Tj Basa

  • Melissa Lewis Wong and Joy Chenyu Lewis

    Melissa Lewis Wong presents the world premiere of 花和霧 flowers and fog, a portrait of the artist and their mother, Joy ChenYu Lewis, bridging cultures, identities, and art disciplines.
    Several years in the making, flowers and fog explores the relationship between a parent and child, and its inevitable ruptures and reconnections.

    Ticket Price: Picnic ($11-$44), Show ($33-$111), NOTAFLOF + Sliding Scale
    Fri, May 17 - PREVIEW
    - Picnic @ 1-2 pm, Portsmouth Square
    - Show @ 3-4 pm, The Gateway Theater - 215 Jackson St
    Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19 - WEEKEND 1
    - Picnic @ 1-2 pm, Portsmouth Square
    - Show @ 3-4 pm, The Gateway Theater - 215 Jackson St
    Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26 - WEEKEND 2
    - Picnic @ 1-2 pm, Portsmouth Square
    - Show @ 3-4 pm, The Gateway Theater - 215 Jackson St
    *ASL Interpretation will be available Sat, May 19 and Sat, May 25

    WHEN
    March 01, 2024 at 6:00pm
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  • GAPA

    “Echoes in the Diaspora” is a multi-disciplinary program featuring GAPA Theatre and GAPA Men’s Chorus, as well as other community-based artists. Signifying the resonance of memories, traditions, and identity that influence our lives within the queer & trans-Asian & Pacific Islander (QTAPI) diaspora, the production is a showcase for the restorative power of QTAPI collaboration and performance.

    Ticket Price:
    General Admission ($20)
    Sat, Jun 15 @ 7-9 PM

    WHEN
    March 01, 2024 at 6:00pm
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  • Silk Road to San Francisco

    A series of workshops to explore the contemporary (im)migration stories by people from the Silk Road


    Ticket Price:
    Free
    Saturday, May 4, @ 12-3 PM
    Friday, May 10, @ 6-9 PM
    Sunday, May 19, @ 11 AM- 1 PM
    Friday, May 24, @ 5-9 PM

    WHEN
    March 01, 2024 at 6:00pm
    rsvp

  • USAAF 2023 Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Tj Basa, Office & Communications Manager
    [email protected]

    Jade Wave Rising: Portraits of Power Opening Reception (Photographer: Diana Chen)

    Reimagining Horizons: API Artists Envision Our Collective Futures

    San Francisco’s Asian American art festival showcases the city’s innovative creatives during Asian Pacific Heritage Month

     

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 11, 2023 - The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces and celebrates the 26th Annual United States of Asian America Festival, beginning April 27 - June 30 at various locations in San Francisco. Each year, the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents up to 20 different programs reflecting the artistic accomplishments and cultural diversity of the city’s Pacific Islander and Asian American communities. Since 1998, 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.

    This year’s theme, Reimagining Horizons, asks us to reconstruct the bridges between before and beyond, embracing abundance and celebrating our expansiveness. In our critically transformed, “post-pandemic” world, we must acknowledge the uncertainties and processes that arise as we question the horizons of possibility for ourselves, our communities, and our dreams. The festival honors the constant negotiation of the past and present to build towards a generative future in solidarity with our BIPOC communities.

    “AAPI communities have experienced so much through the last few years— from the lows of the pandemic, anti-Asian violence, and political turmoil to the highs of major representation in mainstream media and national leadership roles, as well as being billed the fastest growing racial group in the US,” Artistic Director Melanie Elvena says, “In light of these events, AAPI artists are seizing this momentum, frenzied with inspiration and creative energy. They're looking to their cultural heritages to express themselves, grapple with the present, and carve out space for what's next. It's so exciting. Our dynamic festival lineup this year really reflects that.”

    San Francisco has been an epicenter for Asian American cultural productions, with brilliant creatives gracing the USAAF stage, like muralist and visual artist Sami See, pianist and composer Jon Jang, award-winning poet Genny Lim, and comedian Irene Tu. This year, the festival continues this artistic legacy with incredible featured performances by Johnny Huy Nguyễn and Caroline Cabading. Attendees can also immerse themselves in a new multimedia exhibition entitled Jade Wave Rising: Portraits of Power, in collaboration with the Asian American Women Artists Association. In addition, APICC co-presents Being, Belonging & Beyond - SF Bay Area AAPI Dance Film Festival with 500 Capp Street and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). We are working with Sunday Streets and Liveable City to present our Outdoor Showcase in the Tenderloin, helping to provide resources to the neighborhood’s Southeast Asian communities and to support economic recovery in the city.

