ARCAthens wishes to express its support and compassion for all those we have lost in the pandemic and from violence against the Black community.
ARCAthens Virtual Residency
Join the conversation of our AVR3 with contemporary artists Elia Alba & Maro Michalakakos moderated by curatorial fellow Eleni Riga live on Instagram through December 11 culminating in a public Zoom dialogue December 19.
Launched in 2020, the ARCAthens Virtual Residency Program features artists and curators from the Bronx and Greece in conversation for one month posting daily on Instagram. The nominated curator chooses the participating artists and mediates weekly meetings among them, while the artists work with social media as their medium to create a bridge between the two vibrant communities during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Athens: Despite ongoing economic hardship, Athens is experiencing a cultural and social renaissance. Brimming with museums, cultural centers, and an engaging and active art community, the contemporary discourse in today’s Athens is as unique as the living historical tapestry from which it springs.
The creative energy in the city is palpable. Art and ideas are being pursued with increasing vigor and the recent growing activities by artists—joined by the profound institutional expansion—signify a maturation in the state of contemporary art and expression in Athens.
Bronx: New York City is a world cultural capital and offers endless opportunities for access, research, and growth. While the Bronx offers proximity to Manhattan, a thriving local community, and an incredible array of local cultural resources, it also offers a distinct perspective on the contemporary challenges of our time, making it an excellent base for research and growth.
Philoxenia (the ancient and fundamental Greek cultural tradition of hospitality and kindness to strangers) makes Athens and the Bronx especially suited to host outstanding visiting artists. As host and program provider, we seek to infuse Athens and the Bronx with not only cultural enrichment, but economic stimulation as well. The expected impact of our Fellows’ presence continues even after the artists return home—bringing their work, experience, and knowledge of Athens and the Bronx to all parts of the world, acting as ambassadors of the ideals encapsulated in our program.
If you would like to support ARCAthens, there is no better time than now. Please consider contributing so we may continue our work promoting cultural exchange between New York and Athens. Make your contribution, knowing it keeps the doors open and the Team of ARCAthens employed during COVID 19 and beyond. It will also directly support the artists and curators we give Fellowships to. Their intelligence and creative activism is bringing equity, justice, beauty, and joy into our world.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering our appeal!
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