Program: Arts in Health
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: General Support
Mekong NYC aims to improve the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services.
Purpose: To support arts programs that are part of Mekong NYC’s approach to community resilience, healing and activism.
The Illumination Fund provides general operating support for arts-based programs, including:
- Summer Intergenerational Program and its collaborative art projects, where art allows for different kinds of communication between youth and adults, giving them another way to express feelings, share experiences, and explore ideas. Art forms vary year to year, and have included photography, mural painting, podcasts, and mask-making.
- Southeast Asian Day of Resilience, which aims to promote collective healing through intergenerational dialogue between Southeast Asian community leaders and an evening reception featuring Southeast Asian artists’ work.
- Collaboration with Cambodian Living Arts, a Cambodia-based organization, by hosting artists in the US and cultivating relationships between Cambodian Living Arts and individuals who were deported from the US to Cambodia as part of the U.S. government’s immigration and refugee policy.
- Dance and music classes with youth and adults to share and sustain cultural traditions that build community cohesion and pride.