ARTogether is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to design creative programs that ensure refugees flourish in their new homes. Our work generates compassion, human connection, and prosperity for those beginning new lives.
Studies show upon arrival the path to prosperity in their new home takes an average of seven years for a refugee. ARTogether creates programs that build communities and promote long-term self-sufficiency, accelerating the path to prosperity after assistance from initial government and NGO programs have ceased. A prosperous refugee becomes a thriving member of their new community, transforming the social and cultural fabric of their new home for the better.
What We Do
ARTogether’s programs are designed to create:
Fellowship, familiarity, and belonging through peer-based programming and by providing art workshops, after school programs, and art-centered social gatherings.
Financial prosperity for refugee artists by by employing them as art educators, promote artists and their artwork, collaborative community art projects, provide training in practical skills for portfolios and self-promotion.
Cross-cultural educational programs designed to dismiss the misinformation and promote understanding of refugees in public by partnering with schools and educational institute, offering courses about refugees, providing teacher training, produce media project, and public events.
"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.
Reflections on Home
Call for work from female immigrant artists of color in the San Francisco Bay Area
What does home mean to you? Is it a space, a smell, a sound? Is it past, present, or an imagined future? Is it a city street, or a favorite aunt, or that cup of tea made just how you’ve always liked it? Is it your body?
ARTogether and Gathering All Muslim Artists (GAMA) invite artists to imagine the idea of home and belonging, whether it is one of comfort or fear, love or loneliness, and send us their works. We will be exhibiting at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in early 2020.All entries are due by December 1st, 2019.
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