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  • Spring Quarterly Gathering

    Join us for a late afternoon get together on April 7th at SOMArts Cultural Center
    1) Just be around each other again
    2) Create a safe space for us to come together and talk
    3) Re-establish a collective voice
    4) Find out best ways to keep us all informed of things that affect us at the federal, state and local levels
    Please RSVP 
    April 7 2022
    SOMArts Cultural Center 
    4pm - 5:30pm

  • Asian American Arts Network of the Bay Area

     

    The Asian American Arts Network of the Bay Area serves individual artists and both fiscally sponsored and tax-exempt non-profit arts organizations located in the Bay Area's 9 County region. We currently provide services to artists and groups located in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties.

    The network will convene meetings to discuss issues facing the Asian American arts community, process and develop strategies towards positive change, and create a safe space for our community to gather and express ourselves.

     

    Home Page - California Arts Council


  • POSTPONED: Pickles! The Bindlestiff Kid Show

    NEW DATES: Sat, Nov. 12 and Sun, Nov. 13 @ 2PM
    Bindlestiff Studio

    Pickles! The Bindlestiff Kids Show is pouncing back! After being postponed from May 21-22, the show will now make its debut this November 12-13, 2022.


    Filipino American puppeteer Ramon Abad is directing a live, indoor stage show specifically designed for families and kids 5 years old and older called “Pickles! The Bindlestiff Kid Show”. Presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) as part of the 25th annual United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) this will be the first kids' show at Bindlestiff Studio that will be performed entirely with puppets!

    Ramon has commissioned three young kids to write original stories that a cast of Bindlestiff artists and puppeteers will bring to life. The playwrights are the children of past Bindlestiff artists and have shown a natural talent for storytelling! This show hopes to engage Bay Area children with the diverse culture and history that Bindlestiff offers and to encourage a new generation of theater artists..which seeks to advance the central theme of USAAF 2022’s “Generation of Power.”

    #PicklesTheBindlestiffKidShow #PicklesTheKidsShow

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Writers:

    Maharlika Soleil Ignacio
    Jojo Rosquites
    Mayari Duca

    Dramaturg:

    Li-Leng Au

    Puppeteers:

    Lindsay Ordesta a.k.a. LO
    Nicolette Dionisio
    Julie Kuwabara
    Yawen Chien
    Thomas Paras
    Chuck Lacson

    Musician:

    Joshua Icban

    Video Artist:

    Paulo Asuncion

    ABOUT RAMON ABAD

    Ramon Abad is a Filipino American puppeteer, artist, and teacher. Since the mid 1990s he has performed solo puppet shows at Bay Area Fil-Am festivals like UNDISCOVERED. He was a company member of “tongue in A mood” at Bindlestiff Studio and a puppeteer/designer with Larry Reed’s ShadowLight Productions.

    EVENT DATES

    NEW DATES: Sat, Nov. 12 and Sun, Nov. 13 @ 2PM

    WHEN
    November 12, 2022 at 2:00pm - November 13, 2022 at 2:00pm
    WHERE
    TBD
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • USAAF 2022 Calendar at a Glance

    Calendar of USAAF 2022 events organized by date:

     
     

    MAY EVENTS

     
     

    April 29, April 30-May 22

    Grow Our Souls
    Curated by Melissa Wang
    Opening/Festival Kick-Off: Fri, April 29, 6pm
    April 30-May 22 @ SOMArts Cultural Center

     

    May 1-7

    Bindlestiff Studio
    Kwento Times Staged Reading Festival
    Sun, May 1-7 @ Bindlestiff Studio

     

    May 1-June 26

    Angela Han Art LLC
    Realms of Courage: Celebrating Asian Women Composers
    Sun, May 1-June 26 on Zoom & YouTube

     

    May 14

    Generations of Power Showcase
    Sat, May 14 @ Japantown Peace Plaza

    12:00-12:15 Opening Introductions & Announcements
    12:15-1:00PM Sugilanon by Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
    1:00-1:50PM Love & Unity: Asian American Choreographer's Showcase curated by Claudine Naganuma
    1:50-2:40PM “Seh Kui: Community is In the Heart” by The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet
    2:40-2:55PM Return of the Sun by First Voice
    2:55-3:20PM Youth Rising by Leela Youth Dance Company
    After this, please join us in crossing the street (Post St) to Buchanan Mall for the next performance:
    3:30-4:00PM groundwater/chikasui 地下水 by tashi tamate weiss (Across Post St at Buchanan Mall)

    May 14

    Grow Our Souls
    Workshop by Trinh Mai
    May 14 @ SOMArts Cultural Center

     
      
    May 21-22

    Ramon Abad
    Pickles! The Bindlestiff Kid Show
    Sat, May 21-22 @ Bindlestiff Studio

     
    May 28

    KKSILOG
    Lumayo Ka Sa Araw (Stay Away From The Sun)
    Sat, May 28 @ Kearny Street Workshop

    May 14

    Vida Kuang & Carmen Chen x AAWAA's Emerging Curators Program
    Hella Tender
    Sat, May 14 @ SF Chinatown

     
    May 26

    SF Urban Film Fest x SOMA Pilipinas
    World Premiere of “Sa Amin”
    Thu, May 26 @ Kapwa Gardens

    JUNE EVENTS

     
     

    June 3 & 18

    Megan Lowe Dances
    Piece of Peace
    Fri, June 3 @ Studio B, ODC Dance Commons
    Sat, June 18 Online

     

    June 4

    GAPA Theatre + GAPA Men's Chorus
    Hearts & Minds
    Sat, June 4 @ Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor

     

    June 4

    Eth-Noh-Tec
    Wise Women
    Sat, June 4 on Zoom 

    June 5 & 10

    Macro Waves*
    breathe.io
    Sun, June 5 Opening @ SWIM Gallery
    Fri, June 10 Live Sound Event & Breath workshop

     

    June 9

    Alchemy and Twine Productions
    Searching for Kapwa: A Work-in-Progress Film Screening
    Thu, June 9 @ SF LGBT Center, Rainbow Room 

     

    June 9

    Lenora Lee Dance
    Convergent Waves: Boston
    Thu, June 9 @ Asian Art Museum 

     

    June 10-12

    Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
    18th Annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival
    Fri, June 10-12 @ Presidio Theatre
      

    June 10-11 & 17

    SAMMAY Productions
    ritual for thrivation no. 2
    Fri, June 10-11 @ ODC Theater
    June 17 Online

     

    June 11

    Kearny Street Workshop 50th Anniversary
    KSW50: To Imagine is to Exist Gala
    Sat, June 11, 5pm @ SF Mint

     

    June 30

    Asian Improv aRts 35th Anniversary
    Expansions // Horizons
    Thu, June 30, 6pm @ Asian Art Museum
       

     


  • USAAF 2022 Calendar

    Welcome to the online calendar for the 25th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Generations of Power! In celebration of API Heritage Month and the 25th anniversary of the festival, APICC is excited to present outdoor and virtual programming this MAY-JUNE, 2022.

