Vinay Patel

  • 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

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    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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  • Unity Archive

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

    The Unity Archives Project (click here for the website) is an online archive project for Unity/La Unidad.

    Unity/La Unidad was published from 1978 to 1990 by the League of Revolutionary Struggle (M-L). Published twice a month, it appeared in three languages: English, Spanish and Chinese. Unity/La Unidad offered a radical perspective on national and international news along with first-hand reports from the frontlines of battles for self-determination, worker’s rights, women’s liberation, and social justice.  

    *For check donations, please write checks to 'Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center' with 'Unity Archive Project' 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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  • Standing United with our Asian Pacific Islander Community

    WE STAND UNITED WITH OUR ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY AND CONDEMN ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE.

    The race-based hate and attacks against our community has been an ongoing issue we've faced and it's now been elevated due to racist and xenophobic rhetoric surrounding the pandemic. Many of these incidents of hate often go unreported. We urge anyone who has been a victim to seek help, and know that your are not alone. If you are in need of any resources or want to learn how you can support, take a look at the list of resources below.

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  • USAAF 2021

    THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2021
    FORGING OUR FUTURES - SOMA & CHINATOWN

    The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces the 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival.

    About the USAAF 2021

    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, Fleishhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, startsmall and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    This year’s theme, Forging Our Futures - SoMa & Chinatown, explores the following:

    • How are we fostering recovery, resilience, and regeneration in our SoMa and Chinatown communities during these difficult times?
    • What does place-making and community building look like in SoMa and Chinatown’s past, present, and future? How do they intersect?
    • How are we imagining and manifesting empowered futures for ourselves and our communities?

    Film still from Water Pilgrimage by Ranko Ogura, edited by Daniel Ancheta for USAAF 2020.


    USAAF 2021 RECAP

    Read the full festival recap and continue to see USAAF 2021 art throughout the summer!


    USAAF 2021 CALENDAR

    Full list of online and outdoor programming happening May-June, 2021
     

    CALENDAR-AT-A-GLANCE

     

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    PRESS COVERAGE

    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
    ABC7 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

     

     


    FESTIVAL ARTISTS

    The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center is thrilled to announce the presenting artists for the 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival:

    FEATURED & COMMISSIONED ARTISTS

    Jon Jang
    SOMA Pilipinas
    The Rooted Recipes Project
    Vida Kuang

    CO-PRESENTED ARTISTS

    Audrey Thao Berger and Noah Wang
    Eth-Noh-Tec
    Johnny Huy Nguyen
    Kim Requesto
    Megan Lowe Dances
    Macro Waves Collective
    Michael Arcega and Paolo Asuncion

    ARTISTS PRESENTING SELF-PRODUCED VIRTUAL EVENTS

    Balay Kreative & Pilipinx Virtual Histories
    dNaga
    Erina Alejo
    Harvey Lozada
    The Last Hoisan Poets and the Del Sol String Quartet
    The FOBCAST at Bindlestiff Studio
    Queer AF

    PROMOTED ARTISTS

    Lauren Andrei Garcia
    SAMMAY Productions and Urban x Indigenous
    Genny Lim and "Memory, Meaning & Memoir" Workshop Participants

     


    WORKSHOPS

    The following workshops are open to the public with a focus on events occurring as part of USAAF 2021.
    Click each workshop link below to register:

    Programming During the Pandemic
    Monday, March 15 @ 6pm

    Budget & Fundraising
    Wednesday, March 17 @ 6pm

    Taxes for Artists
    Monday, March 22 @ 6pm

    Marketing & Publicity
    Wednesday, March 24 @ 6pm


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW CLOSED

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59PM PST

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


  • USAAF 2021 Application Checklist

    When filling out the USAAF 2021 online application, please make sure to have prepared:

    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 work that you plan to showcase, and (2) explain how this work is connected to this year’s theme – Forging Our Futures - SoMa & Chinatown – and 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:

    • How are we fostering recovery, resilience, and regeneration in our SoMa and Chinatown communities during these difficult times?
    • What does place-making and community building look like in SoMa and Chinatown’s past, present, and future? How do they intersect?
    • How are we imagining and manifesting empowered futures for ourselves and our communities?

