The OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts at Bard College researches, inspires, and extends 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 production, and education.

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 and internationally—the center presents innovative art practices that investigate human rights violations and grassroots activism that uses technology and creative tools of resistance.

We Support

multidisciplinary and collaborative knowledge production

through annual fellowships and grants for artists, activists, students, and scholars; public lectures; publications; and a biennial arts festival taking place at the Fisher Center at Bard and other sites around the world.

A project sponsored by

the Open Society University Network

Based at

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.

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