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Constant Immigration in the Bay Area

This week, Stamen is taking part in TAKE THIS HAMMER: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The show, curated by Christian Frock, will bring together works of designers, activists, and community organizations to highlight current themes of activism in a place with a long legacy of citizen participation.

Stamen is exhibiting a 12′ long map we have made especially for the show, Bay Area Immigration. It looks at the influx, over 150 years, of global populations to the Bay Area. It is a printed adaptation of our recent digital atlas, Foreign Born Map, that we made for the University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab.

Our American Panorama atlases, including Foreign Born, for the University of Richmond, digitize historical data on migration to and through the United States, including forced migration of slave populations through time, westward expansion on routes such as the Oregon Trail, and global immigrant populations as they changed over the last 150 years. This data sheds light not only on American history, but puts into new context issues that we are dealing with today.

We were asked to include a piece on immigration for Take This Hammer because of it’s relevance today. Looking at the continuous flow of immigrants from all every continent to the Bay Area adds perspective to conversations in the media about immigration right now. As Donald Trump talks about building a wall around the country, it’s important to remember that our borders have always been fluid, and immigration today is part of a long, historical narrative.

Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
March 11 — August 14

Published: 03.09.16
Updated: 09.20.22

About Stamen

Stamen is a globally recognized strategic design partner and one of the most established cartography and data visualization studios in the industry. For over two decades, Stamen has been helping industry giants, universities, and civic-minded organizations alike bring their ideas to life through designing and storytelling with data. We specialize in translating raw data into interactive visuals that inform, inspire and incite action. At the heart of this is our commitment to research and ensuring we understand the challenges we face. We embrace ambiguity, we thrive in data, and we exist to build tools that educate and inspire our audiences to act.