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    • Immigrant Movement International

    • Immigrant Movement International (IM) is a community space in the heavily immigrant neighborhood of Corona, Queens. Founded in 2011 as a partnership between artist Tania Bruguera and the Queens Museum, with support from Creative Time, the project, inspired by Bruguera’s notion of arte util, and the Queens Museum’s interest in addressing the pressing needs and unique potential of Corona’s immigrant residents, offers comprehensive educational programming, health, and legal services at no cost.  On any given week, more than a dozen free workshops are hosted at the project’s storefront on Roosevelt Avenue, including dance, nutrition, childcare, bicycle maintenance, construction safety, classical music, English language through art history, Spanish for Mandarin speakers, computer literacy, screen printing, immigration law, and counseling for women who are victims of domestic violence.   The space has also served as a hub for cultural organizing initiatives surrounding the social and political representation of immigrants at the local, national, and global level.

      In its first year, IM convened a think tank of academics, activists, politicians, and local organizers that culminated in the drafting of a Migrant Manifesto and an open call for pro-immigrant actions on December 18, 2011, recognized by the UN as International Migrants Day, which involved more than 200 artists worldwide. Year Two saw the explosive growth and regularization of the educational offerings at IM, as well as the space becoming a regular site for community meetings with elected officials and city agencies. Year Three is becoming the year of leadership development at IM, recognizing that a core group of community members, mostly the young and middle-aged mothers whose children participate in its programs, have become the lifeblood of the movement.  In Fall 2013, the group of 15 or so will be participating in an intensive leadership institute, which will culminate in an organizational restructuring of IM around this newly empowered core.

      Immigrant Movement International is supported by grants from The Kresge Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Toby D. Lewis Philanthropic Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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