ARCAthens Founding President Bill Fagaly’s unexpected passing in May 2021 has inspired his dear friend Lynda Benglis to join ARCAthens in establishing a memorial fund.
The Bill Fagaly Fund For the Future memorial fund will be used to realize Bill’s dream for ARCAthens, to provide opportunity and support to Visual Artists, Curators, and Scholars to further their research by fostering international dialogue, cooperation, and understanding between Greece and the USA.
Unique Promise & Growth in a Time of Challenge
Athens, the Bronx, and New Orleans: In the face of ongoing economic challenges, these vibrant locations have emerged as thriving hubs of cultural and social renewal. Each city boasts a rich tapestry of history, art, and innovation, making them compelling destinations for artists and scholars alike.
Athens, Greece: Despite economic adversity, Athens continues to experience a cultural and social renaissance. Its artistic landscape is characterized by a unique blend of tradition and innovation, making it a captivating and nourishing destination for artists and thinkers. The city’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage while nurturing new creative endeavors has resulted in a dynamic and evolving cultural ecosystem. Read More
The Bronx, New York: The Bronx, as a borough of New York City, stands as a microcosm of global diversity and artistic expression. While offering proximity to Manhattan and access to the world’s cultural capital, the Bronx maintains a thriving local community and an incredible array of cultural resources. It provides a distinct perspective on contemporary challenges, making it an excellent base for research and artistic growth.
New Orleans, USA: Nestled in the heart of the United States, New Orleans offers a rich blend of history, culture, and artistic innovation. Beyond its thriving visual art community, the city’s vibrant music scene, diverse culinary traditions, and lively neighborhoods provide fertile ground for artistic exploration. New Orleans’ resilience in the face of adversity, including the challenges posed by climate change, adds depth to the artistic discourse and makes it an ideal location for research and growth.
The concept of “Philoxenia,” deeply rooted in ancient Greek culture, extends a warm welcome to Athens, the Bronx, and New Orleans, making them ideal hosts for visiting artists. As program providers and hosts, we are dedicated to enriching these cities culturally and economically. The impact of our Fellows extends far beyond their time in these cities, as they carry their work, experiences, and knowledge back to their home countries, becoming ambassadors of the ideals embodied in our program.
ARCAthens wishes to express its support and compassion for all those we have lost in the pandemic and from violence against the Black community.
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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