ArteEast’s vision is of a thriving and sustainable arts sector in the Middle East and North Africa. Our mission is to deepen international arts engagement and to provide support to MENA-based artists and arts organizations in order to broaden the global audience for contemporary culture from the region.

Our core programs include career-building residencies for MENA region-based artists, professional development workshops and resources for artists, and audience building and community engagement around MENA arts.


ArteEast’s Residency initiatives places MENA-based artists in prestigious, career-building, international residencies with our partners throughout the United States. Each of these residencies is strategically conceived to help support artists through various stages and challenges within their career, and to create opportunities for U.S.-based audiences, gallerists, curators, collectors, museum professionals, and artists to encounter and engage with our residents and their work. Our 2016 Residency Initiative Partners include:

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The MENA arts scene is vibrant, and highly connected and creative communities of culture producers are making their voices known in the Middle East. Yet there is an ongoing struggle for sustainability in the MENA arts sector. ArteEast’s professional development initiatives provide a means for individual artists to refine their communications skills, learn how to network more effectively, and assist them in understanding how to build a sustainable career in the visual arts. Our initiatives for arts institutions focus on capacity building and aim to help institutions in the region understand the revenue generation and support opportunities available to them as well as to learn the public relations and marketing techniques that will help them to increase their visibility, build their audiences, and create a more sustainable future. Our 2016 Professional Development initiatives include:

  • On site workshops in Dubai, Cairo, and Beirut
  • Web-based series for individual artists and arts institutions
  • Online crit groups for individual artists to discuss their work in the context of a virtual mentorship


ArteEast hosts NAAS (Network of Arab Arthouse Screens) which is a network of independent arthouse cinemas and cultural institutions united by the common goal to develop cinema culture across the Arab world by bringing, and creating discussion around, the best of local, regional and world cinema to our large combined audiences. As committed and experienced promoters of art and cinema from Morocco to Bahrain, network members establish and enhance valuable synergies – in distribution, programming, promotion and training – in the face of shared obstacles and individual, local isolation.

NAAS membership is open to independent arthouse cinemas, cine clubs, galleries and spaces, independent organizations and exhibitors in the region involved in the promotion of arthouse films.

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