Haven for Artists (HFA) is a cultural feminist organization based in Beirut, Lebanon. Working at the intersection of art and activism, Haven is a physical and digital platform supporting cultural works and knowledge production rooted in intersectional feminism, gender and racial justice, and decolonial practices.
Founded in 2011 by artists and activists, Haven began as a mobile body that hosted festivals, performances, artist residencies, shelter programs, and exhibitions promoting local and regional artists. Growing into an art house, Haven is a safe space to expand and sustain freedom of expression and the equitable exchange of knowledge, tools, and skills for unrepresented and marginalized communities.
founded by a group of artists and activists
Including Salus Ex Machina
Including The Haven Trifecta – Tales of Indulgence
Including A Current Wave of Nectar
22 events including Autumn Sonata – as the leaves fall and For the love of the Arts/A Fundraiser
Including Radical: Choice and Consequence
63 events including the Haven artist Residency
Including Mena-Logue, Vices and Validation and NEDWA
Haven closes Concept 2092 and join the street protests and interventions in support of the October Revolution
Relief work after the August 4th blast, opening of a temporary shelter. Release of “Courage”
Haven moves all work to the digital space, from exhibitions and campaigns to relief work and fundraising
Haven re-opens its community center.
Dayna Ash is a cultural and social activist, writer, and the founder & Executive Director of Haven for Artists, a non-profit feminist art organization based in Beirut, Lebanon that works at the intersection of art and activism; unapologetically campaigning, and advocating for women’s and queer rights.
She was named one of the BBC’s 100 most inspirational Women for 2019, the 2020 Woman of Distinction award from the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and the 2021 Leader in LGBT Health Equity award from the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health for advancing LGBTQ wellbeing in Lebanon.
Dayna is currently an active on Artist Changemaker Advisory Council – Global Fund for Women, on the Selection Committee Member – The Doria Feminist Fund.
Yasmine El Rifaii is a feminist, cultural activist, and creative director with a BA in Interior Architecture from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA).
She is the Creative Director at Haven for Artists, a non-profit feminist art organization based in Beirut, Lebanon that works at the intersection of art and activism; unapologetically campaigning, and advocating for women’s and queer rights.
Yasmine is also the co-founder and Creative Director of Al-Hayya magazine which publishes literary and visual content on the works, interests, and strife of women, bilingually in Arabic and English.
As a multi-disciplinary artist, Yasmine employs art and creative methods to challenge the patriarchy, oppression, and the status quo.
Born in 1999, Marilyn Mokbel is a comic artist and illustrator from Beirut, Lebanon. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-arts – ALBA). Her work draws inspiration from the city of Beirut, its peculiarity, and its relationship to her own body.
Siel joined Haven for Artists as a Project Coordinator in June 2022. She has an MA in Middle East Studies from SOAS University of London and has worked in projects and grants management in international NGOs in the UK, Iraq, and Lebanon for 5 years. Siel’s a Cancer through and through, and will always over-analyze your texts.
Jo is an agricultural engineer completing her final semester. She joined the relief team following the Beirut blast as an administrative assistant and was offered a permanent position as finance officer. Jo loves the sun and can summon it.
Tiffany Moujaes is a 2D animator, illustrator, and certified makeup FX artist with a B.S in Graphic Design (Digital Emphasis) from the Lebanese American University. She mainly gets inspiration from nature and faces. Her work varies from politics & activism to captured emotions and the small valued moments she shares with others. If lost, can be found at your nearest campsite.
Anna Maria Ohan is creative and passionate Virgo; self-taught, Syrian-Armenian journalist with 5 years of professional experience. She concentrates on the humanitarian side of the news and raising awareness on the socio-economic situation within Syria. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her lifting weights at the gym.
Born in 2016, Martin continuously succeeds in being the best boy.
Nadim Choufi is a visual artist living in Beirut. He primarily focuses on the material histories and futures of innovation, their social and political driving forces, and the visual and literary practices that surround them. Currently, he is a researcher at Haven For Artists and is the co-Programs Director at Beirut Art Center b. 1994.