The EIIC Creatives

AN ARTS/IMMIGRATION SERVICES COLLABORATION FUNDED BY CREATIVES REBUILD NEW YORK

The EIIC Creatives are six accomplished artists who are the recipients of a two-year Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Employment Program grant to the Emerald Isle Immigration Center. As a collaborative team, these artists will lend their instrumental music, songs, visual arts, and filmmaking repertoire to complement and raise awareness about the immigration legal services and social services programs of the EIIC in the Bronx and Queens. The team includes West African multi-instrumentalist and singer Abdoulaye Alhassane Touré, Irish traditional singer/guitarist Mary Courtney, Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist Allen Gogarty, Peruvian American filmmaker Erika Gregorio Lopez, Chinese American blues musician and singer Jeff Lum, and Colombian painter Alejandro Pinzón.

As a 501c3 nonprofit which since its founding in 1988 by leaders of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement, the Emerald Isle Immigration Center has grown to serve immigrants of more than 100 nationalities, out of our offices located in Woodside, Queens and Woodlawn, in the Bronx. As artists in residence, supporting the EIIC’s mission, from July 2022 through June of 2024, the EIIC Creatives team will produce workshops, concert performances, exhibitions, and other arts events which help spread the word about EIIC.  More members of more immigrant communities, especially the newly arrived, will come to know that EIIC staff provide a wide range of immigration legal assistance and social services for immigrants, regardless of status.  Services include health insurance and primary healthcare access, food security support, mental wellness screenings, individual and group psychotherapy, wellness programs for seniors, as well as arts and cultural programs that celebrate the diversities of New York City’s immigrant communities.

Explore our website to learn more, or call to set up an appointment to discuss your needs, at 718-478-5502 (Queens) or 718-324-3039 (Bronx). You can also follow EIIC on Twitter @EIIC1 and Facebook @EIICNY.

You can help support the work of the EIIC, too, by spreading the word among your friends and family that these services exist in NYC free of charge.  To help sustain our programs and services, you can make a donation here.  You may also sign on to our EIIC Creatives programs mailing list so we can keep you up to date on upcoming programs by these wonderful artists.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Abdoulaye Alhassane Touré

West African multi-instrumentalist and singer Abdoulaye Alhassane Touré was well known as a standout Songhai (non-Tuareg northern Malian) live and studio musician and singer before he emigrated to New York City almost 20 years ago.  He cofounded the band Mama Kassey in Niger, toured globally, and his recordings remain highly sought after by aficionados of the Songhai singing and guitar style, both here in the U.S. and in West Africa. Abdoulaye now resides in the Bronx, New York with his family, whom the EIIC assisted when they sought to immigrate to escape political unrest in Mali in the early 2000s.  Read more about him and the musical traditions he represents, in this informative article by Banning Eyre on AfroPop Worldwide.

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Mary Courtney 

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Allen Gogarty 

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Erika Gregorio Lopez 

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Jeff Lum 

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Alejandro Pinzón 

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