     
    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.

     
    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.

  • USAAF 2021 AWARD LEVELS & ELIGIBILITY

    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 VIRTUAL 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. The producing artist does not need to reside or produce the event in SoMa or Chinatown as long as they have strong ties or are working with the API communities living in these neighborhoods.

    • 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 (Zoom Pro and potentially other online streaming platforms) 
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation

    $5000 total award in artist and tech/production fees to selected producing artist

     
    CO-PRESENTED VIRTUAL EVENT

    For producing artists, groups or organizations interested in producing their virtual event at an APICC-approved venue. Potential venues include Bindlestiff Studio, SOMArts Cultural Center or I-Hotel Manilatown.

    • Artists produce event in an APICC-approved venue
    • Venue or APICC will provide technical staff and support
    • APICC provides promotional support and virtual account platform (Zoom Pro and potentially other online streaming platforms) 
    • Potential Approved Venues - Bindlestiff Studio, SOMArts, I-Hotel Manilatown

    $4500 total award in artist and tech/production fees to selected producing artist

     
    CO-PRESENTED OUTDOOR EVENT WITH VIRTUAL STREAM

    APICC will book an outdoor venue in SoMa and Chinatown for two separate showcases. Artists, groups or organizations interested in showcasing at either of these two outdoor showcases may apply for this category and must specify a preferred neighborhood in the application.

    • Artists produce and present work at an outdoor showcase produced by APICC
    • Outdoor venue/APICC will provide technical staff and support
    • APICC provides promotional support, virtual streaming support and virtual account platform (Zoom Pro and potentially other online streaming platforms) 

    $4500 total award in artist and tech/production fees to selected producing artist

     
    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 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 mid-June, 2021.
    • 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 below).
    • Be a legal resident of the United States (if you are not a legal US resident, contact Artistic Director Melanie Elvena to assess participation).

  • A Statement of Solidarity


    Graphics by Kalaya'an Mendoza, co-founder of Across Frontlines

    Dear Community,

    We are grateful for the privilege to create spaces and opportunities for Asian Pacific Islander artists and cultural workers. As we have the opportunity to celebrate our art and culture, we stand in solidarity with the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, along with their families and communities. It is important for our community to recognize the historical violence and injustice inflicted upon black, brown and indigenous communities and call ourselves in to dismantle racist and oppressive systems. While there will always be much more to do, every act of engagement can open up possibilities to create a more just world. As non-black people of color we must take ownership of our participation in working towards anti-racism, in support of Black Lives Matter.

    Read more

  • USAAF 2020 Online

    Welcome to the online program listings for the 23rd Annual United States of Asian America Festival: FINDING KINSHIP! In celebration of API Heritage Month, APICC is excited to present virtual programming originally set to occur MAY-JUNE at various locations in San Francisco and Oakland.

    Need a break from the screen, but still want to feel connected? Listen to the FINDING KINSHIP playlist on Spotify, including songs, poetry and music recommended by USAAF 2020 artists. Featuring songs by Jon Jang, Boondock Squad, Sammay Dizon and Ruby Ibarra. 

    Festival events and our selected producing artists are listed below and best viewed on desktop.
    Click through each link for more details on viewing or attending each program online

    This page is to be updated weekly.

    UPDATE: Productions by Virada Chatikul, Gay Asian Pacific Alliance and Asian Prisoner Support Committee have been canceled.


    ONLINE RELEASES

     

    APICC presents
    LEGACY AND LINEAGE


    Short films profiling the unique journey
    of 5 Asian American community artists.

    Releasing throughout the month of May

    Sami See
    The 9th Dambana

    Augmented Reality Illustrations by Sami See
    USAAF 2020 Featured Artist

    Stay tuned for limited postcards and
    a livestream giveaway


    Ranko Ogura Dance
    Water Pilgrimage

    Stay tuned for a video featuring movement that explores the kinship between humans and water.

    Erina Alejo
    A Hxstory of Renting

    Weekly blog posts about residents & peers on
    their memories of growing up in SOMA

    Lauren Ito
    Political Inheritance

    Series of photo portraits of Asian American
    activists and community organizers

    dNaga
    Mom & Me: The Warrior Heart

    Videos of rehearsals to be released this June


    LIVE STREAMED EVENTS

     

    Genny Lim
    Window: Glimpses Of Our Storied Past

    Literary reading with music performance
    by Francis Wong.

