LEONARDO STATEMENT RE:RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE
UPDATE March 21, 2022: Leonardo is anguished and appalled by news of the direct targeting of non-military cultural sites, including the bombing of Art School No. 12 and The Donetsk Regional Theatre of Drama in Mariupol, Ukraine, where hundreds of children, women, and elderly had sought refuge. The brutal attacks on civilians shock human conscience, assault human dignity, and violate humanitarian law and norms. In solidarity with hybrid creatives caught in this crisis, Leonardo offers a corridor of hope in our community of practice, experimentation and scholarship. We stand with and for the safety, security, and freedom of all artists, scientists, technologists.
Leonardo stands for the free and open exchange of ideas and access to Art, Science, & Technology. We abhor acts of violence, oppression, and military aggression that replace such freedom with fear and intimidation. We recognize that the suppression of creativity anywhere is a threat to humanity everywhere. Please join us in solidarity with creative interventions underway and ongoing from members of the Leosphere and beyond.
NOTE: this list is in formation; we welcome your suggestions to add or update.
- Artists at Risk Connection Emergency resources for artists and cultural workers
- The Art Newspaper updates on Ukraine-Russia crisis 2022 news, developments and creative interventions
- Open letter from Russian scientists against the war with Ukraine
- Austrian Academy of Sciences welcoming Ukrainian and Russian scholars
- Secondary Archive Platform for women artists from Central and Eastern Europe
- Maajaam, Farm for Art and Tech, emergency artist residency
- Make Art With Purpose
- Voices From the Center
- Alien Stardust (Russian) Meditation by Victoria Vesna
- Resources for Ukrainian Artists КОНТАКТИ ДЛЯ УКРАЇНЦІВ
- Artist Residency in Marseille, France
- Canada to welcome those fleeing the war in Ukraine
- Jobs for architects from Ukraine
- Artists and War: Answers? Special Editorial by Michele Emmer in Leonardo Journal, 2001
- Other ways to give, volunteer to fill out applications in English, donate airline miles, university and institutional sponsorships
These turbulent times call on us to deepen our shared commitment to Leonardo's community, mission, and vision:
Mission: Leonardo fosters transformation at the nexus of art, science, and technology because complex problems require creative solutions. We serve to empower an inclusive global network, a borderless community where all belong in pursuit of a more vibrant, just, and regenerative world.
Vision: Leonardo activates creativity to push the boundaries of today and unleash the possibilities of tomorrow.
- Diana Ayton-Shenker