From left: The Federation’s founders Laurie Anderson, Tanya Selvaratnam, and Laura Michalchyshyn.

Artist-Run Organization Created to Combat Xenophobia and Border Issues

The Federation, an organization created by artist Laurie Anderson, television producer Laura Michalchyshyn, and writer Tanya Selvaratnam—made “to keep cultural borders open in response to the threatened closing of physical borders and increased xenophobia”—launches today. Hundreds of artists, such as Anicka Yi, Glenn Ligon, Shirin Neshat, and Joan Jonas have already joined its ranks, in addition to various arts organizations including the Kitchen, the Public Theater, Danspace Project, St. Anne’s Warehouse, the Poetry Project, and Performance Space 122.

For the launch, The Federation is collaborating with the New York Film Festival to host a conversation today, October 11 at 7 PM, in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Amphitheater. Among the panelists from The Federation and the film festival will be Laurie Anderson, Tanya Selvaratnam, Sara Driver, Kali Holloway, Emel Mathlouthi, and Barbet Schroeder. The talk will end with a performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus.

The Federation will also be leading Art Action Day on January 20, 2018—a nationwide in-person and virtual union of people from all over the United States. A free downloadable Art Action Day Toolkit, available on November 1, will provide information for communities around the US to engage in different ways.