    Asian American resilience & excellence
    Still struggling with anti-Asian violence and living in a critically transformed world, Asian American artists pave the path to excellence. Most recently, the 95th Academy Awards was an incredible night for Asian creatives across the globe. RRR became the first Indian feature film to win an Oscar with the Best Original Song “Naatu Naatu.” Of course, Everything Everywhere All At Once’s Oscars sweep gave accolades to Ke Huy Quan’s Hollywood comeback and Michelle Yeoh’s trailblazing work, becoming the first Asian to win Best Actress. We are witnessing history in the making— and this is just the beginning.

    Through the theme of Reimagining Horizons, featured artist Caroline Cabading brings together the past and present, exploring pre-colonial artistry as a way to forge new possibilities for community engagement and cultural connection. “USAAF has provided me with the opportunity to teach the tribal culture I study in the Philippines to my local Bay Area community,” she says, “therefore helping me reimagine what the horizons of ancestral practice can be in the diaspora.”

    The San Francisco Bay Area is a hotspot for emerging talent in the Asian American community, in part because of sustained programming like APICC’s annual United States of Asian America Festival. The festival has long fostered an ecosystem for API artists, emerging and established alike, to create something new and very much needed. In this momentous year, the festival is a celebration of Asian Pacific Islander memories and futures in the making. Ranging from intergenerational histories to cultivating spaces to thrive, care and imagine, the festival’s programs take place throughout San Francisco from April 27 to June 30. This year’s festival calendar can be found at www.apiculturalcenter.org/usaaf2023.

    HIGHLIGHTED FESTIVAL EVENTS
    Jade Wave Rising: Portraits of Power | Curated by Yeu Q Nguyen and Co-Presented by Asian American Women Artists Association (multidisciplinary art exhibition)
    SOMArts Cultural Center’s Main Gallery through May 21st. As the AAPI community reels from the ongoing waves of hate and violence, Jade Wave Rising celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s voices and pays homage to overlooked historical figures and community leaders. Inspired by the gemstone’s various metaphysical and cultural meanings in its association with power, jewelry and crowns, Jade Wave Rising establishes new legacies of leadership to imagine a more equitable future for AAPI women everywhere.

    Being, Belonging & Beyond - SF Bay Area AAPI Dance Film Festival | Curated by APICC and Megan Lowe Dances
    Co-Presented by 500 Capp Street and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
    Kapwa Gardens on May 14. Screenings will include dance films by Lenora Lee Dance, Alleluia Panis,
    Sammay Dizon, and culminates in the world premiere screening of HOME(in)STEAD, a site-specific dance work by 500 Capp Street artists-in-residence Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen - a performance that utilizes the historical David Ireland House as a visceral canvas for exploring means of feeling, finding, creating, and healing home through dynamic architecture-oriented movement and intimate contact partnering supported by live music, text, and installation. The finale screening will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A, celebrating the lineage of AAPI performing artists and creating conversations about AAPI experiences. *This film festival is also part of CAAMFest.

    No Country For Mother | Johnny Huy Nguyễn (USAAF 2023 Featured Artist / dance, theater)
    Joe Goode Annex on May 26. Exploring personal histories, matriarchal myths, and Vietnamese mother goddess religion, No Country For Mother is an autobiographical reckoning and reconciling toward an embodied masculinity untethered by dominant narratives of manhood.

    USAAF: REIMAGINING HORIZONS Outdoor Showcase
    Co-Presented by Sunday Streets and Liveable City
    Sunday Streets Tenderloin on June 4. Join us for a day of music, poetry, fashion, art-making, performances and more! Featured APICC artists include Caroline Cabading, Parivar Bay Area, SPULU, Shikha Malaviya, Maw Shein Win, Preeti Vangani, and Terry Lily Hwang. More Tenderloin artists and performers will be announced.

