APICC is proud to host Amoy Tayong Araw! We Smell Like Sunshine! as part of CHINATOWN: OUR FUTURE IS NOW! an outdoor showcase taking place at Portsmouth Square on May 30th, 2021 for the 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival: Forging Our Futures - SoMa & Chinatown.
APICC is also excited to showcase Amoy Tayong Araw! We Smell Like Sunshine! as part of the outdoor showcase at Kapwa Gardens in the SoMa on June 5, 2021 for USAAF 2021.
Amoy Tayong Araw! We Smell Like Sunshine! builds an archive examining the role of community power in anti-displacement organizing to advocate for our right to open and green spaces and sunlight. The project examines the multiracial, intergenerational, and cross-class grassroots efforts in protecting San Francisco SOMA's Victoria Manalo Draves Park, and Chinatown's Portsmouth Square Park, from encroaching luxury development, led by neighborhood-based organizations like SOMCAN (South of Market Action Network). Presently, the park remains unshadowed by towering buildings through the Prop K Sunlight Ordinance, passed in 1984 out of concern for building shadows and related ramifications impacting community health.
ABOUT THE PRODUCING ARTIST
Erina Alejo (@erinacalejo) is an artist, researcher, and educator who constructs archives on labor, displacement, family, and communal history. Their lens-based ethnographic works incorporate performativity, social practice, and public space to center care, community action, and cultural preservation through their experience as a third-generation renter in San Francisco.
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- A mass of people looking at the camera atop a grassy field, with a backdrop of trees and open sky. Youth and educators from FEC Galing Bata, YMCA, West Bay, United Playaz; staff and community part of SOMCAN, Bayanihan Equity Center, SOMA Pilipinas, Kultivate Labs, Bindlestiff, and more, with lawyer Sue Hester, celebrate the historic win of protecting Victoria Manalo Draves Park from a luxury housing development overshadowing the park. SOMA, April 23, 2019 at 3:40PM.
- A boy in a red long sleeve, Andrew, raises his arm towards the camera. Behind him is a group of people reaching for candy and prizes hanging from a raised bamboo grid-- they are playing a traditional Filipino party game called Pabitin. At Natoma Block Party by SOMCAN, SOMA, September 28, 2019.
- A girl, Maja, in a pink shirt and a pink sweater tied to her waist is running towards the frame. Behind her, a group of older kids are standing and watching an out of frame basketball game. They are all bathed in afternoon light with the backdrop of Cece Carpio's "Tuloy Po Kayo" mural for the Bessie Carmichael Filipino Education Center Middle School Campus, SOMA, spring 2017.
Victoria Manalo Draves Park
May 30, 2021 at 1pm - 6pm
June 5, 2021 at 2pm - 8pm
16 Sherman St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Google map and directions
745 Kearny Street between Clay Street and Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94108
976 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103