Following the devastating explosion that rocked Beirut on August 4, 2020, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC and Culture Resource (Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy) with the aid of Akram Zaatari and the lebanese artist community, launch an international fundraising campaign to support the culture and the arts community within Beirut. The raised funds will be channeled to help affected arts and culture organizations and spaces based on identification of urgent needs. The fund will also support individual artists who lost their homes, instruments and equipment and who need to fix them or relocate to new spaces in order to continue their practice.
This campaign builds on the recent joint solidarity initiative, Solidarity Fund to Arts and Culture Structures in Lebanon, by the two regional organizations and supported by three generous donors - Drosos Foundation, Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations - to respond to cumulative pressures related to an economic collapse, restrictions on financial transactions, and uncontrolled inflation. Subsequently, the thorough mapping of arts and culture entities in Lebanon and the experience with an existing funding mechanism can effectively respond to the latest emergency needs.
An early recovery is as critical as an immediate response to the impact of this disaster. Sustaining a viable arts and culture fabric requires a medium- and longer-term accompaniment which is only possible through diverse, consistent and recurring support.
kurimanzutto invites the art community to join this initiative:
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akram zaatari, still from letter to a refusing pilot, 2013