Museums, libraries and archives across the region are contributing this week to Refugee Week, a national programme of events encouraging a better understanding between communities.
There are 477 such amenities in the region which receive 24 million visits a year, making them more influential than many people might imagine.
Refugee Week events include an exhibition at North Shields Library of writing and poems by refugees, and family fun days on Saturday at Gateshead Civic Centre and in Mowbray Park, next to Sunderland Museum & Art Gallery, both featuring music and arts.
Newcastle City Libraries is using a mobile library today to transport information on citizenship and books in many different languages to Brighton Grove, a culturally diverse area of Fenham, Newcastle. Shruti Jain, senior development officer at MLA North East (the strategic development agency for museums, libraries and archives in the region), said the amenities it represents "collect and provide access to information to encourage learning, debate, enjoyment and understanding".
She said: "This understanding leads to more closely knit communities as existing members learn and appreciate new arrivals through collections, exhibitions and information and new arrivals learn about and appreciate their new home."
At Gateshead Civic Centre on Saturday Tyne & Wear Museums will launch a story collection called Same place, different beginnings.
It is the result of a project which has taken place over 10 months involving refugees, asylum seekers and local people on the Old Fold Estate in Gateshead.
The project was designed to stimulate discussion around museum collections and the result is this collection of stories about the people who have settled in the North-East from across the world.
It also includes examples of the work done by people who have attended creative workshop sessions.