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Bridging Divides: Art, Culture & Immigration


This just in, a new report published by Artplace America and Welcoming America, Bridging Divides, Creating Community: Arts, Culture, and Immigration. Researched and written by our old friend John Arroyo, who is now a professor of Latino Studies at the University of Oregon school of Planning, Public Policy and Management, the report is designed to support increased collaboration between the arts and immigration fields. Karen Mack was honored to be included on the list of interview subjects.


ArtPlace America and Welcoming America are pleased to announce the release of Bridging Divides, Creating Community: Arts, Culture, and Immigration. Researched and authored me,To learn more about the power that creative placemaking holds for those working to create an America where everyone – including immigrants and refugees – can belong and thrive, download the full field scan: Bridging Divides, Creating Community: Arts, Culture, and Immigration by John Arroyo, PhD, AICP, this report is the eighth in ArtPlace’s series of cross-sector field scans exploring how arts and cultural practitioners have long been and may increasingly be partners in helping to achieve community development goals.

Designed to support increased collaboration between the arts and immigration fields, this new report explores how arts and cultural practices can be leveraged to:

  • Bridge Newcomers and Longer-Term Populations

  • Elevate Cultural Traditions as Assets

  • Engage Newcomers and Other Allies in Civic Processes

  • Co-Create Spaces that Reflect Identity

Based on a comprehensive literature review; an analysis of 140 creative placemaking projects; and semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 30 practitioners working in the immigration or arts and cultural sectors, the scan includes strategic framing, case studies, and recommendations that lift up the incredible work already happening at this intersection while serving as a new resource for arts practitioners and immigration advocates alike.

To learn more about the ongoing partnership between ArtPlace and Welcoming America, visit www.artplaceamerica.org/immigration





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