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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.

We Support

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

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.

Acknowledging Bard’s origins

Bard College acknowledges that its origins are intertwined with the systems of racial injustice that have been a part of the history of the US from its foundations.

Land Acknowledgment + Slavery Acknowledgment
More on Bard's History

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