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 21st annual United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) occurring in May 2018. 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 2018. 

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 Regenerative Community:

  • What can we do to care for ourselves and our community? How have our regenerative practices evolved and how are they vital to our sustainability?
  • What are historical traumas Asians and Pacific Islanders have faced and how have they shaped our history, our culture, and today? How are we as a community addressing these traumas and working towards a future of healing and restorative justice?
  • How do we renew and sustain our drive and passion to be artists, organizers, cultural workers, and community leaders in the face of oppression?

Find more info and details on our award levels on the USAAF 2018 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