ARTS have the power to highlight the positive influence of immigrants on American life and promote the value of foreign-born and native-born communities working together creatively to create art and social change.
The Welcoming movement has been using creative Art expressions, such as the You're Welcome Campaign and the Movement4Massachusetts, to shift the dialogue on immigrants from one of fear-mongering to one of welcoming and to inspire and engage leaders in making their communities more welcoming places.
Read below the most recent Welcoming Art events and creative ideas!
Immigrants in New England: An Old American Tradition
This Traveling Welcoming Photo Exhibition by Mario Quiroz reflects immigrants' Contributions to Massachusetts.
Photographer Mario Quiroz traveled through Massachusetts and shot 35 rolls of black and white film documenting immigrants who wanted to share their images and stories with the people of MA.
"Art can bring a positive light to an issue that is present in every aspect of all our lives," Quiroz says. "We're talking about friends, neighbors, business partners, schoolmates, and members of our religious organizations. The subjects of these pictures believe that through photography they can deliver a message about their virtues and talents."
The opening receptions for the exhibit have been co-sponsored by Welcoming Massachusetts and their local committees and partners combining music, food and stories of immigrants on a conversation with the artist and the community.
Welcoming Quilt: a Mending Project
ArtCorps brings creative strategy to the welcoming movement
As part of National Welcoming Week, ArtCorps will facilitate a quilt-making activity in which participants shift from being strangers to being neighbors.
The kickoff of the Welcoming Quilt will take place on September 20, 2012 as part of Raising Spirits: ArtCorps’ Annual Fiesta, and will be followed by outreach events around the state throughout the coming year.
The Welcoming Quilt was inspired by Creative Activist Clara Wainwright’s “mending projects.” One of Clara’s signature projects is Mending Baghdad, a four and a half by six and a half foot quilt memorializing Baghdad as it looked during the American bombing on the first nights of the Iraq war. She intentionally left the quilt unfinished (the pieces were glued down but not stitched together) as a way for the public to symbolically “mend” Baghdad. “Mending Baghdad” workshops were held at the DeCordova Museum, the Cape Ann Museum and the Harvard Kennedy School, sparking reflection and dialogue.
We hope you will come to Raising Spirits to participate in the launch of this unique and timely community art-making activity. You can stay informed about future Welcoming Quilt activities and other opportunities to participate in welcoming activities around the state on the Welcoming Massachusetts calendar.