    WHAT/WHO
    26TH ANNUAL UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL: REIMAGINING HORIZON

    Presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center as part of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Featuring events in music, dance, film, food, theater, literature, visual arts, experimental media, and more.

    WHEN
    April–June 2023

    WHERE
    Various Venues, San Francisco / Online

    FOR MORE INFO
    See the full calendar and register for events at www.apiculturalcenter.org/usaaf2023

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    ABOUT USAAF
    Each year, the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents around 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, etc. 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, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

    ABOUT APICC
    Our mission at the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) is to support and produce multidisciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders living in the United States

    APICC was founded in 1996 by representatives of five nonprofit arts groups: Asian American Dance Performances, First Voice, Asian Improv aRts, the Asian American Theater Company, and Kearny Street Workshop. Since 1998, the center has promoted the artistic and organizational growth of San Francisco’s API arts community by organizing and presenting the annual United States of Asian America Festival as well as commissioning contemporary art for and by the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.


  • USAAF 2022 Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
    Contact: Diana Li
    [email protected]
    650.703.8361

    Generations of Power: Asian Americans Artists Celebrate Creative Resilience and Resistance in 25th Annual Festival

    San Francisco’s Asian American art festival brings city’s cultural legacies to the forefront

     

    The Last Hoisan Poets and Del Sol Quartet performs in Japantown Peace Plaza. Image courtesy of the artists.

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 15, 2022 - Now in its 25th year, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) presents the 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. In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this year’s crop of events commemorates the creative resilience of San Francisco’s Asian American arts community, under the theme Generations of Power.

    Celebrating “Generations of Power” in the midst of continued anti-Asian hate

    “Amidst increased violence against Asians and Asians Americans and a year since the Atlanta spa shootings, so much of media has been focused on portraying our communities as helpless victims, piling on the trauma of loss and fear from living in the pandemic,” says Melanie Elvena, APICC’s Artistic Director. “This year's theme, Generations of Power, is a direct response to anti-Asian violence by highlighting the long history of strength, resilience, agency, and resistance among AAPI artists here in the US.”

    Since 1998, USAAF has made waves in featuring a dynamic line up of events ranging from visual art, music, film, theater, dance, literary art and more. Over the years, the annual festival has showcased a number of revolutionary artists like pianist and composer, Jon Jang and award-winning poet, Genny Lim. In the last five years alone, comedian Irene Tu, and rapper and music producer, Ruby Ibarra graced USAAF with some of their earliest performances before getting on the brink of fame, and it doesn’t stop there.

    This year’s calendar of events include a Grace Lee Boggs inspired exhibition, Grow Our Souls (opening show), multi-sensory installations by Macro Waves, poetry and music by The Last Hoisan Poets and Del Sol Quartet along with galas and performances from the organizations that started the festival 25 years ago.

    A shared anniversary for San Francisco’s API arts community

    This year, APICC highlights the original nonprofit arts groups that came together to organize the first USAAF, including Asian American Dance Performances, First Voice, Asian Improv aRts, the Asian American Theater Company, and Kearny Street Workshop. While a couple of these organizations are no longer operating, the artists that rose out of them have been instrumental to the powerful movement of Asian and Asian American arts, culture and activism.

    As APICC celebrates 25 years of the festival, 2022 also marks the 35th anniversary of Asian Improv aRts and the 50th anniversary of the country’s oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization, Kearny Street Workshop, each hosting their own anniversary galas and art showcases this June.

    With the collective organizing that formed the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, the organization's annual festival is a center of gravity for artists to innovate, produce and present their work, and in recent years, it’s become a space for communities of color to heal, create joy during moments of despair and fuel movements for representation in the ongoing fight against racism.

    Asian American representation & activism
    San Francisco has long been a hub of Asian American activism with artistic production central to each cultural movement. From the Third World Liberation Front, to the fight for the I-Hotel, to the struggle against anti-Asian rhetoric and violence today, each defining moment has catalyzed artists into claiming Asian American identity as one with deep rooted cultural histories and legacies, often intersecting and building solidarity with other BIPOC community cultural groups.

