“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

As we have learned from our great mentor, Audre Lorde, art, much like poetry, is not a luxury but a necessary tool for our survival. Scrutinizing our emotions and life stories through art and poetry at a young age teaches us to imagine and express the most radical and effective ideas for a future we want to live in. Our vision at ARTogether is to see refugees in California raising their voices, telling their stories, and expressing their emotions and thoughts in their new home. We believe in the power of  creative expression as a tool to build coalitions and engage with the broader community. We also believe a community thrives when all its members can fully participate in its formation, writing its history, and shaping its future.