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In Focus: E6-Visa and ARKO's First Online Public Hearing

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Photo Source: Arts Council Korea

The Arts Council of Korea (ARKO) is a national organization founded to support projects and activities for the promotion of culture and arts, with a faith that all of us have the power to change our life, to share the joy of creation, and enjoy a valuable life.

ARKO draws policies of culture and arts through the agreement by 11 council members to help cultural artists who have been unilateral beneficiaries of the policies to enter as both a planner and a performer.

Why will ARKO hold its first-ever public hearing?

The event’s objective is to provide enhanced policies and to improve the legal system for fostering the environment for immigrant artists in Korea. Issues such as improvement to the E6-1 visa system for artists; provision of a public window to ensure the rights of migrant artists; and building a foundation for the creative art activities of international students will be discussed.

According to Park Kyung-ju, a council member of ARKO, the number of migrants residing in Korea is expected to reach 4 million soon. As the number of migrants in Korea increases, the number of foreign residents staying in Korea for the purpose of not just economic activities but for specialized cultural and artistic activities is also increasing day by day. 

“However, the domestic legal system for the stay of foreign artists living in Korea and doing cultural and artistic creation activities is insufficient. So, in the long run, it is urgent to prepare a system for them. In Korea, there has not yet been a place where public institutions, migrant artists, art policymakers, etc. have met to discuss the visa system for artists.

“Therefore, starting with this public hearing, ARKO would like to start an intensive discussion on the artist visa system in earnest. It aims to create a social issue that recognizes migrants as subjects of cultural production and creation,” she added.

This online public hearing targets immigrant artists who are doing art activities in Korea and artists who currently reside in foreign countries but want to do art activities in Korea in the future. Also, citizens who are interested in cultural diversity issues can actively participate in this event. While watching online, they can provide their opinions and ask questions.

Kim Nam-kuk, a member of Legislation and Judiciary Committee, National Assembly of Korea emphasized that “we hope to see diverse and insightful discussions at the Online Public Hearing to result in reasonable solutions for the issues at hand and we will endeavor to improve the policies so that Immigrant artists can devote themselves to creative and artistic activities with peace of mind.”

ARKO's Online Public Hearing for the Improvement of Artist Visa is expected to be an arena for lively and in-depth discussions on the current artist visa system, as it is the first public hearing with participation from immigrant artists, academia, legal professionals, and government officials. It will be hosted by ARKO, Subcommittee on Art Scene Communication, and supported by Kim Nam-kuk.

The public hearing will be broadcast live via ARKO’s official Youtube channel (Korean/English) and Facebook channel (English) starting at 2pm (Korea Standard Time), April 16, Friday.

Photo source: Arts Council Korea


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