentary Association (IDA)
  251. Eriola Pira, Curator, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York
  252. Barbara Pollack, Co-founder, Art at a Time Like This Inc, New York
  253. Leila Pourtavaf, Assistant Professor of Global Public History, York University, Toronto, Canada
  254. Alexander Provan, Editor, Triple Canopy, Brooklyn, New York
  255. Gabriel Quick, PhD Candidate, Boston University, Boston, MA 
  256. Robert Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars at Risk, New York
  257. Walid Raad, Artist and Professor, The Cooper Union, New York
  258. Michael Rakowitz, Artist and Professor, Northwestern University, Chicago
  259. Christine Rank, Head of Collections, The Wende Museum, Los Angeles
  260. Mary Rasenberger, CEO, The Authors Guild, New York 
  261. Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb, Writer, New York
  262. Oreet Rees, PhD, Los Angeles, CA
  263. Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director, Transformer, Washington, DC
  264. Dana Reitz, Dance Professor, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont
  265. Kevin Repp, Curator, Yale University, Hamden, CT
  266. Oliver Ressler, Artist and filmmaker, Vienna
  267. Jason Rhee, A-Doc, Chicago
  268. Michella Rivera-Gravage, Producer, 
  269. Jack Robinson, Executive Director, 4heads, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
  270. D. N. Rodowick, Professor/Artist, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL USA
  271. Alain Rogier, Artist, Los Angeles, california
  272. Tyler Rollins, New York, NY
  273. Ricardo Roman, Artist, New York
  274. Grace Roselli, Artist, Pandora’s BoxX Project, New York
  275. Martha Rosler, Artist, Brooklyn, New York
  276. Ellen Rothenberg, Professor Adj., The School of the At Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  277. Peter Russo, Brooklyn, NY
  278. Tamara Saade, Beirut
  279. Wendy Sacks, Ms., We Make America, Brooklyn NY
  280. Marjan Safinia, Director/Producer, And She Could Be Next, Los Angeles, CA
  281. Abigail Satinsky, Curator & Head of Public Engagement, Tufts University Art Galleries, Boston, MA
  282. Roderick Schrock, Executive Director, Eyebeam, Brooklyn, NY
  283. Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming , Wende Museum of the Cold War, Los Angeles
  284. Susan Sellers, Designer and Creative Director, 2×4, New York, New York
  285. Susan Sgorbati, Director, The Center for the Advancement of Public  Action, Bennington College
  286. Toni Shapiro-Phim, Assistant Director and Professor, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA
  287. Atif Sheikh, Program Director, Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  288. Himali Singh Soin, Artist, London/ New Delhi
  289. Steven Siegel, Artist, New York, NY
  290. Sadia Shirazi, Art historian and independent curator, ACLS postdoctoral fellow, Brooklyn, NY
  291. Gregory Sholette, Professor, CUNY, New York, NY
  292. Virginia Shore, Curator, Shore Art Advisory/ Former Chief Curator of Art in Embassies and the Kabul Embassy Project, Washington, DC
  293. Evan Shulman, Mockingbird Culture, San Diego, CA
  294. Steven Siegel, Artist, Tivoli, NY
  295. Shelly Silver, Artist and Professor, School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York, NY
  296. Jeffrey Skoller, Professor, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  297. David Snider, Executive and Artistic Director, Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education, Cambridge, NY
  298. Pallavi Somusetty, Filmmaker, Oakland
  299. Shira Sternberg, Mom and former Obama administrator, North Bennington, Vermont
  300. Emily Stokes, Editor, The Paris Review, New York
  301. Seth Stolbun
  302. Elisabeth Subrin, Filmmaker, Professor, Temple University Dept of Film and Media Arts, Brooklyn, NY
  303. Vladislav Suldisky, Co-Founder, Eurasian Cultura Alliance/ Metis Art Education, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  304. Suinbike Suleimenova-Bazargaliyeva, Director, Suinbike Video, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  305. Astria Suparak, Artist, writer, curator, Oakland, CA
