Summit – What Can We Do?

What Can We Do? Immigration Summit for Cultural Organizations and Follow ups

Along with the New Sanctuary Coalition and 70 other organizations, we asked the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to convene a summit on cultural organizations and immigration.

In the lead up to the summit in October, DCLA, Art Space Sanctuary and No Longer Empty co-organized Office Hours with the Commissioner on Thursday August 30, 2018:

The summit was held  on October 31 at Bric with over 250 people attending. The program appears below.

For follow up events please sign up. The first follow up event: organizing the Sanctuary Caravan with NSC.

The Sanctuary Caravan is an initiative led by the New Sanctuary Coalition in response to the exodus from Central America.


Program: What Can We Do? Immigration Summit for Cultural Organizations



Commissioners from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, President of BRIC, Art Space Sanctuary and No Longer Empty

Building the Society We Deserve through Art

How can we create safe, welcoming spaces for immigrant communities through cultural programming? In what ways can cultural organizations advance narrative, cultural, and policy shifts around immigration?

Speakers: Guido Garaycochea, Queens Museum; Mino Laura, Founding Executive Director of The People’s Theatre Project; Ben Ndugga-Kabuye, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; and Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, The Laundromat Project

Moderated by Noor Zafar, Nadine Strossen Fellow, National Security Project at ACLU

Our City, Our Culture: Legal Rights and City Resources in the Five Boroughs

Learn more about City programs and services available to immigrant New Yorkers, regardless of status; guidance to nonprofits regarding immigration enforcement and impacts to 501(c)(3) status; and legal frameworks and strategies for creating safe spaces.

Presenters: Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Jackie Vimo, National Immigration Law Center; Ravi Ragbir, New Sanctuary Coalition; and Kyle Barron, New York University Law

PechaKucha Presentations

James Tager, Deputy Director of Free Expression Research and Policy, PEN America

Therese Patricia Okoumou, Activist

Cinthya Santos Briones, Artist

Hasiba Haq, Arts & Democracy

Sol Aramendi, Project Luz, Artist

Sonia Guinansaca, CultureStrike

Isabelle Pinheiro, Witness

Closing Remarks

NOTE: Community resource table will be available for you to drop relevant materials on your organization’s programs or initiatives related to immigration to share with other attendees.

Refreshments will be served.

Language translation: Simultaneous translation will be provided in Spanish/English. We are able to provide other languages upon request. Please request additional language translation in your RSVP by October 29, 2018 to [email protected].

Access: BRIC has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place and an accessible, all-gender bathroom on the main floor. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available; please request in advance. For further information or requests regarding accessibility, please email [email protected] or call (212) 513-9376. Requests for additional accommodations should be made by October 29, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Transit Information

Closest MTA stops:

Atlantic Terminal and the Long Island Railroad (accessible)

B, Q, R to Dekalb Avenue (accessible)

2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins Street (not accessible)

C to Lafayette Avenue (not accessible)

G to Fulton Street (not accessible)

Directions via Bus:

B25, B26, B38, B52 to Fulton Street and Ashland Place

The Summit is co-organized by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Art Space Sanctuary, and No Longer Empty, and hosted by BRIC.


Tom Finkelpearl


NYC Department of Cultural Affairs