    Live stream via Zoom May 29

     

    URBAN X INDIGENOUS
    UxI 2020: Urban-Indigenous Futurism

    Online visual art gallery and a series of
    workshops, performances, presentations,
    discussions and ceremonial events.

    Online Events May 31-June 12

     

    Rea Lynn de Guzman
    Wander Woman 2



    Local immigrant women of color artists take over @wander_woman_artists each week of May

    Live Artist Talk & Performances June 5

     

    Ramon Abad
    Rosalyn Learns How to Misbehave:
    A Zoom Puppet Story

    Ramon Abad & the Bindlestiff Studio Puppet Crew present a live stream puppet performance.

    Join this kid friendly program via Zoom June 6

    QWOCMAP
    SafeSpace/NoPlace

    LBTQ People of Color 16th annual San Francisco International Queer Women of Color Film Festival

    Fully captioned films live streaming June 12-14

    Kearny Street Workshop presents
    Aria Aber and Monica Sok

    Literary reading with music from Kohinoorgasm

    Live stream via Zoom June 13

     

     
    Jon Jang
    So Many Tears

    Marcus Shelby, Genny Lim, Francis Wong and
    USAAF 2020 Featured Artist, Jon Jang

    Live stream performance June 20

    Parivar Bay Area
    Parivar Ka Pyar

    Online gallery to be released with live performances via Zoom

    Live stream performances June 27

    jxtheo
    Paper Trail of FREEDOM

    Book launch featuring poetry and spoken word

    Live stream via Zoom June 29

     


    #USAAF2020 #FINDING KINSHIP


    USAAF 2020 JURORS

    Eddie Wong, activist, filmmaker and editor/publisher of East Wind Ezine. 
    Tatiana Chaterji, performing artist, writer, co-founder of Subcontinental Drift Easy Bay
    Sami Schilf, San Francisco Bay Area based visual artist and muralist 

     

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  • An Important Message from APICC

    Dear Community,

    In light of the rapidly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19 prevention, APICC’s staff and board have been in earnest discussion about the orders and advice coming from local, state, and federal authorities on how best to protect those who could have the worst outcomes from the virus. As of last Friday, March 13, the City & County of San Francisco issued a Public Health Order prohibiting non-essential gatherings of 100 people or more and recommending to cancel meetings of 10 or more people with vulnerable populations until April 30. As of today, an article has also just been released notifying the public of a shelter-in-place order to be in effect in 6 Bay Area counties until April 7.

    Over the course of the past few weeks, many other businesses, places of entertainment, worship, and educational institutions have already made the decision to halt non-essential activities, to limit the risk of close contact with potential carriers of the virus. Our community's health is very important to us, so we are postponing any upcoming major events until further notice. Seeing our friends at performances and art openings while presenting our amazing artists are the highlights of our year.  We will miss seeing all of you during the spring, but we know we’ll be back together again.

    In regards to the upcoming United States of Asian America Festival: FINDING KINSHIP, we are working with this year’s producing artists to find creative alternatives and opportunities to bring API stories to the public.

    Amidst racist and xenophobic profiling in relation to the virus, we recognize that presenting art and culture by API artists is most important during moments like this. We encourage our community to stay up to date using accurate information from reliable resources such as those linked below. 

    During this time of reflection we will be working with our funders to find ways to help mitigate the economic and professional losses our artists will be facing.  We thank our major funders such as SF Grants for the Arts, SF Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Cal Humanities, and Zellerbach Family Foundation for taking leadership in trying to understand the impact this is going to have on small cultural nonprofits and community artists.  We also thank our civic leaders who have been tireless in gathering information, making historically difficult decisions and keeping us informed.

    RESOURCES & FACTS

    Every member of our community deserves to be safe and although these are difficult decisions, they are the right ones to take. Please remain vigilant in social distancing and look out for your loved ones.  

    Please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Thank you,
    Vinay, Melanie and Diana

    Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center Staff


Founded in 1996, APICC supports and produces multi-disciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of API's living in the United States.