Social Gathering: Pleasant Pain

On the afternoons of July 12, 13, and 14, the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) hummed with activity, occupied by a group of women laughing, sewing, creating. In partnership with ARTogether, CERI hosted three days of embroidery workshops for Cambodian refugees in which looms...Read More

Open windows let in the cool evening breeze as Somaieh Amini, a local Bay Area artist, set up watercolor paints, brushes, and blank pieces of paper in preparation for ARTogether’s Girls Expressive Art Workshop last Thursday, August 3rd...Read More

Children's Craft: Journal Making

A group middle-schoolers gathered together at Laney Garden in Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, as a part of an IRC-sponsored summer camp for an art workshop in which they decorated their own new journals. The art workshop, organized by ARTogether...Read More

Children's Craft: Flag Making

ARTogether, in partnership with the Center of Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI), hosted a creative flag-making workshop on Wednesday, July 19 for children from refugee families. ARTogether recently partnered with CERI to incorporate arts...Read More

Children's Craft: Picture Frames

Still out of breath from their sailing adventure across Lake Merritt, in Oakland, a group of twenty kids and teens aged 10-15 sat down for their final activity of the day, marking an end to their week long summer camp organized...Read More

Women's Craft: Embroidery

On the afternoons of July 12, 13, and 14, the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) hummed with activity, occupied by a group of women laughing, sewing, creating. In partnership with ARTogether, CERI hosted three days of embroidery workshops for Cambodian refugees in which looms and squares of cloth were brought to life by the careful tracing...Read More

Children's Craft: Tie Dye

Late afternoon light settled in the yard of the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, the shadows of the large green building stretching long and lazy across tables covered in art supplies. A car pulled up in the graveled driveway...Read More

Men's Art Therapy: September

The mood in the room shifted upon the completion of the activity, as the drawings and photos revealed poignant narratives that rang true to the experiences of the participating men. A photo of a happy family in a car became a prelude of peace before a devastating war, one that obliterated all traces of the familiar...Read More

Expressive Art: Art Journals

By using both art and words in her journal, Alice said the journal helped her learn to express herself in new and creatives ways. The goal of the workshop -- she hoped -- was for the girls to be able to do the same...Read More

Children's Craft: Parenting Workshop

As they mixed the materials for their playdough, the women shared their stories and laughed while the children patiently waited to smush playdough between their fingers...Read More

Women's Craft: Tassel Making

Like embroidery, tassels can be used to personalize one’s home and belongings, allowing those who were forced to reorient themselves in an unfamiliar country to further cultivate a sense of home in California...Read More

The women of CERI had high expectations for their October craft workshop with art educator Negar Asef, whose monthly workshops always seemed to transform into lively festivities of laughter, dancing, and, of course, art...Read More

Shimana held a photo up to the group, angling it so everyone could see the abstract image of two cliffs looming beyond a window frame. She asked the group what they interpreted in the image and then asked each participant to copy the picture using markers and colored pencils. Then came the challenge...Read More

It wasn’t initially easy for the children to work together as a team, but the final project was colorful and abound with houses, cars, roads, and trees decorated with ghosts and jack-o-lanterns to name a few. At some points the room was abuzz with discussion on the collaborative project...Read More