ARTogether facilitates social gatherings, family picnics, and other social activities to raise awareness about refugee situation and also to make connections between the refugee community and the general public.
"Pleasant Pain" Gathering
On June 25th, ARTogether hosted a social gathering and explorative workshop for individuals involved in “Pleasant Pain,” a dance presentation choreographed by Iranian dancer Aisan Hoss. Hosted at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, the workshop sought to explore notions of home, immigration, and identity--ideas that manifest emotionally through Hoss’ choreography. “Pleasant Pain” draws from oral history interviews that Hoss has conducted with nearly thirty young Iranian émigrés who have recently migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Like Hoss, the interviewees are part of Iran’s “new generation” - those born in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The choreographic process and community building efforts of The Pleasant Pain explore individual and collective memories of home and how these memories and one’s sense of identity transform after migration.
Celebration of Norouz
On Friday the 16th of March, students of Meadow Homes Elementary School and their parents gathered to celebrate Norouz at the school in Concord, California. Marked by the Spring equinox, Norouz is a celebration of the new year that is celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and parts of Iraq and India.
This event was organized by ARTogether, Jewish Family and Community Service of East Bay and Meadow Homes Elementary School located in Concord, California.