The OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts at Bard College researches, inspires, and supports the intersection of art and human rights.
At its heart is a perspective that looks beyond art institutions and nonprofit organization industries to engage with international practices of activism, art, and knowledge production.
The Center is
committed to creating networks of collaboration and solidarity
and to enriching the conversation on the political potential of contemporary art within human rights discourse. Through its postgraduate masters of art program, it opens a space for activists, artists, and scholars to colearn and cocreate. Through its public program—operating locally in New York’s Hudson Valley (occupied homelands of the Munsee and Muhheaconneok people) and internationally—the center engages with innovative art practices that investigate human rights violations and grassroots activism that uses creative tools of resistance.
multidisciplinary and collaborative knowledge production
through annual resident research fellowships, research grants for students and faculty, yearly commissions for artists, public talks series, free and accessible publications, and a multidisciplinary biennial arts festival in partnership with the Fisher Center at Bard and other OSUN institutions and art venues around the world.
A project sponsored by
the Open Society University Network
The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a global network of educational institutions that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge—in the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences and the arts, on undergraduate and graduate levels. OSUN works across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access to higher education for underserved communities.
Bard College’s campus in New York’s Hudson Valley
the Center for Human Rights and the Arts (CHRA) is integrated in its local and regional communities, and globally through its collaborations and affiliations with the Open Society University Network’s partners. The center’s programs transcend boundaries of nationality and location as well as of genre and professional practice.