Photo: Bhutanese kira - Credit: Amber Dodge
This website was designed to generate awareness of entrepreneurial newcomer arts groups throughout North America, to advocate on their behalf, and to encourage discussion and collaboration among them.
Newcomers such as resettled refugees and immigrants bring their artistic skills and knowledge with them when they relocate to the US and Canada. They can benefit by having opportunities for creative self-expression and participation in the arts within their new communities. Participation in community arts projects can be the vehicle for newcomers to reinvent themselves and decide who they want to be going forward.
Unfortunately, the work that newcomer artisans do, along with the tireless efforts of employees and volunteers from numerous community organizations who support these artisans, often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. This website was designed to change that by bringing recognition and awareness to their work and demonstrating that arts groups make a significant contribution to the cultural vibrancy of the United States and Canada.
The content of this website is organized under the following sections:
About the curator
Amber Dodge is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability (MACS) program from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Amber resides in Jacksonville, Florida and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology degree from the University of North Florida in 2009. Amber has worked with refugees since 2008, both in Jacksonville as well as in Southeast Asia, in a variety of roles such as teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), cultural orientation, employment, and youth mentorship. At all times, she considers herself to be a cultural worker and an advocate for resettled refugees, especially women and youth.
The idea for a website that connects newcomer arts groups with each other is not new; it has been discussed by professionals in different forums for many years. Amber hopes that this website will serve as a resource for newcomer arts groups nationwide and generate dialogue and greater appreciation of these groups.
With special thanks to all of the individuals and groups who contributed to this website.
If you have any questions or comments about this website, please submit them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.