The issues of immigration, the causes of mass migration, the detention of women and children and unaccompanied minors seeking asylum are complex. FIESTA: Focus on Immigration Education and Stories Through the Arts provides resources for educators to counter the fear spread by myths and misunderstandings by empowering students to gain insights into conflicts, and creatively seek positive solutions. The arts are our portal.

We have compiled curriculum and artwork for the book Borders to Bridges: Creativity-Based Immigration Curriculum Guidebook and invite you to share your ideas, and pilot the lesson plans (see Summaries of Lesson Plans in the Borders to Bridges tab). If interested please contact Lynn for details: e-mail:; Focus on Immigration Education and Stories Through the Arts (FIESTA)

School is, of course, about skill attainment and filling the jobs our country needs, but school must also be about learning to get along with and listen to one another – across a wide range of differences… [O]ne of the most powerful ways of helping young people (and adults) understand and value differences is through the arts.

— Nathan, Linda A. (2017) When Grit Isn't Enough: A High School Principal Examines How Poverty and Inequality Thwart the College-for-All Promise. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. (pp. 165-166)