In 2017, the ARJ ACADEMY received 170 applications from 50 countries of all world regions and will hosted 30 selected participants from August 24 until 31, 2017 followed by the ARJ Forum in Berlin.

The second edition of the ARJ Academy & Forum will take place in late summer 2018.
An announcement is expected for early 2018.


The first ARJ Academy took place from Thursday August 24 to August 31 followed by the ARJ Forum August 31, 2017.
The second edition of ARJ Academy & Forum will take place in late summer 2018.

At the University of Hildesheim, Northern Germany

What is it about?
The ARJ ACADEMY is organized in a one-week training and discourse format. 30 participants join international experts and lecturers. The ARJ ACADEMY is a mixture of workshops, discussions, teamwork in groups, presentations, individual consultancy, and expert insights. All participants in the ARJ ACADEMY are young professionals in cultural policy-related work, arts or cultural management practice, free expression, human rights work or related academic areas. There is a keen desire to bring together participants from a wide variety of world regions and to create a peer-to-peer learning ambiance based on dialogue and exchange. Parallel to group oriented formats, attention is given to individual learning tasks of each participant. Participation in the ARJ ACADEMY enables attendees to apply to initiate regional ARJ LABORATORIES with the support of the ARJ PROGRAM.

  • Fundamentals of freedom of expression within human rights
  • Understanding freedom and threat: censorship and policy structures
  • Advocacy & campaigning, funding & networking
  • Cultural policy & arts management
  • Working with artists: needs, protection, visas, relocation
  • Funding & networking: building worldwide networks in relation to freedom of expression and artistic freedom

Who is eligible?

  • Young professionals working within artists at risk residencies, arts and cultural project managers, artists, lawyers, jurists or academics
  • Working experience in a field related to human rights, cultural rights, cultural policy, freedom of expression and artistic freedom, artist mobility, arts or social development
  • Good level of English
  • Individuals of all nationalities