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MINI USA COLLABORATES WITH FIRST-GENERATION & IMMIGRANT ARTISTS TO TURN ICONIC MINI ROOFTOPS INTO WORKS OF ART.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - Today, National Immigrants Day, October 28, MINI announced it is unveiling a limited-edition collection of rooftops created in partnership with artists who are first-generation-Americans and immigrants, bringing their voices and stories to MINIs across the country.

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Through donations, MINI will support the American Immigration Council

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - Today, National Immigrants Day, October 28, MINI announced it is unveiling a limited-edition collection of rooftops created in partnership with artists who are first-generation-Americans and immigrants, bringing their voices and stories to MINIs across the country.

The commissioned custom art will be sold in the United States for a limited time as MINI rooftop customization options. Through donations, MINI will support the American Immigration Council to help further their mission. The Council is a nonpartisan, non-profit that believes immigrants are a vital part of our national fabric. MINI shares the belief that the U.S. is made stronger when we welcome immigrants and create communities where everyone feels like they belong.

“MINI is an act of self-expression, and its rooftops are its purest form,” said Mike Peyton, Vice President, MINI of the Americas. “For decades, rooftops have been canvases for drivers’ pride. They celebrate our backgrounds and our differences. MINI believes ‘we are all different, but we’re better together’.”

The following artists created work that speak to their diverse heritage and their experiences growing up in America:

  • Rich Tu is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn. He is a first-generation Filipino American who cares about culture and the future. Rich hosts “First Generation Burden,” a podcast that focuses on the intersection of immigrants and the creative community.
  • Shane Griffin, who goes by Grif, is an award-winning multidisciplinary visual artist and director from Dublin, based in New York. Most recently, he collaborated with Wiz Khalifa on his "Millions" video, and has worked with Adidas, Apple, Givenchy, Kanye West, Nike, and many more.
  • Shawna X is an independent artist and creative based in New York with Portland roots. She is known for her vibrant, visceral and graphical image-making across mediums in digital, spatial, and motion spaces. X is an homage to her Chinese name, Xiayun (Sia-yoon, translates into Summer Rue).

“Rich Tu, Shane Griffin, Shawna X, Pereira O’ Dell, and MINI's work on Big Love exemplifies the beauty and power that springs forth when you bring talented people together from all backgrounds in a spirit of collaboration," said Wendy Feliz, Director of the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council. “We are proud and fortunate to be the beneficiaries of this incredible effort and are eager to celebrate these artists and their work.”

MINI is a story of immigrants. Designed in 1959 by Alec Issigonis, an immigrant from Greece in the UK, MINI is now sold in 109 countries around the world and is a car that has been proudly owned by multiple generations, of nationalities and backgrounds, all of whom have made the brand uniquely their own.

This collaboration is part of MINI’s new brand platform Big Love — two little words with the power to inspire a world of positive action. The tagline is “We’re all different, but pretty good together.”

The commissioned custom art created by artists who are first-generation-Americans and immigrants will be featured in out-of-home murals in Brooklyn, New York; New York City’s SoHo neighborhood; and in Portland, Oregon.

Pereira O'Dell, a full-service bi-coastal creative agency, created and designed this new campaign. Pereira O’Dell has been MINI’s advertising agency of record since November 2017.

“Our agency is honored to work on this important campaign in partnership with MINI because we believe creating a more welcoming nation is one of the most important causes of our lifetime,” said PJ Pereira, Founder and Creative Chairman at Pereira O’Dell. “Thanks to our long-standing partnership with the Ad Council, we introduced MINI to the American Immigration Council. Like the American Immigration Council, our team believes that our nation is made better, stronger and more creative with the energy and skills that immigrants bring.”

National Immigrants Day was first celebrated on Oct. 28, 1987, the 101st anniversary of the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty. The annual observance has been a moving reminder that America is unique among the nations because we are the sons and daughters of every land across the globe.

About MINI in the US

MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented by a network of 111 MINI passenger car dealers located throughout the US. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of five unique vehicles, including battery electric and plug-in hybrid models.

About Pereira O’Dell

Founded in 2008 by Andrew O’Dell and PJ Pereira, Pereira O'Dell, is a full-service bi-coastal creative agency with offices in San Francisco and New York. Clients include Adobe, Cruise, Fifth Third Bank, Rakuten, MINI, Stella Artois, Corona, Intel, The Cheesecake Factory, and several brands under the General Mills umbrella. Pereira O'Dell has amassed over 100 respected Advertising and entertainment awards including numerous Cannes Lions, Clio’s, D&AD Pencils, Effie’s and an Emmy win. For more information, please visit: www.pereiraodell.com

About the American Immigration Council

The American Immigration Council (AIC) works to strengthen America by shaping how Americans think about and act towards immigrants and immigration. They work toward creating a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. AIC is also the sponsor of Belonging Begins with Us, a national campaign with the Ad Council that seeks to create a nation where everyone feels like they belong.

Journalist note: Media information about MINI and its products is available to journalists on-line at www.miniusanews.com.

In case of media queries, please contact:

Andrew Cutler

Head of Corporate Communications, MINI USA

201.307.3784

Andrew.Cutler@miniusa.com

Rob Duda

MINI USA News Bureau

908.347.1243

rduda@peppercomm.com

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