PEN America

Artists and writers call on Joe Biden to denounce Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses in meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed

The US president will travel to the oil-rich nation he once labelled a “pariah” and meet with its leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation gives $2.5m in emergency grants to protect at-risk heritage and artists in Ukraine and beyond

The foundation’s grants will be distributed through partnerships with PEN America and the World Monuments Fund

Meryl Streep, Zadie Smith and others sign letter demanding Cuban government stop persecuting artists

The letter, signed by more than 300 well-known figures in the arts, adds pressure to calls for the Cuban government to let artists live and work freely

PEN America issues a safety guide for artists facing repression

Non-profit organisation cites a “skyrocketing’’ number of individuals around the globe needing help with on-the-ground strategies or relocation