ARTogether is a project centered in the Bay Area. We foster a link between the local arts and refugee/immigrant youth communities. If you are an artist or art educator interested in connecting and engaging with refugee and immigrant youth through our program, get in touch! We are especially interested in projects that are amenable to workshops or workshop series. We would love to hear your ideas!
We encourage multilingual artists, women, queer artists, and artists of color to participate.
Farnaz Tasbihgoo was born in Tehran, Iran to two architect parents and was exposed to art from a very young age. She obtained a degree in both Fine Art Painting and Architecture and then continued her journey in art by obtaining her master’s degree in Fine Art Photography. She tries to tell her stories through the camera. Farnaz has great experience working with children: she has taught art classes to children (ages 2-12) at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) in Oakland and, in addition, assisted in developing the science curriculum. Farnaz also has extensive teaching experience at Boostan Kids in San Mateo, where she has taught children ages 2-4. Visit Farnaz fine art photography at www.farnazt.com
Negar is an Iranian artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology and Interior Design. She has produced many programs including puppet shows, painting, writing, woodworking, and handcraft workshops for NGO's that work with children. Negar is currently working as a theater set-stage designer and costume designer.
Fine artist and artisan, Alice Pennes, has been teaching art for over fifteen years. She has a master’s degree in Integrative Health from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), for which she focused on the healing power of creative expression and the connection between art and wellness. Alice has had the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of different communities, including Latino youth, women’s groups, and children and adults with disabilities. Organizations Alice has worked with include, but are certainly not limited to: Employee Wellness, Prestwood Elementary School, Social Advocates for Youth- Grief Services, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, ArtEscape. Visit Alice's work at: www.alicepennes.com
Somaieh Amini was born on Christmas day of 1981 in Isfahan, a historical city in central western Iran with a strong cultural heritage. She started her artistic career when she was 18 and she received her BA in painting from Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Iran and her master’s from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. She has an extensive portfolio covering a wide variety of mediums, focusing on oil and canvas. https://www.behance.net/Somaieh_Amini