Artist Laurie Anderson, TV producer Laura Michalchyshyn and author Tanya Selvaratnam launched the art organisation The Federation.


The organisation’s aim is to “keep cultural borders open in response to the threatened closing of physical borders and increased xenophobia”.

Several hundred artists, among them Glenn Ligon, Shirin Neshat, Anicka Yi, Joan Jonas, as well as such organisations as The Kitchen, St. Anne's Warehouse, The Poetry Project, the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Live Arts and Performance Space 122 have already joined The Federation.

The organisation’s website says: “We believe in the need to both heighten our sense of our shared humanity and to work for equality and justice. We believe in engaging audiences to secure an enduring democratic future. The arts must serve as a catalyst to achieve these goals.”

The initiative was launched during the New York Film Festival on October 11. The organisation plans to hold Art Action Day on January 20, 2018.

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