Our Vision

Art, is not a luxury, but a tool for survival.

 
 
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

We take this lesson from Audre Lorde one step further: Art, like poetry, is not a luxury, but a tool for survival. A life event--with all its accompanying emotions and consequences--can, through art, be interpreted, examined, and re-experienced on new terms. The result can inspire us all: to imagine the  future we hope for, and to find the courage we need to reach for it. ARTogether dreams of a community of refugees inspired to make their stories heard.

 

As we grow our creative arts programs for the general refugee community--outlined in our mission--we are also developing services for refugees who were artists by profession in their countries of origin. These artists face numerous obstacles to practicing art after resettlement, especially in a location as prohibitively expensive as the Bay Area. ARTogether offers a range of resources to mitigate the hardships of starting over as an artist in a new country. We provide access to a network of established resident artists, as well as assistance in applying for funding that supports their creative work.

 

 
 ARTogether This is a space that would encompass a spectrum of services and resources to the refugee community

ARTogether This is a space that would encompass a spectrum of services and resources to the refugee community

 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.