Afghans are scrambling to protect their art from the Taliban. Upheavals have forced culture underground before.

A Hazara man walks near the site where the statues of Buddha stood in Bamian before being destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) By Sammy Westfall The Washington Post, October 2, 2021 at 12:14 p.m. EDT27 When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan 20 years ago, the group banned music, outlawed human images and idols and […]

Afghans bury paintings and hide books out of fear of Taliban crackdown on arts and culture

An artist looks at paintings he recovered from a government-run facility where he previously worked. He is now hiding the paintings in his home. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Washington Post) By Sudarsan Raghavan The Washington Post — September 29, 2021 at 10:18 p.m. EDT87 KABUL — The Afghan artist, driven by past memory, buried 15 paintings — […]

Newsletter — Summer 2021

View this email in your browser           DONATE                               Power of Music and Art, Resiliency of the Human Spirit, Will to Survive   Dear Friends, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project’s message of resiliency of the human spirit seems more […]

Artists and cultural workers face life under Taliban 2.0

An Afghan man rides his motorcycle past the remains of a giant Buddha carving destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001 in central Bamian province. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters) By Philip Kennicott Art and architecture critic August 30, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT60 As the clock ticks to Tuesday’s deadline for American forces to leave Afghanistan, the arts and […]

Belarusian political dissidents on spreading their message of freedom: ‘We never know when our life will end’

Belarusian political dissidents Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada are the artistic directors of the Belarus Free Theatre. (KK Ottesen/For The Washington Post) By KK OttesenThe Washington PostAugust 10, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. EDT0 Belarusian political dissidents Natalia Kaliada, 47, a former diplomat, and Nikolai Khalezin, 57, a writer, are the artistic directors of the award-winning Belarus […]

A Prisoner’s Artwork: A Ship from Guantanamo

This is such a moving story about the a prisoner in Guantanamo and the power of art in his ability to survive. NYTIMES.COM Video: Opinion | A Ship From Guantánamo Moath al-Alwi has never been charged with a crime, but has spent over 19 years at the U.S. military detention camp in Cuba. In a […]

Hong Kong Protests, Silenced on the Streets, Surface in Artworks

Even as the authorities restrict speech in the Chinese territory, local artists are subtly rendering the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations in paintings, installations and other media. The artist Siu Wai Hang. Last month, the Hong Kong branch of the Goethe-Institut, the cultural arm of the German government, hosted a mixed-media solo show by him, “Unreasonable Behavior.”Credit...Lam […]

Voices of Exchange

Episode 3: Jumping Out of the Water Wed, 28 Apr 2021 08:00:00 -0400 What happens when you’re an artist living in a tyrannical state: do you risk your life to fight tyranny, or do you escape your country because your gifts are valuable to the entire world?  Join us as we meet Gail Prensky, a […]

The JK Project Newsletter-Winter 2021

Dear Friends, We hope that all is well and healthy with you and your loved ones during this life-changing pandemic.  Since the pandemic struck us in early 2020, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project has been harnessing its creativity, shifting plans, and starting new initiatives.  We are adapting, inventing, and re-defining our goals. Throughout COVID-19, the Project has embraced […]


The opera on police violence that America needs to see, but can’t. By Michael Andor Brodeur June 17, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EDTThe Washington Post Kenneth Kellogg as the Father and Aaron Crouch as the Son in the Glimmerglass Festival's 2019 world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's “Blue.” (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival) The good news […]