Fund to save artists from conflict zones

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Awards and fellowships to be given at host universities

By Emily Sharpe. Web only
Published online: 28 March 2014


The Egyptian artist and arts professor Ahmed Bassiouny was killed by police while protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in 2011

A fund to rescue artists, architects, musicians and dancers from war-torn regions has been created by the New York-based non-profit organisation, the Institute of International Education. The initiative, part of the group’s Scholar Rescue Fund, is the first of its kind to “focus specifically on saving threatened scholars in the arts”, Mark Angelson, the fund’s chairman says. “[These people] are among the most threatened during war and by oppressive regimes.”

In 2011, the Egyptian artist and arts professor Ahmed Bassiouny was killed by police while protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square; his was work presented a few months later at the Venice Biennale. The Syrian poet and singer Ibrahim Quashoush was abducted and murdered the same year, after performing anti-government songs at a demonstration in Hama.

Ten art-risk scholars will be given “lifesaving”, $25,000 fellowships and placed at host universities, which will match the award.

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