The Art of Investing in Immigrant Hubs

Monday, October 15, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Rivo Alto

Organized by Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, executive director, Queens Council on the Arts; F. Javier Torres, senior program officer, The Boston Foundation; San San Wong, senior program officer in the arts, Barr Foundation.

What are the roles of local cultural identities and traditions in vitalizing communities? Immigrant ethnic hubs have long been naturally occurring sites of rich artistic and cultural production. With the current flow of immigration, the numbers are rapidly increasing and their character changing, yet little is widely known about the role of the arts and the community-based organic support systems that often exist parallel to the formal 501(c)3 arts sector. In this interactive session, participants will share challenges and successful strategies to support and elevate the artistic and cultural production taking place in immigrant hubs. Touch points include cross-sector partnerships, public-private funding partnerships, entrepreneurial and business development, community-driven cultural planning, and building sustainable arts organizations within ethnic hubs.