  306. Xue Tan, Senior Curator, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
  307. Jeannine Tang, Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art, The New School, New York
  308. Sarah Tanguy, Curator and Arts Writer, Independent, Washington, DC
  309. Alexandra Tatarsky, Artist-researcher, Shanzhai Lyric 
  310. Shifra Teitelbaum, Adjunct faculty, Cal State LA, Los Angeles, CA
  311. Sara Terry, Founder/Director, The Aftermath Project, Los Angeles, California, USA
  312. Hank Willis Thomas, Artist, For Freedoms, Brooklyn
  313. Anna Thomas, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  314. Anne Thompson, Director and Curator, Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
  315. Anne Thurmond, Assistant Director, Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, NY
  316. Lynne Tillman, Professor and Writer in Residence, English Dept, The University at Albany, New York
  317. Julie Tolentino, Artist, Joshua Tree, CA
  318. Julia Tompkins, Associate Strategist, 2×4, New York, NY
  319. Ashley Tucker, Director of Programs, Artistic Freedom Initiative, New York, New York
  320. Erin Turner, Artist, New York
  321. Melanie Cooper Umberger, Jasper, GA
  322. Jason Underhill, Los Angeles, CA
  323. Jessica Vaughn, Artist, Brooklyn, NY
  324. Annie Verhallen, Co-founder, Art at a Time Like This, New York
  325. Cecilia Vicuña, Artist/poet, New York City
  326. Anuradha, Vikram, Curator and Writer, Curative Projects, Los Angeles, CA
  327. Caroline von Kuhn, Los Angeles, CA
  328. Polly Walker, Associate Professor Emeritus, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
  329. Amei Wallach, Director, Gert Productions/Gert Literary Services, Mattituck, NY
  330. Helen Warwick, New York, NY
  331. Lilly Wei, Art Critic, Independent Curator, Journalist, New York, NY
  332. Louise Weinberg, Co-Director, Godwin-Ternbach Museum Queens College, New York, NY
  333. Andrew Weiner, Department of Art and Art Professions, New York University , New York, NY
  334. Jeffrey Weiss, Brooklyn, NY
  335. Stephanie Weissberg, Associate Curator, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO
  336. Amy Westpfahl, Artist/Administrator, The Cooper Union, New York, NY
  337. Allan Wexler, Artist, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
  338. Patricia White, Professor, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, PA
  339. Robert Wiesenberger, Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects, Clark Institute of Art, Williamstown, MA
  340. Maya Wiley, Former Candidate for NYC Mayor, Brooklyn, NY
  341. Evan Calder Williams, Associate Professor, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  342. Patricia Williams, Professor of Law Emerita, Columbia University, New York, NY
  343. Sarah Williams, Executive Director, Feminist Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA
  344. Martha Wilson, Artist, New York, NY
  345. Juliette Wolf-Robin, National Executive Director, American Photographic Association, Los Angeles, CA
  346. Ben Wood, Visual Artist, San Francisco, CA
  347. Caitlin Woolsey, Assistant Director, Research and Academic Program, The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
  348. Kathy Wright, Artist, Sarasota, FL
  349. Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias, Professor, Oberlin College & Conservatory
  350. Annie Young, Film Fatales, Brooklyn NY
  351. Constantina Zavitsanos, Artist, New York, NY
  352. Hai Zhang, Artist, New York
  353. Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director, Women Make Movies, New York, NY
  354. F Anthony Zunino, Architect, Zuberry Development Corp., Hobe Sound, FL

As Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s ad for Tiffany’s stirs up controversy, some question the company’s suggestion that the blue hue of Basquiat’s painting was inspired by the brand.

I would argue there is no anti-racist practice without empathy, without the capacity to overcome bias and think deeply about the experience of others, and to treat them with care.

Around Asheville, people have volunteered their front yards to showcase Suzanne Schireson’s portraits.

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