About Us

Our Mission

ARTogether’s mission is to provide art programs that foster compassionate communities where refugees and immigrants can flourish.

Our Vision – For refugees and immigrants moving to the United States, the journey has just begun. ARTogether offers programs that reach out to refugees and immigrants, providing welcoming, creative spaces for local refugees and immigrants to connect with their community. Our goal is to build communities and promote long-term prosperity for refugees and immigrants, even after assistance from initial government and NGO resettlement programs has ceased. For these programs, art is our social glue, its universality binding us all together.

Art plays a special role in the refugee community. It invites conversation, laughter, storytelling and a sense of belonging. At the community level, it has a unique ability to bring people together, to draw together people from different backgrounds and forge connections through creativity and self-expression. Finally, art transcends the spoken word, allowing people to communicate and express themselves without the burden of language barriers.

What We Offer

ARTogether’s programs are designed to foster:

  • Fellowship, familiarity, and belonging through inclusive community activities, including art workshops, after-school art classes, and art-centered social gatherings. Learn more.
  • Economic prosperity for refugee artists, by promoting artists and their artwork, collaborating on community art projects, developing art portfolios, and employing artists as art educators in our workshops. Learn more.
  • A deeper and more tolerant understanding of refugees and refugee issues, fighting misinformation through cross-cultural educational programs, in-the-classroom lesson plans, teacher training programs, public art events and promoted media projects. Learn more.
For more information on our programs and our approach toward building more inclusive communities for refugees and immigrants, please see our Theory of Change below.
 

Team

Board of Directors

Our Community Partners

To better serve our community and reach out to new refugee and immigrant communities, we partner with a number of organizations that already offer a spectrum of vital services to these communities. Below are some of our strongest partners, both past and present.

Center For Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI)

East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum (EBRIF)

Oakland International High School

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Cesar Chavez Center & The Unity Council

Gathering All Muslim Artists (GAMA)

Refugee & Immigrant Transitions

StoryCenter

Flying Carpet Children Festival

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay (JFCS)

More About ARTogether

For more in-depth information about ARTogether and its programs, please see our annual reports and our monthly newsletter below.

Annual Reports

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