Love Letters to the US
A Bright Side project with Pilar Torcal



Love Letters to the US

When we first started Bright Side over a year ago, we simply wanted to highlight stories of immigrant artists who were making a difference in America. However, as we interviewed more and more of these beautiful, radiant, kick-ass creatives, we discovered that many of them have had to overcome the same kinds of challenges. We realized that most people only saw the success of these superstars, without understanding the trials they went through to get to where they are. We wanted to give U.S. citizens a glimpse into what it truly means to be an immigrant these days, but in a brief and eye-catching way.


That’s why we teamed up with Pilar Torcal, a stellar Brooklyn-based illustrator from Barcelona, to produce a set of cards, each one telling a different side of the immigrant experience.


We decided to call the project “From immigrants,” because think of each one as its own love letter to the people of the United States, from immigrants. ♥︎



A Big, Fat, Beautiful Wall

As a part of our "From Immigrants" campaign, we would like to build a wall with our most loved illustrations, in cities with large immigrant populations such as Miami, Los Angles, Chicago, and NYC. 
Let us know if you know an available mural in your city!
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The website is not meant for legal advice or services — we simply want to inspire a community where legal immigrants can connect.

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Fact #19: Everything is New

"I remember when I first came to the U.S. my family and I waited for 10 minutes at a crosswalk because we didn’t know you had to press the button to make the light change. Little things like that make you realize how every single thing around you is totally new. No one warns you about stuff like that, it just takes time to get used to.”