ARTogether is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to provide creative spaces and infrastructure for refugees resettled in the Bay Area, to promote healing and community building through art. Since the summer of 2017, we have been conducting classes, workshops and social gatherings for people of all ages and backgrounds within the refugee community and beyond, tailoring our approach to match their specific needs, while providing support and employment to local immigrant artists.
What We Do
ARTogether forms partnerships with artists and refugee organizations in the Bay Area to develop and host regular free creative arts workshops that are 90 minutes to 2 hours in duration. We design one-time workshops as well as ongoing regular series. Workshop themes cover variety of media and purposes. Activities take place onsite, at the partner refugee organization’s facility, and wherever else possible.
We use public and private facilities that can accommodate the activities. ARTogether works with art instructors familiar with the language(s) spoken by participants or otherwise we provide a translator. ARTogether also facilitates social gathering, family picnics, and other social activities to raise awareness about refugee situation and also to make connection between the refugee community and the general public.
"The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experience of our daily Lives."
- Audre Lorde, Poetry Is Not A Luxury
Our Global Community
In addition to developing partnerships with individuals and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, ARTogether has expanded its mission to bring arts programs to refugee communities around the world!
ARTogether recently launched its first global chapter in Zurich, Switzerland, followed by Fort Worth chapter in Texas. We hope to further grow our global presence to provide refugees with the tools for artistic expression in as many cities, countries, and walks of life as we can. If you are interested in helping us expand our movement, please contact us here!
What is New?
Shop at ARTogether
We are so excited to announce the launch of our new merchandise shop!
Now you may choose from our selection of original handmade jewelry, kitchen craft and fine art photography in our online store. We feel that this new shop is special as each item is unique, high-quality, and locally made by artists of color. When you purchase from our ARTogether shop, proceeds will go towards supporting our arts and community building programs and artists.
Creative Digital Storytelling Workshop
We are going back to Oakland International High School (OIHS) with an exciting new workshop.
For two months, a selected group of students participate in a exciting new workshop called Digital Storytelling to learn how to tell their unique stories using digital tools!
Call For Artists
Artists of the Bay Area! If you’re interested in doing a project with us, please get in touch to collaborate with ARTogether on a future workshop or event.
Whether it's painting, dancing, theater, crafting, or anything in between, we'd love to have you share your talents to benefit the communities we serve.
We especially encourage bilingual artists, people of color, women and queer artists to join our ranks. If you're interested, feel free to contact us