    In the midst of anti-Asian racism, Asian American artists continue to be on the rise in mainstream media. Most recently, the Grammy’s featured the most Filipinos nominated in all major categories, including Bruno Mars, Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie and H.E.R. (born and raised in the Bay Area). With their headquarters in Emeryville, Pixar’s latest, Turning Red, is turning heads toward Chinese American coming of age stories, and there’s no overlooking Michelle Yeoh in A24’s latest hit, Everything Everywhere All At Once.

    The San Francisco Bay Area is a hotspot for emerging talent in the Asian American community, in part because of sustained programming like APICC’s annual United States of Asian America Festival. The festival has long fostered an ecosystem for API artists, emerging and established alike, to create something new and very much needed. In this momentous year, the festival is a celebration of Asian Pacific Islander memories and futures in the making. Ranging from intergenerational histories to cultivating spaces to thrive, care and imagine, the festival’s 20+ programs take place throughout San Francisco from April 29 to June 30. This year’s festival calendar can be found at www.apiculturalcenter.org/usaaf2022

    Highlighted Festival Events

    • Grow Our Souls (Opening April 29) - This year’s festival kicks off with Grow Our Souls, a multidisciplinary arts exhibition inspired by the wisdom of Grace Lee Boggs, featuring artists who are reimagining labor in an era of climate change and late-stage capitalism
    • Generations of Power Showcase (May 14) at Japantown Peace Plaza featuring Asian American dance performances along with a number of poetry, dance and music artists in this year's festival. As one of this year's featured artists, Genny Lim will also perform with Last Hoisan Poets and Del Sol Quartet in the same showcase.
    • breath.io (June 10) produced by Macro Waves at SWIM Gallery will take visitors on a multi-sensory journey with installations serving as a futuristic community healing space. Through sound, visual, and movement therapy, breath.io celebrates the power of collective care through the practice of guided meditation.

     

    Highlighted Anniversary Events

    • KSW50: To Imagine is to Exist Gala (June 10) - Celebrate Kearny Street Workshop’s 50 years
      as a force and home for empowering APA communities.
    • Expansions // Horizons (June 30) - For 35 years, Asian Improv aRts (AIR) has been at the forefront of the Asian and Asian American movement – advancing artists, activism, and culture on a national level. Celebrate this historic milestone and look forward to the future with radical imagination.

     

    WHAT/WHO
    25TH ANNUAL UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL: GENERATIONS OF POWER Presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center as part of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Featuring events in music, dance, film, puppetry, theatre, literature, visual arts, and more showcasing Asian and Pacific Islander artists.

    WHEN
    April-June 2022

    See the full calendar and register for events at www.apiculturalcenter.org/usaaf2022

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    ABOUT APICC
    Our mission at the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) is to support and produce multidisciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders living in the United States.

    APICC was founded in 1996 by representatives of five nonprofit arts groups: Asian American Dance Performances, First Voice, Asian Improv aRts, the Asian American Theater Company, and Kearny Street Workshop. Since 1998, the center has promoted the artistic and organizational growth of San Francisco’s API arts community by organizing and presenting the annual United States of Asian America Festival as well as commissioning contemporary art for and by the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

    ABOUT USAAF
    Each year, the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents around 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.



  • Press 2023

    Press Content for the United States of Asian America Festival 2023

    USAAF 2023 Press Release

    Sunday Streets Tenderloin Community Block Party published in Sunday Streets SF 

    Jade Wave Rising Exhibit Demonstrates the Power and Beauty of Asian American Women published in East Wind Ezine by Eddie Wong (April 30, 2023)

    SF Choreography Festival Celebrates South Asian Activism published in IndiaCurrents by Ashwini Gangal (May 8, 2023) 

    A story of resistance told through dance: The Indian revolutionary who immigrated to S.F. published in SF Chronicle Datebook by Rachel Howard (May 10, 2023)

    At SOMArts, 'Jade Wave Rising' Is a Love Letter to AAPI Women published in KQED by Kristie Song (May 12, 2023)

    LOWER HAIGHT ART EXHIBITION PAYS TRIBUTE TO AAPI FOOD, FAMILY, AND BELONGING published in Broke-Ass Stuart by Paolo Bicchieri (May 15, 2023) 