    Festival events listed below are organized by type of presentation. All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST). Events with an asterisk (*) are featured artists of APICC and USAAF 2022. 

    ACCESSIBILITY

    Please check each event page for specific accessibility options and contact information.

     All in-person programs and events are wheelchair accessible. 
     ASL interpretation available at all festival events. 
    • For events hosted at the Asian Art Museum, please check their Accessibility page to see a full list of accommodations.
    • For any inquiries about specific programs or event locations, please reach out to [email protected]

    This online calendar is best viewed on a desktop computer. Click through each link or image for more details on each program.

    Click below to skip to a section:

     GROW OUR SOULS   •   25 YEARS OF USAAF   •   GENERATIONS OF POWER SHOWCASE   •   IN-PERSON & ONLINE EVENTS


    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Click above to view the full calendar of USAAF 2022 events organized by date.

    SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER


    KICK OFF THE FESTIVAL WITH GROW OUR SOULS 

    Kick off the festival with the opening to APICC's annual visual arts exhibition

    An art gallery with a large-scale film projection in which a geisha stands in the middle of a rainy street in a neon-lit and futuristic-looking setting, flanked by colorful (blue and gold) framed artworks on both sides.Grow Our Souls
    Curated by Melissa Wang
    April 30-May 22 @ SOMArts Cultural Center
    Opening/Festival Kick-Off: Fri, April 29, 6pm
    Workshop: Sat, May 14, 12pm

     
    Inspired by Grace Lee Boggs, whose philosophical call-to-action urges us to think dialectically about working in the service of “a higher Humanity instead of [a] higher standard of living,” Grow Our Souls engages thirteen artists in an ambitious conversation about labor in the context of U.S. imperialism and global capitalism. 

    The opening will feature a panel with Dr. Susette Min, the curator and exhibiting artists.


    Celebrating 25 Years of USAAF with Generations of Power

    APICC was founded in 1996 by representatives of five nonprofit arts groups, including Asian American Dance Performances, First Voice, Asian Improv aRts, the Asian American Theater Company, and Kearny Street Workshop, all of which were instrumental to organizing the first United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) in 1998.

    APICC is proud to celebrate 25 years of USAAF with these pivotal organizations, a few of which are also celebrating an anniversary of their own this year:

    Collage of Japantown artists, families and activists
    Youth Rising: World Wide Women Girls Festival - Three girls in purple costumes in the middle of a chakkar, a pirouette in Kathak, classical dance from North India.
    First Voice: Songs for J-Town
    Sat, Apr 23 @ Presidio Theatre

    World premiere of Emmy Award-winning jazz innovator, composer and performer Mark Izu’s Songs for J-Town

    Generations of Power Showcase
    Sat, May 14 @ Japantown Peace Plaza

    Featuring Asian American dance, music and poetry performances. (Scroll down for the full lineup)

    Photo by Anth Bongco. Audience members lift their hands towards a stage off camera. They are sitting on the floor of Kapwa Gardengs outdoors, and standing with their hands raised, with two blue tents standing in the background.
    A grid of photos featuring Melody Takata (photo by Crystel Hadley), Marina Fukushima (photo by Isak Immanuel), YiTing (Gama) Hsu & Hien Huynh (photo by Hoa Huynh)
    KSW50: To Imagine is to Exist Gala
    Sat, June 11, 5pm @ SF Mint

    Celebrate Kearny Street Workshop's 50 Year Anniversary!

    Expansions // Horizons
    Thu, June 30, 6pm @ Asian Art Museum

    Asian Improv aRts' 35th Anniversary Celebration Festival



    GENERATIONS OF POWER SHOWCASE

    APICC is proud to co-present the following artistic performances as part of the outdoor showcase taking place at the historic Japantown Peace Plaza on Sat, May 14, 12-4pm.

    RSVP HERE

    This showcase is free and open to the public.

    PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    12:00-12:15PM

    Introductions

    12:15-1:00PMWoman wearing 1930s style formal wear is reciting poetry. 

    Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
    Sugilanon

    1:00-1:50PM

    Curated by Claudine Naganuma
    Love & Unity: Asian American Choreographer's Showcase

    1:50-2:40PMThe Last Hoisan Poets, Photo by Megan Wong: The Last Hoisan Poets, Nellie Wong, Flo Oy Wong and Genny Lim, with smiles as warm as the vibrant golden yellow and orange roses bouquets that they hold in their hands, stand in front of the shiny speckled gray granite wall in San Francisco’s Union Square.

    The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet*
    “Seh Kui: Community is In the Heart”

     

    2:40-2:55PM

    First Voice
    Return of the Sun

    2:55-3:20PM Youth Rising: World Wide Women Girls Festival - Three girls in purple costumes in the middle of a chakkar, a pirouette in Kathak, classical dance from North India.

    Leela Youth Dance Company
    Youth Rising

    3:30-4:00PM
    Two white-masked formless beings with horns stare back toward the camera, with steam or water streaming upward from their eyes. They are framed by two white owls with wings spread, over a backdrop of a large blue and green snake. The illustration of the two beings is by artist Kia Guillaume, and the snake is by Japanese printmaker Hokusai.

    tashi tamate weiss
    groundwater/chikasui 地下水
    (Across Post St at Buchanan Mall)


    IN-PERSON & ONLINE EVENTS

    More programs and events from this year's festival artists!

