A Collaborative Residency.

The New York City Artist Safe Haven Prototype is a program that provides housing, support, and career development to international artists who are at risk of political, gender or religious persecution; need a respite from dangerous situations; are from conflict regions anywhere in the world; are from countries where repressive regimes severely limit freedom of expression.


Located in the West Village, New York City, the program currently provides housing for two artists at risk for periods of 6 months to 1 year.


Artists are provided with logistical, networking, and public programming support to nurture and advance a creative practice.


Pro-bono legal services for asylum, refugee cases, and visa applications are available on a case-by-case basis.

A Coalition of Resources.

The program combines the efforts of like minded NYC-based cultural organizations, who together pool their resources to support international artists-at-risk. The coalition partners are:


Artists supported by the program, past and present.

Rashwan Abdelbaki

Hometown: Damascus, SyriaLives & Works: New Yorkhttp://www.rashwanabdelbaki.com/ Education: Faculty Of Fine Arts, Damascus, Syria 2003-2007Bio / Statement: Rashwan Abdelbaki is the second artist to participate in the New York City Safe Haven Prototype multi-organizational artist residency program designed to Read more…


Kanchana Ugbabe

Born and raised in Chennai, India, Ugbabe spent time in Scotland and Australia—where she acquired a Ph.D. from Flinders University—before settling in Jos, Nigeria, where she worked as a writer and professor of English. As Read more…


Hadi Nasiri

Hometown: Bandar Abbas, IranLives & Works: New York City URL:http://www.hadinasiri.comEducation: AAS in graphic design, Shahid Rajaee in Shiraz city, Iran. Bio / Statement:Hadi Nasiri is an activist/artist/researcher, whose work has encompassed performance, painting, sculpture, graphic Read more…