Early in 2016, the IIR initiated a new research project with a focus on immigrant artists and the contributions they make to U.S. life. Our pursuit of this analysis focuses on understanding artists, in particular immigrant artists, and their outlook as entrepreneurs. The terms often used for entrepreneurs - innovative, flexible, dynamic, risk taking, creative, and growth oriented - characterizes artists not in the context of business, but rather in the arts. Through this primary area of emphasis we aim to learn from the entrepreneurial outlook of immigrant artists who create value for themselves and the communities in which they live.
In an effort to experience the contributions immigrant artists provide through their entrepreneurship, the IIR hosted its first celebration and launched its Friends of the IIR giving circle. This event is held yearly to capture and display the dynamic qualities of immigrants as innovative, creative, and productive members of society.