    Strong Like Bamboo! May 28, 2-5p Oakland Cultural Center published by Emil Guillermo (May 18, 2023) 

    Storytellers look to heal from sting of anti-Asian hate published in AsAmNews by Randall Yip & Jessica Xiao (May 24, 2023)

    Emil Guillermo: ‘Strong Like Bamboo’ Stories of AAPI Resilience at Oakland Asian Cultural Center published by Post News Group (May 27, 2023)

     


  • Press 2022

    Press Content for the United States of Asian America Festival 2022

    USAAF 2022 Press Release

    Grab a seat as the Bay Area dance scene springs back to life published in SF Chronicle Datebook by Rachel Howard (March 16, 2022)

    Realms of Courage: “Celebrating Asian Women Composers” Panel Discussion published in FunCheapSF (March 15, 2022)

    Free arts and entertainment events and performances to enjoy in the S.F. Bay Area published in SF Chronicle Datebook by Anne Schrager (May 15, 2022)

    Piece Of Peace Reflections published by Megan Lowe Dances (June 2022) 

    As Marcos Rises to Power, a Dance Ritual Helps Filipino Americans Process Grief, Fear published in KQED by Rayanne Piana (June 13, 2022)

    A summer of classical, experimental and aerial dance performances in the Bay Area, inside and out published in SF Chronicle Datebook by Rachel Howard (June 15, 2022)

    Realms of Courage: Celebrating Asian Women Composers – Composers Panel #5 published in FunCheapSF (June 26, 2022) 

    CAMP Podcast Special Edition: Angela Han published by Contemporary Art Music Podcast (June 27, 2022) 

    USAAF 2022: GENERATIONS OF POWER PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE published by Do The Bay



  • Artist Spotlight

    Lenora Lee
    Posted by · January 22, 2024 10:57 AM · 1 reaction

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  • Lenora Lee

    Lynn Huang, photo by Robbie Sweeny


    Shift The Script
    with Lenora Lee

    Shift the Script is a series that calls on Asian American and Pacific Islander artists in the San Francisco Bay Area to share how their art practice is honoring the needs of a changing world. 

    This interview features Lenora Lee, a Chinese American dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Lenora Lee Dance. Lenora is an alumna of APICC’s United States of Asian America Festival where she presented works in 2013, Celebrating 25 Years of Asian Improv ARTS!, and again in 2014 for Lenora Lee Dance's 7th Season. 

    Her upcoming 15th Anniversary shows take place Friday, February 2nd @ 8pm, Saturday, February 3rd @ 8pm, and Sunday, February 4 @ 2pm at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, CA. She is presenting two groundbreaking pieces of work that confront the realities of U.S. immigration policy and the work toward reform.

    Visit: https://LenoraLeeDance15years.eventbrite.com for tickets

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    Watch: "In Visibility" promotional video

    APICC: Hi Lenora! Thank you for sharing your story with the APICC community and for your long-time collaboration. We want to start at the beginning of the story. Can you share when you began creating artwork and more about what you make?

    Lenora Lee: I began creating choreography when I went to City College of San Francisco, finding movement as the truest first language through improvisation, dance composition, and modern dance during that critical period of development. At the same time, I began to study alto saxophone with composer Francis Wong, who encouraged me to find my voice through sound on the horn. I had the opportunity to perform some of my early dance compositions in the San Francisco Chinatown community at Donaldina Cameron House. I had grown up through their youth group and youth leadership programs which provided the foundation for my approach to creating collaborative performance experiences as a professional artist after I received my B.A. in Dance from UCLA.

    I am currently celebrating 25 years as a professional in the arts, and 15 years of running a dance company, Lenora Lee Dance (LLD). For the last 15 years LLD has pushed the envelope of intimate and large-scale multimedia, immersive dance performance connecting various styles of movement/dance, film, text, research and music to culture, history, and human rights issues.

    LLD’s works are set in both public and private spaces, inspired by individual stories as well as community strength. From the proscenium, to underwater, the company’s pieces are site-responsive and immersive calling audiences into deep engagement with the work and environment. Through partnerships locally and nationally, LLD’s work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement, and educational programming signifying the power of art as a movement for change.

