Art for Refugees in Transition, INC - A.R.T.

United States of America

Contact: 917-757-6191
Postal address: 100 Bank Street, 5G, New York 10014 New York
Geographic Coverage of NGO’s expertise: Colombia, Jordan


Year of creation: 2001

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main areas of work related to the Convention:

Art for Refugees in Transition (A.R.T.) is an international non-government, non-profit organization that promotes the preservation of indigenous art forms and cultural practices for displaced communities. A.R.T. recognizes the importance of cultural preservation and alliances with these groups to develop curricula to “re-establish the intergenerational relationships rooted in their own culture.”


The mission of A.R.T. is to develop self-sustaining programming for refugees to equip them with the tools to rebuild and preserve their communities. A.R.T. aims to create self-sustaining training and education programs to ensure the transmission of cultural practices from one generation to the next, anchoring in a sense of generational continuity in the midst of changing and charged geographical borders.


Each of A.R.T.’s programs have involved buy-in and collaboration with local stakeholders, as the organization believes that locals are the experts. Empowerment should be promoted to facilitate sustainability and autonomy.