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ARCAthens Inaugural Residency Program

ARCAthens Residency Program

ARCAthens (Artist Residency Center Athens), is a 501(c)(3) based in New York. The Helis Foundation has joined ARCAthens as a Founding Patron in support of ARCAthens Pilot Program: Spring 2019.


ARCAthens represents a unique opportunity for The Helis Foundation to honor the Helis family’s Greek heritage and their longstanding commitment to supporting the arts,” said David Kerstein, President of The Helis Foundation.


Taking place in Athens from February 18 to March 31, 2019, this six-week residency module not only activated our mission to support the arts and build international bridges, it also provided an additional case study towards establishing our sustainable permanent model.


Key features of the Inaugural Pilot Program:

  • Both Visual Art Fellow and Curatorial Fellow were each provided with live-work accommodations, weekly stipends, travel expenses, and a $1,000 Fellowship—allowing them to immerse and create.

  • ARCAthens’ focused and dynamic Outreach Program provided our Fellows and the Athenian community the elective opportunity to connect through scheduled studio visits, institutional tours, and discussion groups. Additional outreach with the Athenian community was cultivated through events and introductions.

  • At the end of the program, the Fellows participated in a panel discussion focusing on their work and experience.


Inaugural Fellows are artist Cullen Washington, Jr. and curator Larry Ossei-Mensah.

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