United States of Asian America Festival

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.

APICC will present the 20th annual United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) occurring in May 2017. Individual artists, arts groups, and arts organizations will produce full-length arts event productions (i.e., a minimum of 45 minutes of performance time) occurring within the city and county San Francisco during May 2017. 

Subject(s) of your program(s) and/or event(s) should focus on themes related to Pacific Islander and Asian American themes and culture, connecting specifically to this year’s theme of Threading Resilience:

- How has identity and visibility for APIs in art and politics evolved and where are themes of identity heading?
- What intersections and collaborations in art, identity, and politics have shaped, connected, and strengthened our communities amidst forces of oppression in mainstream culture and media?
- How have we utilized placemaking for our community throughout history and today? What will it take to ensure the collective survival of these spaces for future generations?

Find more info and details on our award levels on the USAAF 2017 page



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  • What a Wonderful, very nice 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.” #apicc