    Kwento Times IRL Cast gathered around stands, acting out a reading.
    Bindlestiff Studio
    Kwento Times Staged Reading Festival
    Sun, May 1-7 @ Bindlestiff Studio
    Angela Han Art LLC
    Realms of Courage Composers Panels
    Sun, May 1-June 26 on Zoom & YouTube
    HellaTender: Mr. Ye of Chinatowns Stylers Art Gallery preparing a calligraphy scroll with wheatpaste
    Vida Kuang & Carmen Chen x AAWAA's
    Emerging Curators Program
    Hella Tender
    Sat, May 14 @ SF Chinatown
    Street scene from the 1970s in black and white, and below it is another street scene from the present day San Francisco's South of Market in color.
    SF Urban Film Fest x SOMA Pilipinas
    World Premiere of “Sa Amin”
    Thu, May 26 @ Kapwa Gardens
    Kim Acebo Arteche on the left sitting in a chair and Kim Requesto standing on the right standing posing for a photo.
    KKSILOG
    Lumayo Ka Sa Araw (Stay Away From The Sun)
    POSTPONED TO 2023!
    Megan Lowe Dances
    Piece of Peace
    Fri, June 3 @ Studio B, ODC Dance Commons
    Sat, June 18 Online
    Hearts & Minds graphic with event info using purple, red and dark pink colors of two heads that form a heart
    GAPA Theatre + GAPA Men's Chorus
    Hearts & Minds
    Sat, Jun 4 @ Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor
    Eth-Noh-Tec
    Wise Women
    Sat, June 4 on Zoom 
    A blue square flyer with white and gray graphics of abstract circle shapes that mimic movement through a blur effect center the image, with the text at the top right that reads, \
    Macro Waves*
    breathe.io
    Fri, June 5-17 @ SWIM Gallery
    Alchemy and Twine Productions
    Searching for Kapwa: A Film Screening
    Thu, June 9 @ SF LGBT Center, Rainbow Room 
    Lynn Huang and Johnny Nguyen leap off the ground with their arms and legs apart. They are both wearing red and gray clothes in front of a white and brow brick building. Photo by Robbie Sweeney.
    Lenora Lee Dance
    Convergent Waves: Boston
    Thu, June 9 @ Asian Art Museum 
    Sapphic Sunday by Sarah Drepaul. A fat Tamil-American woman in a red dress and South-Indian gold jewelry caresses a white transgender woman in a lavender dress.
    Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
    18th Annual International Queer
    Women of Color Film Festival

    Fri, June 10-12 @ Presidio Theatre
     
    SAMMAY wearing a white dress, posed with arms down and palms facing outward, her hair flowing in the wind and partially covering her face
    SAMMAY Productions
    ritual for thrivation no. 2
    Fri, June 10-11 @ ODC Theater
    June 17 Online
    Large light blue flag displays the main title of event in large letters: \
    Ramon Abad
    Pickles! The Bindlestiff Kid Show
    Sat-Sun, Nov 12-13 @ Bindlestiff Studio
    (Originally postponed from May 21-22)
     

    #USAAF2022 #GenerationsofPower

    APICC STAFF

    Vinay Patel, Executive Director
    Melanie Elvena, Artistic Director
    Diana Li, Programs & Communications Manager
    TJ Basa, Programs & Communications Assistant

    APICC BOARD

    Janey Madamba, Board Member
    Yukiya Jerry Waki, Board Member
    Pamela Wu Kochiyama, Board Member


    USAAF 2022 JURORS

    Aureen Almario, educator, artist and Artistic Director for Bindlestiff Studio
    Ravi Chandra, San Francisco based M.D. psychiatrist, writer and compassion educator
    Yukiya Jerry Waki, spoken word artist, writer, creator and host of The Buffet Show podcast

    USAAF 2022 Designs by ARC & TYPE

    Thank you to all of APICC's partners:

                 

       
            
              
     

    Thank you to all of APICC's funders:

           

                             

     

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  • Bay Area Arts Together

    APICC has joined forces with over 100 arts and cultural organizations from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to create #BayAreaArtsTogether to welcome you back to in-person performances, exhibits, and events, with the safety and health of staff, performers, and visitors at the forefront.

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  • USAAF 2022

    UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2022

    GENERATIONS OF POWER

     
    The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces and celebrates the 25th Annual
    United States of Asian America Festival.

    Each year, the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents up to 20 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 working 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. 

    This year’s USAAF is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation and startsmall

    In celebration of USAAF and APICC's 25th Anniversary, this year’s theme, Generations of Power, explores the following:

    • How can we harness the legacies of power that have been built to (re)tend the soil, seeds of yesterday and tomorrow for AAPI communities?
    • How is AAPI power rooted in cultivating solidarity among our BIPOC communities and how do our communities intersect?


    Photo by Marie Fontejon: Singers on the TNT SideCaraoke mic belt out the last song of the evening at the USAAF 2021 event at Kapwa Gardens. 

    Click below to skip to a certain section:

    USAAF 2022 CALENDAR   •   FESTIVAL ARTISTS   •   WORKSHOPS   •   CALL FOR PROPOSALS (NOW CLOSED)


    USAAF 2022 CALENDAR

    Click to view the FULL CALENDAR or the full list of events organized by date on the CALENDAR-AT-A-GLANCE and sign up to volunteer!

    FULL CALENDAR   •   CALENDAR-AT-A-GLANCE   •   SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER


    FESTIVAL ARTISTS

    APICC is proud to announce the names of the artists participating in the 25th annual United States of Asian America Festival:

     
    Alchemy & Twine Productions
    Angela Han Art LLC
    Bindlestiff Studio
    Caroline Cabading
    Eth-Noh-Tec
    GAPA Theatre
    KKSILOG
    Leela Youth Dance Company

     
    Macro Waves
    Megan Lowe Dances
    Ramon Abad
    SAMMAY
    SF Urban Film Fest
    tashi tamate weiss
    The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet
    Vida Kuang & Carmen Chen (AAWAA)

    Artists and programs in this year's festival were selected by a panel of jurors including:

    Aureen Almario, educator, artist and Artistic Director for Bindlestiff Studio
    Ravi Chandra, San Francisco based M.D. psychiatrist, writer and compassion educator
    Yukiya Jerry Waki, spoken word artist, writer, creator and host of The Buffet Show podcast

    Stay tuned for program and events produced by these artists to take place in celebration of API Heritage, this May-June 2022!


    PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

    Available to all artists and producers participating in USAAF 2022, workshops are also free and open to the public to register.
    Click each workshop link below to register and learn more (all times are Pacific Time):

    Budget & Fundraising
    Wednesday, January 19 @ 6pm

    Marketing & Publicity
    Monday, January 31 @ 6pm

    Hybrid Programming
    Monday, February 14 @ 6pm

    Taxes for Artists
    Monday, March 14 @ 6pm

    Land Acknowledgements
    (Formerly the Indigenous Protocol workshop, postponed from February)
    Monday, March 28 @ 6pm

    ASL interpretation and live automatic captions will be available via Zoom for all remaining workshops.

