Culture Resource (Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy) is a regional, non-profit organization founded in 2003 that seeks to support artistic creativity in the Arab region and to encourage cultural exchange within the region and beyond. The work of Culture Resource is based on an appreciation of the value of the diverse cultural heritage within the Arab region, and a belief in the critical role of culture in the development of civil society, the importance of access to culture for all, and the rights of artists to freedom of expression.
Culture Resource seeks to fulfill its mission to support artists from the Arab region and cultural organizations and the cultural sector throughout the region with a range of services and programs. These activities include support for independent artists to create new work and to travel and tour these works, capacity building and training programs and publications in Arabic aimed at developing cultural managers and organizations, cultural policy research, support for artists at risk, and supporting the sustainability of cultural industries in the region, without undermining the value of culture as a public good and a basic human right.
Culture Resource is led by a dynamic staff representing a range of diverse backgrounds, experiences and skill sets, under the governance of a general assembly composed of 34 Arab cultural leaders, and a seven-member artistic board. Our work is characterized by a deep knowledge of the cultural life, context and history of the region, institutional expertise and integrity, commitment to our vision of culture as a right and a public value, and by the representation of the region’s diversity in our beneficiaries, staff, and governing bodies.