Each year, the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents between 20 to 30 different programs reflecting the artistic accomplishments and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s Pacific Islander and Asian American communities. USAAF showcases artists representing a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups and aims to heighten the visibility of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists work in all disciplines - theater, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts, and more! Our goal is to nurture and empower these groups to be self-sufficient while providing the support they need to grow. USAAF is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
This year’s theme, Civil Dis(place)ment, is in direct reference to a recently published study that alarmingly found more than 70% of surveyed artists in San Francisco experiencing displacement. A variation on civil disobedience, with the city’s rapidly shifting demographics, we want artists to explore the issues and narratives that speak to our diverse communities. - specifically how art, culture, and placemaking has subsisted historically and what art, culture, and placemaking look like for our communities today. Most notably, we want to highlight how artists are resisting the causes and consequences of displacement and how we as community members and organizers ensure a future where arts and culture in San Francisco will thrive.