Institute for Immigration Research


Immigrants, Art, and Entrepreneurial Outlook

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.  

A Celebration of the Contributions of Immigrant Artists as Entrepreneurs, May 2, 2016

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.  


broad picture of event    Diane and Monica


Doler and her artwork    Ernesto


The Art of Immigration: How Immigrant Artists Enrich America, October 19, 2016

MEI event

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.   

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