Homework #3

Just a few topics of interest for class.


Three decades of research confirm that well-implemented immersion in heritage language and culture improves language acquisition, enhances test performance, increases school retention and graduation rates, college entry, and increases parent involvement and cultural pride.

57% of Americans believe that immigrants improve the quality of the food, music, and arts in the United States—a number that has increased by 17% in the last 10 years.

Attracting tourists across the age spectrum is central to a community's tourism economy. Engagement in arts and cultural interests rate high for Millennials (73%), Boomers (64.8%), and Gen Xers (67.8%).

Children from immigrant and resident populations cohere best when barriers around language come down. Research shows that art making provides a common bridge and increases friendship, empathy, and mutual trust.

Immigrants who participate in culturally meaningful activities, including their indigenous arts, show improved psychological well-being, enhanced positive emotions and feelings, and deeper social connections with others.

A growing body of literature connects culturally-based tourism to "soft diplomacy," and highlights the strong links between cultural exchange and increased intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, political stability, and peacebuilding.

McCarty, T. and T. Lee. "Critical Culturally Sustaining/Revitalizing Pedagogy and Indigenous Education Sovereignty." In Harvard Educational Review, Spring 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2018 from…

McCarthy, J. “Americans More Positive About Effects of Immigration.” Retrieved on 11 April 2018 from….

Hargrove, C. (2014). Cultural Tourism: Attracting Visitors and Their Spending [Electronic version]. Washington, DC : Americans for the Arts. Retrieved 3 March 2018 from…

Lee, D. How the Arts Generate Social Capital to Foster Intergroup Social Cohesion. The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 43(1) 4-17. Statistics retrieved 16 May 2018 from summary found at…

Kim, J. et al. (2015) The importance of culturally meaningful activity for health benefits among older Korean immigrants living in the United States. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being. Retrieved 5 April 2018 from

Carbone, F. International Tourism and Cultural Diplomacy: A New Conceptual Approach Towards Global Mutual Understanding and Peace through Tourism. (2017) Tourism, 65(1), 61-74. Retrieved 15 May 2018 from


All Babies Must Cry is a song written by Sxip Shirley and served as the catalyst for a fundraiser to benefit immigrants and refugees. Sxip and Rhiannon Giddens covered the song and filmed a video in collaboration with RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant


New York

The #NoKidsInCages project began in NYC to raise awareness of the treatment of children at the borders and push the Keep Families Together Act. 24 locations in the city showcased cages with models of children inside while recordings of real audio

Conflict Kitchen


Conflict Kitchen serves cuisines from countries with which the United States is in conflict. It integrates food culture with programming that helps diners connect with the experiences of those often misrepresented and marginalized by the government

The Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation was established to further the unique cultural character and creative assets of the Roosevelt Row Artists’ District, to advocate for the continuing presence and role of the arts, particularly

She Never Dances Alone

She Never Dances Alone is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Museum

New York

A multi-channel video created specifically for the screens of Times Square, She Never Dances Alone (2019) is Gibson’s celebration of the Indigenous matriarchy, centering on the jingle dress dance, a powwow dance that originated with the Ojibewea tribe

With the Novel Voices: Distance Learning program, PMHU is launching the next phase of The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project - a project which was created in 2018 by the Carr-Petrova Duo (now an Ambassador Ensemble of PMHU) with the aim of giving voice


Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF)

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a Native-led, nonprofit, philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures nationwide.

Shakespeare in Prisons Network

The Shakespeare in Prisons Network (SPN) serves as a global forum for the prison and community arts practitioner community; promotes the production and study of the plays of William Shakespeare within prison and alternative settings; and advocates on a local, national, and international level on behalf of organizations engaged in arts programming for and by incarcerated and nontraditional populations.

The Asia-Europe Foundation

This wide-reaching, international foundation began commissioning research and case studies about arts and the environment in 2010. Now it has a robust set of publications, many exploring environmentally-related initiatives by cultural sectors in Asia, but which are applicable to similar issues anywhere.

The Arts & Social Impact Explorer was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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of the Arts + Social Impact Explorer