Fort Worth Chapter
Developed by a Fort Worth-based social worker and artist, Bahareh Rezaeian, our Fort Worth Chapter aims to expand ARTogether services to Texas. The Lone Star state has the leading position in resettling refugees in the US, and Fort Worth is the third highest resettlement city in Texas. Refugees from the Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Burma now call Fort Worth home after spending many years in refugee camps and/or in a third country. Bahareh is collaborating with refugee resettlement agencies to reach out to the refugee communities and organize ARTogether workshops. She aims to have routine craft sessions to encourage the new Texas residents to build stronger communities and leave their traumas behind in a relaxed environment.
Bahare Rezaeean, Fort Worth, TX Chapter Coordinator
Bahareh was born in Tehran, where she was introduced to the art and art therapy by attending sculpture and craft classes from a very young age. She is still perusing her passion by working on creative projects. She has a background in project management and she has recently pursued her MA in operation management. Bahareh has worked as a refugee resettlement case worker in Istanbul and Austin TX. Through years of experience working with refugees, she learned that refugees need more than shelter and financial support in order to acclimate to their new environments. That is why she decided to join ARTogether’s Global Chapter in order to serve her community in Fort Worth, where she provides creative craft sessions to refugees from many different backgrounds. Through these sessions, she aims to bring people together and help them build stronger communities.