     


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW CLOSED

     
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE
    Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11:59PM PST

    Interested in applying next year? Review this year's Submission Guidelines below:

     

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    Individual artists, art groups, and art organizations are welcome to submit applications for art events occurring in May-June 15, 2022.

    FESTIVAL THEME

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

    • How can we harness the legacies of power that have been built to (re)tend the soil, seeds of yesterday and tomorrow for AAPI communities?
    • How is AAPI power rooted in cultivating solidarity among our BIPOC communities and how do our communities intersect?
     
    USAAF SUPPORTS

    All mediums of art and culture (e.g., theater, storytelling, stand-up comedy, dance, performance art, solo performance, literary, panel discussion, music, visual art exhibition, performance poetry, film, spoken word, variety showcase, multimedia productions, multi-art productions, etc).

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

    • Pacific Islander and/or Asian American artists must be centralized within the artistic creation process, and constitute a majority of participating artists.
    • Lead producing artist(s) must be based in the Bay Area (if outside Bay Area, contact Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected] to assess participation).
    • Lead producing artist(s) must be over 18, but artists participating in the program can be all ages.
    • Lead producing artist(s) must demonstrate the ability to produce their own event (i.e., including managing and executing all production, creative, technical, promotional, etc. responsibilities).
    • Events must occur in May through June 15, 2022.
    • Agree to attend APICC’s professional development workshops (it is highly recommended that you attend all workshops, dates listed below).
    • Be able to meet all marketing and artistic deadlines (see below).
    • Be a legal resident of the United States (if you are not a legal US resident, contact Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected] to assess participation).
     
    USAAF DOES NOT FUND
    • Benefits and fundraisers.
    • Events not open or accessible to the general public. 
     
    LEVELS OF SUPPORT

    This year's award categories and levels of support have been adapted with consideration of health and safety guidelines around public gatherings at this time. 

    Click here to review the new award levels and the types of events that will be supported.

    DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FORMAT

    ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE AT 11:59PM PST ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021. No late submissions will be accepted. All files must be submitted through the online submission form.

    If you have any problems with the submission form, please contact APICC's Artistic Director Melanie Elvena directly at [email protected]. No phone, post-mail, or in-person submissions will be accepted. Incomplete or incorrectly formatted submissions will also NOT be accepted.

    Students and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

    APPLICATION CHECKLIST

    It's recommended you draft your proposal on a separate document before submitting it through the application.

    Click here to view a checklist of important items required to submit through the application.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    1:1 Application Workshops – Available until November 19, 2021 (sign up below)
    Application Deadline – Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11:59PM PST
    Artists Notified – Week of December 20, 2021

    For selected producing artists:
    Mandatory Orientation – Thursday, January 6, 2022
    Contract Deadline – Thursday, January 6, 2022
    Marketing Copy Deadline – Friday, February 25, 2022
    Workshop Dates – January-March 2022 (Specific Dates TBD)
    Festival Kick-Off – Friday, April 29, 2022 (Open to the public)

    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED 

     
    APPLICATION WORKSHOPS 

    One-on-one application workshops were available by appointment via Calendly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until November 19, 2021


  • USAAF 2022 Application Checklist

    When filling out the USAAF 2022 online application, please make sure to have prepared:

    ARTIST/GROUP INFORMATION

    • Name of Artist/Group
    • Contact Name (If different from Artist/Group name)
    • Phone Number
    • Email
    • Mailing Address
    • Website
    • Links to Social Media Profiles
    • Whether or not you have participated as a producing artist in USAAF before
       

    EVENT INFORMATION

    • Name of Event
    • Type of Event (Check all that apply)
    • Event Length & Duration
    • Event Date(s)
    • Award level you would like to be considered for your event (Self-Produced Virtual, Self-Produced In-Person, Co-Presented Outdoor Performance, Co-Presented Outdoor Production, Promoted)

    SHORT EVENT DESCRIPTION

    In 200 words or less, describe your proposed event including the event title, type of event, topic explored, and number of anticipated artists and audience members. As an example, “This proposal requests $(AMOUNT) to support (TITLE), a (TYPE OF EVENT i.e., performance piece, literary reading, exhibition, etc.) exploring (TOPIC) and featuring (NUMBER OF ARTISTS) artists that will attract an estimated audience of (ESTIMATED AUDIENCE NUMBER).”

    PROJECT PROPOSAL

    In 500 words or less, please:

    1. Describe the public event or program that you plan to showcase and your plan to promote and publicize it
    2. Explain how the subject(s) of your program(s) and/or event(s) focus on themes related to Pacific Islander and Asian American themes and culture
    3. Explain how this work is connected to this year’s theme - Generations of Power:
      • How can we harness the legacies of power that have been built to (re)tend the soil, seeds of yesterday and tomorrow for AAPI communities?
      • How is AAPI power rooted in cultivating solidarity among our BIPOC communities and how do our communities intersect?

     
    BUDGET

    • Please provide a budget for your event/program outlining proposed income and expenses. Feel free to use this Budget Template and Sample Budget.
    • Include any additional income sources such as current and/or pending grants, fundraising campaigns, etc.
       

    GROUP OR ARTIST BIO & RESUME/CV

    Please provide relevant proof of capacity to successfully produce a well-organized and well-attended cultural event or performance similar to that which is being proposed in the form of:

    • Biography
    • Resume/CV including an exhibitions, performances, productions, etc.
    • Sizes of Audiences for various past performances


    GROUP/ARTIST STATEMENT

    In 500 words or less, tell us about your mission, values, philosophy, modes of creation and/or collaboration, artistic inspirations, etc.

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT MATERIALS

    Please provide minimum 3 additional support materials or work samples that will be useful for the selection committee to get to know your work and your ability to produce well-organized, well-attended events featuring skillful art or meaningful discussion. We will accept:

    • High quality images of your work and past events. Please upload up to 3 high resolution images in .jpg or .jpeg format. The images must be at least 4”x6” or 6”x4”. You may also provide a link to your online portfolio.
    • An excerpt of your script or literary excerpt. Please upload files in .doc or .pdf format that are no more than 3 pages in length.
    • Links to online video clips of your work. Please provide online links to high quality videos that are 3 minutes in length or less. You may also provide video clips with notated time segments in the "Special Instructions" for the selection committee to review. For password protected videos, please provide a guest password in the "Special Instructions".
    • Press coverage in the form of full articles about your work.
    • Reviews and Testimonials from audience members or other credible sources.

