Standing up for those who speak up

Around the world, writers, journalists, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, actors, and other creative people are censored, harassed, imprisoned, or killed for speaking their minds or exercising their imaginations. Since 2001, Ithaca City of Asylum has welcomed at-risk writers and artists into the Ithaca community, connecting them with opportunities and helping them and their families meet the challenges of a new environment. Learn more.

News & events

Pedro X. Molina wins prestigious award

ICOA’s seventh writer in residence and current Artist Protection Fund Fellow has received the 2021 Gabo Award for Excellence from Fundación Gabo, the foundation created by the late Gabriel García Márquez. The prize is one of the most prestigious for journalists in Latin America. Molina is the first cartoonist to win.

Shining the Light: Journalism in Times of Tyranny

Join us on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 7 p.m. for an online discussion about the situation for journalists in Afghanistan, Belarus, Myanmar, and Nicaragua. Featuring three journalists who have received help from ICOA and a representative of PEN America. In recognition of Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2).

Workshop: Try Your Hand at Cartooning!

Join internationally acclaimed political cartoonist Pedro X. Molina on Tuesday, September 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a workshop on expressing yourself visually by creating a cartoon. Drawing experience is helpful but not necessary.