Culture and Art
The Open Society Foundations are dedicated to advancing diverse artistic practices and strengthening locally-led cultural spaces around the world.
Art During Wartime
“Warriors of Light”
The world knew all too little about the art and culture of Ukraine prior to Russia’s all-out invasion. The war has changed that—and demonstrated the power of art as a tool of resistance.
Q&A: Harnessing the Power of Documentary Storytelling
Orwa Nyrabia, artistic director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, talks to Open Society about his experiences in Syria as a child and during the war, and its impact on his worldview and creative path
Culture and Arts
Using Crafts to Find Common Ground
David Keefe brings veterans and migrants together to find common ground through the creative art of making paper from uniforms and clothing.
Arts, Culture in Lebanon
Art in a Time of Turmoil: The View from Lebanon
A year ago this August, Beirut was rocked by a deadly explosion, compounding political strife and the toll of COVID-19. How local culture and arts groups’ show of solidarity helped to nourish a devastated nation.
Bring Them Home
Q&A: Racial Justice and Restitution
During a moment of reckoning with the legacies of racism, the African Foundation for Development is working to return objects to Africa that were looted during the eras of colonialism and imperialism.
Q&A: Kazakhstan’s Theater for All
Literal Action, a groundbreaking inclusive theater project in Kazakhstan, is trying to redefine how both audiences and performers understand theater—and unlock its radically inclusive potential.
Imagining a Better World
Embracing the Arts in an Era of Disruption
At a time when many of the rules we once took for granted no longer apply, how can we respond with boldness, fearlessness, and creativity? Culture and art are part of the answer.
Art for Progress
Q&A: Fearless Theater in Kosovo
With their latest production, an ambitious theater troupe is challenging homophobia, facing down death threats, and changing minds.