ARTogether is a community-building project that uses art and creative expression to lay the foundation for a new home beyond borders.
ARTogether is a resource center for refugees of the San Francisco Bay Area. Through creative arts and art therapy we develop the capacity to heal from trauma, and the enduring skills and confidence to navigate the hardships of starting over in a new home. Our dream is to forge long-lasting relationships between the Bay Area’s diverse refugee communities and its many talented resident artists and art educators. ARTogether aspires to be part of a progressive tradition in California that drives positive change in the United States. and across the world.
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
Dedicated to change.
ARTogether has long term plans of operating from its own central facility. This is a space that would encompass a spectrum of services and resources to the refugee community: a studio with open access to art supplies, a classroom area for ongoing workshops, a computer lab for digital projects, and an exhibition space to showcase the ARTogether community’s creative pieces.