    APICC: What topics and issues are most present with you right now, and how is your creative work responding to them?

    LL: For Lenora Lee Dance's 15th Anniversary Season we are premiering "In Visibility" and "Convergent Waves: EP". Both works utilize dance, narrative, video projection and archival images to impart the lived experiences of migrants, descendants, and justice workers as they push to change the policies that both historically and currently criminalize immigrants and separate families.

    Our work integrates contemporary dance, film, music, and research and has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, incarceration, global conflict, life-threatening illness, and its impacts, particularly on women and families.

     

    APICC: How has creating this body of work changed you?

    LL: I am deeply impacted and inspired by the many individuals and communities I’ve had the honor of working with and getting to know over the last 25 years. I am moved by the generosity and openness with which participants and collaborators have approached our creative processes, and am always wanting to share of the experiences with love and compassion. This platform of immersive performance allows us as dance artists to connect with viewers through movement, energy and visceral dialogue - creating direct pathways to transformation and coming into harmony with one another, our pasts, our truths, and our beliefs.

    APICC: What call to action do you hope your artwork inspires?

    LL: We are having to make public statements for equity, justice, support for the arts and our work in underserved populations, not only in creating experiences for our individual and communal health, but our survival, to have our voices count, to fight against violence and discrimination, and to have a seat at the table.

    Our projects make a collective statement around preservation and expanded resources for communities of color across the country and internationally.

    "We, as a nation of all people must move forward embracing our country’s and the global diversity, knowing there is broader power and vision to collaborate across communities and countries to support one another, and that our fight for justice is not mutually exclusive to justice for only some communities, but part of the whole."

    - Lenora Lee

    APICC: Where can people experience your work next? 

    LL: Lenora Lee Dance is celebrating its 15th Anniversary February 2-4, 2024 at Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco, with two performance works confronting the realities of U.S. immigration policy and the work toward reform.

    Performances are on Friday, February 2 at 8pm, Saturday, February 3 at 8pm & Sunday February 4 at 2pm

    Visit https://LenoraLeeDance15years.eventbrite.com for tickets

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    Lenora’s work and longstanding collaborations with artists over the years has made a remarkable contribution to the Bay Area arts community. It is our vision at the Asian Pacific Island Cultural Center to continue co-presenting and elevating the dynamic work of Lenora and the wide community of artists that have have participated in our United States of Asian America Festival since 1999. 
     

    Stay tuned to other upcoming events from Lenora Lee Dance: 

    • “At the Heart of Capon Barrio Chino: Tusán Perspectives” (Spring 2024) dance documentary film screenings made possible Good Medicine Productions
    • “Convergent Waves: NYC” (May 25-27, 2024) an immersive site-responsive performance premiering on South Street Seaport Museum’s 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree (NYC), inspired by history of the international cargo ship, and the seaport as an neighborhood of international trade.
    • “A Bridge to Now” a multimedia dance piece premiering in Lima, Peru (September 2024), and in San Francisco (April 2025), focusing on migration from Asia to North and South America, and the impact of migrant communities in the Americas.

    Visit http://www.lenoraleedance.com/ for more information

     

     


  • USAAF 2024

    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. 
    Thank you to all who submitted to USAAF 2024!

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    UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2024

    BE(LONG)ING HERE

    The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces and celebrates the 27th Annual United States of Asian America Festival.

    Each year, the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents between 15-20 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 theme, Be(long)ing Here, asks us what being and belonging means for ourselves and our communities. The festival will honor AAPI arts and culture reflecting on where we have been, where we are now, and what our collective future holds while acknowledging our roots as immigrants, refugees, and mixed-race descendents. Here are some prompts that artists should address in their proposals:

    • What does being and belonging mean for AAPI communities here in San Francisco, the United States, and in the diaspora and what does that journey look and feel like?
    • How are AAPI and BIPOC communities historically and presently using arts and culture for survival, placemaking, and thriving?
    • How are AAPI artists bridging arts and activism to connect to those on the fringes of society, inviting them to be active members of their local communities?
    • What are we as AAPI communities longing for?

