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    APICC is proud to fiscally sponsor REALSOUL. Donations to REALSOUL can be made on this page through APICC as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

    Organizational Mission
    REALSOUL is a curriculum-based arts organization, founded in San Francisco. We develop creative offerings that shed light on the intersectional stories of Asian America and other BIPOC communities. We believe learning doesn’t stop in the classrooms, but continues in workplaces, living rooms, around campfires, and beyond.

    Our work aims to:
    1) Explore and share movements of solidarity between communities to create intentional discussion
    2) Develop safe spaces for intergenerational lifelong learning
    3) Empower and advocate through art and activism.

    About Director
    Born and raised on Ramaytush Ohlone land (now known as San Francisco), Katie Quan (she/her) is a third generation Chinese American. She is an artist, community advocate, curator, storyteller, and educator. Her comics and illustrations capture the multidimensionality of Asian America, exploring themes like self identity, mental health, and family. Her work has been exhibited at SF Zinefest, Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, A PLACE of Her Own, and Chinese Historical Society of America.

    In 2017, Katie co-founded Ithaca’s first Pan Asian American Film Festival, accompanied with panels, performances, and a diverse array of films. In 2022, she founded REALSOUL, a curriculum based organization that focuses on making Asian American stories intersectional and accessible to learners of all ages. She currently serves on the advisory board to the AAWAA and newsletter editor to the Square and Circle Club. In her free time, you can find her drawing, bouldering, or swatting gnats away from her indoor plants.
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    Support REALSOUL
    For check donations, please write checks to 'Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center' with 'REALSOUL' in the memo. Please include a return mailing address or email address to send the donation acknowledgement to.

    Send checks to the address below:

    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103