ARCAthens

WE ARE

a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting visual artists and curators from all parts of the world to live and create in Athens, Greece—thereby facilitating a diverse influx of expression, production, and learning in a city brimming with creative energy.

OUR MISSION

is to create a foundational presence in the city of Athens that supports and promotes growth in the visual arts community through a comprehensive artist residency program that will enrich artists and communities on both the local and the international levels.

OUR PROGRAM

is designed to fully support artists during their residency by providing the time, space and resources needed to create freely while immersed in a new environment, community and culture—potentially integrating elements of that experience into their art.

Infusing International Talent into a Talent-Rich City

Athens: Unique Promise & Growth in a Time of Challenge

Despite ongoing economic hardship, Athens is experiencing a cultural and social renaissance. 2016 saw the opening of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (hosting the new National Library and National Opera), as well as the opening of the new National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST). The new Goulandris Museum of Modern Art’s construction is nearly complete, while the renovation of the National Gallery is projected to be completed in 2019. And for the first time ever, in 2017 the quinquennial Documenta was held simultaneously in Kassel and Athens.

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.

Philoxenia ( the ancient and fundamental Greek cultural tradition of hospitality and kindness to strangers ) makes Athens especially suited to host outstanding visiting artists. As host and program provider, we seek to infuse Athens with not only cultural enrichment, but economic stimulation as well. Aiming for long-term results, we are creating opportunities and jobs independent of Greek government funding or local NGO resources. The expected impact continues even after the artists return home—bringing their work, experience, and knowledge of Athens to all parts of the world, acting as ambassadors of the ideals encapsulated in our program.

What happens when artists and scholars are freed from financial or social obligations and provided with the necessary support to focus on their work?

Some 360 foundations operate artist residencies throughout the world, allowing artists and scholars to achieve the promise of their work. We believe in the importance of nurturing talent and contributing to the rich tradition of institutional support of the arts by establishing Greece’s first world-class residency program. As a non-profit organization, we are able to do so thanks to funding provided by supporters who also believe in our mission. We invite you to join us in our quest. Make a donation and contribute to the enrichment of artists, communities, and the cultural heritage of visual arts.

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