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 held a celebration with friends from Studio PAUSE of Arlington and other members of the community.
The IIR and Middle East Institute co-hosted a discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the contributions immigrant artists make to the United States' cultural fabric and the challenges they face resettling and creating art in a new environment.
Click here to view the recorded discussion.