Arts invites a sense of belonging
ARTogether is a resource center for the refugee community, providing free creative arts instruction and supplies within a setting that supports social gathering, human connection, and community-building. ARTogether stands alone as the only creative arts program in the San Francisco Bay Area that specifically serves refugees. We strive to adapt to the special circumstances of the diverse groups that we work with. As we customize our classes, we consider our participants’ immigration status, family status, language and country of origin, age, sexual orientation, length of time in the United States, and access to transportation. ARTogether partners with local organizations to develop and customize its workshops, field trips, and events. Our activities are led by talented and passionate artists and art educators, most of whom are bilingual and belong to underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, and the queer community.
At ARTogether, we believe that art has a special role to play for the refugee community. It invites conversation, laughter, storytelling, and a sense of belonging. The creative process itself provides a meditative respite, keeping the hands busy and the mind gently engaged, while opening a channel for self-expression that transcends spoken language. At the end is a tangible result: a piece of art that can be shared and appreciated. ARTogether showcases selections of refugee artwork to the public as part of a parallel mission to increase public awareness of the refugee community. We have so much to learn from each other, and art is a language we can all use to communicate.