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Immigrants come to the United States of America from all over the world. They arrive as children and they arrive as adults. Some receive artistic training in the United States. Some seek artistic training in many countries. What they have in common is that they find the United States is the country where they want to express their talents. In 12 Immigrants Who Made American Arts Great, by Tristan Poehlmann, readers learn about writers, dancers, painters, sculptors, and a poet. They work in many different materials, photography, electronics, and paintings both huge and miniature. There will be a future book about artists in other fields, like music and drama.
You may have read Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet without knowing he was born in Lebanon but moved to the US when he was 12. You may have seen the orange gates in New York’s Central Park, but not know that the creators, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, were immigrants. He was born in Bavaria. She was born in Morocco. They met in Paris and moved to the US in 1964. They were undocumented immigrants until 1967. Michel Kouakou studied dance in Africa, Europe, and Asia, after which he developed his own unique choreography. Several of these artists have received MacArthur “Genius Grants.” All have enriched our lives. The United States is a nation of immigrants, a land of opportunity. Tristan Poehlmann's 12 Immigrants Who Made American Arts Great celebrates the creativity and freedom that has brought immigrants to the US from all over the world.