UNHCR’s partner Artscape celebrates the role of art and creativity in building connections for refugees and asylum-seekers in Lithuania.
Since Lithuania started receiving higher numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers, UNHCR’s partner, the social art agency Artscape, started thinking of new ways to help refugees integrate in their new communities.
Artscape’s so-called “Creative Missions”-project aims to help refugees build connections with the community based on art and creativity. Artists and volunteers visit reception centers to organize different kinds of creative workshops and activities.
“It was easier for me, through them, to connect with the community that is interested in creating a connection with people based on art and creativity”, says Farah, a refugee from Syria who came to Lithuania in 2016.
Artscape is also working with municipalities to strengthen integration and with the society to change the perception of newcomers through positive stories.
Learn more about Artscape and their integration work in this video, where you will meet Dharshan, a former asylum-seeker from Sri Lanka, Farah from Syria, and Rojin from Iraq.