     


  • USAAF 2022 Award Levels & Eligibility

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

    • Pacific Islander and/or Asian American artists must be centralized within the artistic creation process, and constitute a majority of participating artists.
    • Lead producing artist(s) must be based in the Bay Area (if outside Bay Area, contact Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected] to assess participation).
    • Lead producing artist(s) must be over 18, but artists participating in the program can be all ages.
    • Lead producing artist(s) must demonstrate the ability to produce their own event (i.e., including managing and executing all production, creative, technical, promotional, etc. responsibilities).
    • Events must occur in May through June 15, 2022.
    • Agree to attend APICC’s professional development workshops (it is highly recommended that you attend all workshops).
    • Be able to meet all marketing and artistic deadlines (see 'Important Dates' on USAAF 2022 page).
    • Be a legal resident of the United States (if you are not a legal US resident, contact Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected] to assess participation).
       

    LEVELS OF SUPPORT

    Featured Events and the annual visual arts exhibition are proactively selected through internal APICC processes.

    Artists or groups are encouraged to apply to USAAF within one of the following four (4) levels of support:

    PROMOTIONAL EVENT

    For artists, groups, or organizations who primarily (or only) need promotional assistance.

    • Artists self-produce virtually broadcasted events
    • APICC provides online promotional support only
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation

     
    SELF-PRODUCED VIRTUAL EVENT

    For producing artists, groups or organizations who would prefer to produce an online event from their own space.

    • Artists self-produce event in their own space to be broadcasted virtually
    • Artists responsible for finding their own technical staff
    • APICC provides promotional support and virtual account platform upon request (Zoom Pro and potentially other online streaming platforms)
    • APICC provides venue for streaming at Bindlestiff upon request
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation
     
    $2000 total award in artist and tech/production fees to selected producing artist

     
    SELF-PRODUCED IN-PERSON EVENT

    For producing artists, groups or organizations who would prefer to produce an event with an in-person audience and a virtual livestream or recording.

    • Artists self-produce event at a physical venue with an in-person audience
    • Artist may choose to broadcast event virtually or release a recording following the event
    • Artists responsible for finding their own technical staff
    • APICC provides promotional support and virtual account platform upon request (Zoom Pro and potentially other online streaming platforms)
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation

    $4000 total award in artist, tech, venue and production fees to selected producing artist

     
    CO-PRESENTED OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE

    Artists, groups or organizations interested in presenting a pre-produced 15-20 minute performing arts piece at an outdoor showcase presented by APICC may apply for this category.

    • Artists produce and present a 15-20 minute performance at an outdoor showcase produced by APICC
    • Performing arts piece may involve dance or movement work, literary reading, music or concert set or any other type of pre-produced artistic presentation suited for an outdoor presentation
    • Outdoor venue/APICC will provide technical staff and support
    • APICC provides promotional, documentation and box office support

    $1000 total award in artist fees to selected producing artist
     

    CO-PRESENTED OUTDOOR PRODUCTION

    Artists, groups or organizations interested in producing their own 45-60 minute program at an outdoor showcase presented by APICC may apply for this category.

    • Artists produce and present a 45-60 minute program at an outdoor showcase produced by APICC
    • Outdoor venue/APICC will provide technical staff and support
    • APICC provides promotional, documentation and box office support
     
    $3000 total award in artist, tech/production fees to selected producing artist

  • Memory, Meaning and Memoir

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS

    Language is not an instrument for exploring the past, but rather a medium.
    -Walter Benjamin

    The purpose of art is to discover something new in the midst of everyday life. Art creates a space for our human sensibilities to open up and it is the task of the writer to maintain a sense of surprise at what he or she learns in the process of writing. Writing is ritual. It’s the process of summoning up the courage to uncover the elusive truths in our stories, which like stars, are always there, but which often remain hidden, obscured or forgotten, until the spark of our imagination and memory illuminate them. The craft is to clear away the smoke and fog of distracted thinking in order to allow our stories to emerge and speak to us and through us. It is through the archaeology of self-discovery and the moral honesty, clarity and objectivity of our voices that we come to know the past in light of the present. That is the transformative and healing power of writing.

    Facilitated by Genny Lim, these weekly workshops provide a communal and open space for the mutual sharing, encouragement and support of our workshop participants’ stories and poems with respect and discretion for confidentiality. Weekly writing prompts and exercises will be given to initiate the writing process and to keep the creative juices flowing. All levels are allowed. The main requirement is that you be open to the organic approach and nature of the class, given the technical limitations of online classes.

    ABOUT GENNY LIM

    Photo by Leon Sun.

    Genny Lim is San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate emeritus. Her most poetry-music collaboration, Don't Shoot! A Requiem in Black, dedicated to Black Lives Matter premiered at SF Jazz Center in April 2018 with musicians Marshall Trammell, Francis Wong, and rap artist, Equipto. Lim has collaborated with such jazz legends as Max Roach, Herbie Lewis, Olatunji, Eddie Marshall and Bay Area musicians, Broun Fellinis, John Santos, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Francis Wong and Jon Jang. She has appeared at U.S. jazz festivals in the U.S. and toured Venezuela, Italy and Bosnia as a visiting international poet and performer.

    Lim's award-winning play Paper Angels, was the first Asian American play aired on PBS’s American Playhouse in 1985 and has been produced throughout the U.S. and in Canada and China. She is author of five poetry collections, Winter Place, Child of War, Paper Gods and Rebels, KRA!, La Morte Del Tempo, and co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island (Lai, Lim, Yung), which won the American Book Award. In 1990, U.C. Santa Cruz dedicated Oakes Hall to be renamed (Maxine)Hong-Lim Hall for Cultural Contributions to the Asian American Community. As SF Arts Commissioner from 1991-1995, Lim helped establish Writers Corps and Grants for the Arts under the auspices of SFAC. She is a current board member of Before Columbus Foundation, which presents the annual American Book Awards.

    She has taught writing and performance classes for over forty years from SF State University, UC Berkeley, University of Creation Spirituality and New College of California to Japanese Community and Cultural Center of Northern California, where she has taught the Seniors Asian American Writing classes for over ten years, producing two class anthologies, From Both Shores and the upcoming, Window: Glimpses From Our Storied Past, soon to be released this fall with Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.

