IAP Feature: Immigrant Heritage Month
NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring alumni of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring program hosted by Office for New Americans, in partnership with Immigrant Heritage Month.
The New York Department of State’s Office for New Americans will honor Immigrant Artists for contributions to New York immigrant heritage and culture during Immigrant Heritage Month.
The effort is part of a nation-wide kick off of Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants, past and present. The event will showcase immigrant artists’ visual art throughout June in the waiting area of the New York State Athletic Commission.
WHO: Jorge Montalvo, Deputy Secretary of State of New York for Economic Opportunity, Office of New Americans and New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program alumni Julio Austria (IAP ‘14), Sophia Chizuco (IAP ’13, ’14), Eleen Lin (IAP’10, ’15), and Suyeon Na (IAP ’14). Also, Tetsu Hiro, Cypher League Media and many other prominent leaders in the community.
WHAT: Proclamation from the Department of State during an Art Show displaying immigrant artists in support of #IAmAnImmigrant Campaign.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 PM
WHERE: NY State Athletic Commission 123 William St. New York 10038
Organizer and FWD Chapter Ambassador, Tetsu Hiro adds, “Cultural media is all about celebrating and passing on people’s stories, and stories have no borders. NYC, in particular, is a representation of a borderless culture, and one that has managed to become stronger because of it. We are grateful for the opportunity presented by ONA to kick off yet another exciting Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants, past and present. Please join us on June 8for the opening night of our month long art showing at ONA’s Financial District office.”
Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world and the ways in which America and the immigrants who have built our country are linked in a shared, productive history. Immigrant Heritage Month is organized by Welcome.us, a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Learn more about the campaign and Immigrant Heritage Month by visiting Welcome.us.
This story originally appeared in the ConEdison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter #81. Subscribe to this free monthly e-mail for artist’s features, opportunities and events here.
Image: Sophia Chizuco (IAP ’13, ’14), Landscape 0509-2