Immigration and the Arts

Law is Downstream from Culture.

Raices lookS to the arts to SPARK Conversations around immigration, justice, and humanity in order to TOUCH hearts and minds, and ultimately IMPACT immigration policies and practices.

Creative Partnerships


Personal storytelling as a form of activism Watch

The Facility

Powerful new documentary explores the dehumanizing immigrant detention system


World premiere of a new play that explores the rippling impact of mass deportations on families Watch

A Broken House

Award-winning documentary short profiles Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez as he recreates the home he left behind Watch

Staff Picks

Welcome Strangers
illustrates the harsh realities immigrants face and how one person can make an immense difference.
—Rhonda Rogers Armor, Director of Legacy Gifts
Immigration Nation
The series highlights the human toll of a broken immigration policy, with no one being spared, not even our war veterans
—Ulises Soler, Jr., Director of Corporate Relations
La Jaula de Oro
presents migrants as full, complex characters through the eyes of three determined Guatemalan teens on a dystopian trip
—Natasha Pizzey, Director of Video
The New American Gothic
this painting makes a strong statement about the working immigrant and highlights the cost of the American Dream
—Luz Varela, Legal Assistant; DOJ Accredited Rep
Curatorial Partners
“Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe is a Dominican, Bronx-raised community organizer, writer, and spoken word performer. Her work raises awareness around issues of race, gender, and migration. She is also developing the visual component of her work through the Define American Immigrant Creative Fellowship.”
– Bethany Wearden, Creative Programs Manager

Define American is a culture change organization that uses the power of narrative to humanize conversations about immigrants. Our advocacy within news, entertainment, and digital media is creating an America where everyone belongs. To learn more about the Define American Creative Fellowship and apply visit


Everyday, artists, content producers, and cultural organizations give their creative talents, influence, and other resources to the fight for liberty and justice for all immigrants and refugees.