     

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    Press Content for the United States of Asian America Festival 2020

    USAAF 2021 Press Release

    SF CHRONICLE DATEBOOK

    Asian Americans forge the future in annual San Francisco festival
    Brandon Yu - April 29, 2021

    ‘Sowing Agency’ pays homage to Bay Area Asian Americans fighting climate change
    Jessica Flores - April 30, 2021

    Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the Bay Area
    Yoshi Kato - Updated May 5, 2021

    LOCAL TV NEWS

    Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
    News Segment (Watch at 10:00) - May 30, 2021

    Documentary honors San Francisco community heroes who stepped up during pandemic
    KTVU FOX 2, Debora Villalon - June 11, 2021 

    FEATURES

    What Can the Environmental Movement Learn From Asian American Art?
    Aaron Mok, Sierra Magazine - May 18, 2021

    Kim Requesto Explores the Possibilities of Philippine Folk Dance in YUGTO
    Stephanie Gancayo - May 27, 2021

    CAAMFest 2021 - Legacy and Lineage with Director Laura Paule and Producer Melanie Elvena
    BitchTalk, EP 573 - May, 2021

    New ‘Lunchbox Moments’ Zine Offers One Antidote to Anti-Asian Racism
    Luke Tsai, KQED Arts - June 3, 2021

    ‘Sowing Agency:’ Uplifting AAPI voices in the Environmental Justice Movement
    Zoe Binder, San Francisco Foghorn - May 6, 2021

    LISTINGS

    Arts Forecast: Holy smokes, I went to a show. And ate inside a restaurant!
    Marke B., 48 Hills - May 4, 2021

    Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with dance, music, zines and the history of sugar
    Amelia Williams, Bay City News Foundation, Local News Matters Bay Area - May 11, 2021

    22 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.17.21)
    Chloe Saraceni, 7x7 - May 15, 2021

    Sights and Sounds: Rachel Lastimosa, SOMA Pilipinas Art and Culture Administrator
    Jenee Darden, KALW - May 20, 2021

    Arts Etc.
    Alan Chong Lau, International Examiner - May 21, 2021

    Artists Create Virtual Gallery to Inspire Climate Joy
    Maz Ali, EarthJustice - May 28, 2021

    24th Annual USAAF
    SF/Arts - May, 2021

    Invisible Traces: SF Chinatown
    SF/Arts - June, 2021


  • USAAF 2021 Festival Recap

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    PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

    SF CHRONICLE DATEBOOK

    "Asian Americans forge the future in annual San Francisco festival"
    Brandon Yu - April 29, 2021

    "‘Sowing Agency’ pays homage to Bay Area Asian Americans fighting climate change"
    Jessica Flores - April 30, 2021

    "Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the Bay Area"
    Yoshi Kato - Updated May 5, 2021

    LOCAL TV NEWS

    Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
    News Segment (Watch at 10:00) - May 30, 2021

    Documentary honors San Francisco community heroes who stepped up during pandemic
    KTVU FOX 2, Debora Villalon - June 11, 2021 

    48 HILLS

    "Arts Forecast: Holy smokes, I went to a show. And ate inside a restaurant!"
    Marke B. - May 4, 2021

    SIERRA CLUB

    What Can the Environmental Movement Learn From Asian American Art?
    Aaron Mok - May 18, 2021

     

     

     



  • SAMMAY Productions

    Organizational Mission

    SAMMAY (Spiritually Awakened Matriarchal Magick Alchemizing You) Productions' mission is to highlight intercultural performance and exchange as a vehicle for collective healing and liberation. Through workshops, presentations, and dialogue - SAMMAY Productions provides accessible opportunities for the San Francisco BIPOC community to engage with creativity and critical inquiry rooted in ancestral wisdom and radical imagination. Urban x Indigenous is a centerpiece program that celebrates artivists, healers, and culture keepers in the intersections of decolonization and re-indigenization in the Bay Area and beyond. SAMMAY Productions centers indigenous practices and contemporary rituals for the healing of humanity and the preservation of Earth.

    Director Bio

    Sammay Dizon aka SAMMAY (she/they/siya) is a Filipinx interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, filmmaker, and cultural producer of Bikol, Kapampangan, and Ilokano descent who bridges the traditional and contemporary in centering embodied storytelling as a vehicle for collective healing and liberation. Through multimedia dance theatre, she invokes rituals for remembering and decolonizing - creating to honor the tapestry of indigenous epistemologies embedded in our urban landscapes. Raised in LA County/Tongva Land and a settler in San Francisco/Yelamu, her practice is rooted in the fundamental knowing that dance is the medium that connects the earth and ancestral realm - the passageway to transmute intergenerational trauma across cultural lines and geographical borders.

    Dizon has been featured through Bindlestiff Studio, Dance Mission Theater, and Eastside Arts Alliance among others. In 2015, she founded annual intercultural multidisciplinary arts festival Urban x Indigenous (UxI) to collectively realize the potentialities within and through our indigenous traditions and urban contemporary landscapes. Dizon continues to expand UxI’s endeavors within the global indigenous community through critical dialogue, workshops, and public art presentations centered in intercultural and intergenerational exchanges through an intersectional framework.

    Dizon was the first ever Featured Festival Artist for the annual United States of Asian America Festival presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center in 2018 and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from CounterPulse, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and American Conservatory Theater among others. Dizon holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology and minors in Dance & Performance Studies and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley. Presently, she is a Core Member of acclaimed street dance theatre company Embodiment Project and Chair of Dance for Balay Kreative, a future Filipinx American cultural arts center in San Francisco. To follow her journey, visit www.sammaydizon.com.

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  • USAAF 2021 Calendar at a Glance

    Calendar of USAAF 2021 events organized by date in descending order.

    MAY EVENTS

    WEEK 1

    Friday, April 30 - Sunday, May 23

    APICC x AAWAA
    Sowing Agency
    SOMArts Cultural Center and Online

     

    WEEK 2-3

    Friday, May 7 @ 6pm - Saturday, May 15

    URBAN x INDIGENOUS
    UxI 2021: Between Worlds

    Online

     

    Thursday, May 13 - Sunday, May 23

    APICC x CAAMFest
    Legacy & Lineage Screening & Q&A

    Online

     

    Sunday, May 16 @ 2pm

    Genny Lim*
    Memory, Meaning and Memoir

    Online

     

    WEEK 4

    Saturday, May 22 @ 2pm

    The Last Hoisan Poets & the Del Sol Quartet
    Angel Island Insight

    Online

    WEEK 5

    Saturday, May 29 @ 2pm

    Kim Requesto
    YUGTO

    Online

     

    Saturday, May 29 @ 7pm

    Lauren Andrei Garcia
    Kilig Girl: A Prologue
    Online

     

    Portsmouth Square, May 30, 2021

    Melody of China

     

    Francis Wong Trio

     

    Michael Warr and Chun Yu

     

    Jon Jang & Paul Flores*
    Never Again Now!

