The Art of Regional Change » Place


The Sacramento metropolitan area is a mosaic of diverse communities from around the globe. Refugees and immigrants from Eastern Europe and Mexico are two of the region’s largest populations. In 1987, President Reagan opened US doors to asylum seekers fleeing religious persecution in the former Soviet satellite countries. To date, approximately 100,000 Eastern European refugees have resettled in the greater Sacramento area.  Additionally, nearly 46,000 Mexican immigrant youth fleeing the economic hardship and violence spawned through drug trafficking, cross the border each year.  Many make their home in Sacramento.   Immigrant and refugee youth face staggering challenges such as linguistic isolation, racism, conflicting cultural expectations and intergenerational conflict.  After school media programs provide a way for youth to critically investigate their communities and identities.