    Macro Waves
    Altar-N8 Realm: Chinatown

    Audrey Thao Berger & Noah Wang
    All That We Hold

    Megan Lowe Dances
    Maw Jaw

    Michael Arcega and Paolo Asuncion
    TNT SideCaraoke

    Erina Alejo
    Amoy Tayong Araw! We Smell Like Sunshine!

     


    JUNE EVENTS

    WEEK 6

    Kapwa Gardens, June 5, 2021

    SOMA Pilipinas*
    Liwanag 3 - Book Launch

    Michael Arcega & Paolo Asuncion
    TNT SideCaraoke

    Erina Alejo
    Amoy Tayong Araw! We Smell Like Sunshine!

     

    WEEK 7

    Wednesday, June 9 @ 7pm

    The Rooted Recipes Project*
    Rooted Recipes Project x Forging Our Futures
    Online

     

    Thursday, June 10 @ 6pm

    Harvey Lozada
    IT TAKES THE HOOD TO SAVE THE HOOD

    Online

     

    Friday, June 11 @ 6pm

    Johnny Huy Nguyen
    Minority Without A Model
    Online

     

    Friday, June 11 @ 7pm - Sunday, June 13

    QWOCMAP
    17th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
    Online

    WEEK 7 (Continued...)

    Saturday, June 12 @ 2pm

    dNaga
    Invisible Traces: SF Chinatown
    Online

     

    Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 @ 5pm

    Eth-Noh-Tec*
    If We Only Knew
    Online

     

    Sunday, June 13 (Release)

    Vida Kuang*
    Scattered Home Voices
    Chinatown (Various Locations)

     

    WEEK 8

    Tuesday, June 15 (Release)

    Bindlestiff Studio
    FOBcast

    Online

     

    Thursday, June 17 @ 7pm

    Balay Kreative & Kearny Street Workshop
    Pilipinx Virtual Histories

    Online

     

    WEEK 9

    Sunday, June 27 @ 7pm

    Queer as Fuck
    Radical Joy

    Online

     


  • USAAF 2021 Calendar

    Welcome to the online calendar for the 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Forging Our Futures - SoMa & Chinatown! In celebration of API Heritage Month, APICC is excited to present outdoor and virtual programming this MAY-JUNE.

    Festival events and our selected producing artists are listed below. All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST). Events with an asterisk (*) are featured and commissioned artists of APICC and USAAF 2021.

    This online calendar is best viewed on a desktop computer. Click through each link or image for more details on each program.

    Event pages may be updated with more info as each date approaches.


    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Click above to view the full calendar of USAAF 2021 events organized by date.

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    APICC PRESENTATIONS

    APICC x AAWAA
    Sowing Agency
    April 30-May 23, SOMArts Cultural Center
    Event graphic with green and orange text that says "SOWING AGENCY. Seeding the Future for Environmental Justice. SOMArts Cultural Center. AAWAA.net. April 30 to May 23, 2021. There is a drawing of blue poppy flowers in the shape of a globe with a malunggay leaf and stem. The flower petals and stems are blue with a pink center and buds.
    APICC x CAAMFest
    Legacy & Lineage Screening On Demand
    Available on-demand May 13-23, Online
    Jon Jang & Paul Flores*
    Never Again, NOW!
    May 6, 19 and 30, Online and at Portsmouth Square

    CHINATOWN: OUR FUTURE IS NOW!

    Portsmouth Square, May 30 @ 1-6PM

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    APICC is proud to co-present the following programs as part of the outdoor showcase in San Francisco's Chinatown

     

    1:00-2:45 PM PST

     
    Melody of China
     

     

    Francis Wong Trio

     

    Michael Warr and Chun Yu
     

     

     

    3:30-5:45 PM PST

     
    Audrey Thao Berger & Noah Wang
    All That We Hold

     

    Erina Alejo
    Tayo'y Amoy Araw! We Smell Like Sunshine!

     

    Macro Waves
    Altar-N8 Realm: Chinatown

     

    Megan Lowe Dances
    Maw Jaw

     

    Michael Arcega and Paolo Asuncion
    TNT SideCaraoke

     

    Jon Jang & Paul Flores*
    Never Again, NOW!
     

     


    KAPWA GARDENS OUTDOOR SHOWCASE

    Kapwa Gardens, June 5, 2021

    REGISTER HERE

    SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

    APICC is proud to co-present the following programs as part of the outdoor showcase in San Francisco's South of Market Area

    Erina Alejo
    Tayo'y Amoy Araw! We Smell Like Sunshine!

     

    SOMA Pilipinas*
    Liwanag 3 - Book Launch

     

    Audrey Thao Berger & Noah Wang
    All That We Hold

     

    Megan Lowe Dances
    Maw Jaw
     
    Michael Arcega & Paolo Asuncion
    TNT SideCaraoke
     

    FEATURED & CO-PRESENTED VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

    APICC is proud to co-present the following virtual programs

    Genny Lim*
    Memory, Meaning and Memoir
    Sunday, May 16 @ 2pm

     

    Kim Requesto
    YUGTO
    Saturday, May 29 @ 2pm

     

    The Rooted Recipes Project*
    Rooted Recipes Project x Forging Our Futures
    Wednesday, June 9 @ 7pm

     

    Johnny Huy Nguyen
    Minority Without A Model
    Friday, June 11 @ 6pm

     

    Eth-Noh-Tec*
    If We Only Knew
    Saturday-Sunday, June 12-13 @ 5pm

     

    Vida Kuang*
    Scattered Home
    Releasing Sunday, June 13

     


    ONLINE PROGRAMS

    Save the date for these artist produced online events!

    URBAN x INDIGENOUS
    UxI 2021: Between Worlds
    Friday, May 7 @ 6pm - Saturday, May 15*

    *BANGON NA! Filipinx Healing Summit takes place at Kapwa Gardens on May 15, 12-5pm

    The Last Hoisan Poets & the Del Sol Quartet
    Angel Island Insight
    Saturday, May 22 @ 2pm



    Lauren Andrei Garcia
    Kilig Girl: A Prologue
    Saturday, May 29 @ 7pm



    Harvey Lozada
     IT TAKES THE HOOD TO SAVE THE HOOD
    Thursday, June 10 @ 6pm

     

     

    QWOCMAP
    17th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
    Friday, June 11 @ 7pm - Sunday, June 13

     

     

    dNaga
    Invisible Traces: SF Chinatown
    Saturday, June 12 @ 2pm

     

     

    Bindlestiff Studio
    FOBcast
    Releasing June 15

     

    Balay Kreative & Kearny Street Workshop
    Pilipinx Virtual Histories
    Thursday, June 17 @ 7pm

     

    Queer as Fuck
    Radical Joy
    Sunday, June 27 @ 7pm

     


    #USAAF2021 #ForgingOurFutures


    USAAF 2021 JURORS

    Frances Wong, musician, composer and Creative Director of Asian Improv aRts
    Aureen Almario, educator, artist and Artistic Director for Bindlestiff Studio
    Erika Gee, educator, administrator, and cultural worker

     

    Thank you to all of APICC's funders:

           

                             

     

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  • USAAF 2021 Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
    Contact: Christina Leilani Campbell
    [email protected]

    FORGING OUR FUTURES: ASIAN AMERICAN ARTISTS HEAL COMMUNITY

    Asian American artists center hope in face of anti-Asian violence in San Francisco’s 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival

    Eth-Noh-Tec performs Red Altar. Image courtesy of the artists.

     

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 26, 2021- Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) presents the 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF), dedicated to highlighting the artistic accomplishments and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s Pacific Islander and Asian American communities. USAAF is making waves within the Bay Area, with a lineup featuring rising artists in visual art, podcast, music, theatre, and dance scenes throughout San Francisco and beyond. The festival includes innovative art productions and events including Sowing Agency (opening exhibition), art by Vida Kuang (artist and educator), Liwanag 3 (SOMAPilipinas) and Eth-Noh-Tec (Asian American kinetic storytelling), as well as many more locally grown artists and programs. 

    Forging our Futures Through Art Amidst Anti-Asian Hate

    “For Asian Pacific Islander communities, this past year has been mired in such immense pain and tragic loss - countless lives taken by COVID-19, numerous legacy businesses closing with others struggling to survive, social and cultural hubs left barren, and the frightening rise of anti-Asian violence here in the SF Bay Area and nationwide,” says Melanie Elvena, Artistic Director of APICC. “I want this year’s festival to be a sanctuary where art becomes the channel through which our communities hold our grief, tell our stories, and collectively imagine futures of hope and recovery where we can thrive beyond this moment.” Under the theme of Forging Our Futures, USAAF gives AAPI artists the opportunity to build platforms and tell stories that empower AAPI communities of San Francisco.

    Using Our Voices to Increase AAPI Representation and Awareness

    2021 has been a pivotal year for AAPI representation, specifically in the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes film stars Daniel Wu and Ali Wong, dance company director Lenora Lee, visual artist Bernice Bing and well-known comedians Margaret Cho and Hasan Minhaj. In light of the countless anti-Asian hate crimes that have directly impacted the AAPI community on top of the pandemic, many of these artists have spoken out to condemn the violence that is happening across the country. Similar to what these artists are doing, USAAF provides a space to foster hope and resiliency for the AAPI community. 

    The United States of Asian America Festival has long been a space for API artists, emerging and established alike, to create something new and very much needed. This year, positioned in a poignant moment of looking back, the festival is a cultivation and celebration of Asian Pacific Islander memory and future-making. Ranging from renewing intergenerational histories to cultivating community care, spanning grief, revival, nourishment, and everything in between, the festival’s 20+ programs take place throughout San Francisco from April 30 to June 26. A comprehensive festival schedule can be found at www.apiculturalcenter.org/usaaf2021 

    Artist Cindy Shih paints in her studio.

    Sowing Agency artist, Cindy Shih, paints in her studio.
    Image courtesy of the artist.
    HIGHLIGHTED FESTIVAL EVENTS

    Sowing Agency (Opening April 30) - This year’s festival kicks off with Sowing Agency, a multidisciplinary arts exhibition activating our AAPI communities to engage in the issues of today’s climate crisis. Artists include muralist and painter Priya Kaur Handa and long time community organizer Pam Tau Lee. Presented in partnership with the Asian American Women Artists Association.

    Liwanag 3 (June 5) - SOMA Pilipinas presents the Liwanag 3 book launch, a showcase of Filipino readings in genres ranging from poetry, fiction, playwriting, comics/graphic novels and featuring paintings, prints, illustrations and/or photography.

    "If We Only Knew" (June 12) - Eth-Noh-Tec presents their 40th anniversary concert as an Asian American kinetic storytelling group, examining how much the ‘then’ they chose created the ‘future’ we now live.


  • AAPI Artists and Art Organizations Against Hate

    Dear Community,

    We are devastated by the shootings in Atlanta, Georgia that led to the murder of 8 people, 6 victims who were targeted as Asian women, by a white domestic terrorist. The further mistreatment by the police and media who have not officially deemed this a hate crime is racist and abusive to the victims’ families and all Asian American Pacific Islander communities already severely impacted by the pandemic. We know that many of you are feeling emotions of fear, anger, frustration, and grief over these events as we have been witnessing the anti-Asian violence rise in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation. Also coupled with the shooting in Boulder, Colorado this week resulting in Islamophobic rhetoric, we condemn these plagues of racism, sexism and xenophobia. We resist the white supremacist systems and institutions that are embedded in American society that suppress Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.

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  • Oral histories of the International Hotel Human Barricade

    APICC is proud to fiscally sponsor Oral Histories of the International Hotel Human Barricade. Donations to Oral Histories of the International Hotel Human Barricade be made on this page through APICC as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

    The legacy of the International Hotel struggle must continue to be advanced, celebrated, refined and contributed to. This project seeks to document the oral histories of those who played any role in the Human Barricade. While we may have "lost" at 3:30am after hours of street confrontation, the developers ie. Capitalists did not win. Today on that site stands public housing, the Manilatown Heritage Community Center and a San Francisco Community College campus. The International Hotel block was one of "the" central gathering places for progressives and the "Left." Thus the heavy handed tactics from the state. Allies were drawn to the struggle to Stop the Eviction of the 300 elderly Filipino and Chinese tenants, and to Protect Manilatown/Chinatown from destruction by Redevelopment. 

    We are seeking funds to document these stories. If the story and history is not documented, it didn't happen.  We will use these to transcribe the histories, create short videos that can be used in the schools and  other spaces. There are many lessons that need to be captured and it has been 44 years and many of the participants are now in their 70's. Capturing their stories and well as reflections and words of wisdom for today will provide a chest of untold treasures. 

    *For check donations, please write checks to 'Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center' with 'Oral Histories of I Hotel' in the memo. Please include a return mailing address or email address to send the donation acknowledgement to.

    Send checks to the address below:

    APICC
    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

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