     

    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

     

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Application Q&A #1 + Artist Mixer & Open Mic – Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Arc Studios & Gallery, San Francisco @ 5:30-8:30PM
    Application Q&A #2 – Monday, December 11 @ 5:30-6:30PM PST, Online via Zoom
    Application Q&A #3 – Thursday, January 4 @ 5:30-6:30PM PST, Online via Zoom
    Application Deadline – Monday, January 8. 2024 @ 12:00PM PST
    Artists Notified – end of January 2024

    For Selected Producing Artists:

    Mandatory OrientationMonday, February 5, 2024 @ 6:00-7:00PM PST via Zoom
    Contract Deadline – Thursday, February 2, 2024
    Marketing Copy Deadline – Friday, February 29, 2024
    Workshop DatesFebruary-April 2024 (Exact Dates TBD)
    Mandatory Festival Kick-Off/Opening – Friday, April 25, 2024 (public)



    USAAF 2024 - FAQ

    When is the application deadline?
    Electronic submissions are due at 11:59PM PST on Monday, January 8, 2024. If you have application questions, please read through this FAQ first and then contact APICC Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected].

    When is the festival?
    The United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) happens annually during the month of May through June 15.

    Is there an application fee?
    There is no fee to apply to USAAF.

    What if I want to participate in USAAF but I don’t want to produce a show?
    Some producing artists will send out a call for artists later for work to be included in their events. APICC will help promote those artists calls on our communication channels and you should follow us on our social media and/or sign-up for our e-newsletter to keep you in the loop.

    What are the levels I can apply for?

    PROMOTIONAL EVENT

    For artists, groups, or organizations who primarily (or only) need promotional assistance. There is no monetary support with this level.

    • Artists self-produce a public in-person event in the SF Bay Area and/or online.
    • APICC provides marketing promotional support only (website, social media, printed calendar)
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation


    CO-PRODUCED EVENT

    For first-time and emerging producing artists, groups or organizations who would like assistance co-producing their event. $3000 total award in artists, tech, venue and production fees.

    • Artists self-produce event at a venue in San Francisco
    • Artists responsible for finding their own technical staff
    • APICC provides promotional support (e.g. website, social media, printed calendar, press release) and production support (e.g. box office, production planning assistance, etc.)
    • APICC will provide documentation and accessibility support upon request.
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation


    SELF-PRODUCED EVENT

    For producing artists, groups or organizations who would prefer to produce an event with an in-person audience and optional virtual livestream or recording. $5000 total award in artists, tech, venue and production fees.

    • Artists self-produce a public event at a venue in San Francisco
    • Artists responsible for finding their own technical staff
    • APICC provides promotional support (e.g. website, social media, printed calendar, press release) and production support (e.g. box office upon request, production planning assistance, etc.)
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation


    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 (will occur May 2024 in San Francisco) may apply for this category. $1000 total award in artist fees to selected producing artists.

    • 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 venue
    • APICC will provide the venue as well as the stage, technical staff, and production support
    • APICC provides promotional support (e.g. website, social media, printed calendar, press release) and production support (e.g. box office, event staff, production planning assistance, etc.)
    • APICC provides documentation and accessibility support.
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation



    What types of things does APICC want to fund?

    • 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)
    • Events that feature Pacific Islander and/or Asian American artists centralized within the artistic creation process, and constitute a majority of participating artists



    DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FORMAT
    • Benefits or fundraisers.
    • Events not open or accessible to the general public.
    • Events occurring outside of the city and county of San Francisco.


    In order to receive funding, why must my event be in the city and county of San Francisco?
    USAAF is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Grants for the Arts - both funders focus on artists in San Francisco. We welcome events from the greater SF Bay Area under the Member Events category, but unfortunately are not able to provide funding support at this time.

    Where can I present my event?
    You must present your event in the city and county of San Francisco, however, there are no restrictions on the neighborhood. Events can also be held at 21+ venues. Venues and events must be open to the public. 

    APICC can also suggest venues you can reach out to. We regularly partner with a multitude of San Francisco partners to present USAAF events including the City’s official Cultural Centers (SOMArts Cultural Center, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, African American Arts & Culture Complex and the Bayview Opera House) as well as Bindlestiff Studio, Bayanihan Community Center, Theatre of Yugen at NOHSpace, ARC Studios & Gallery, and Gallery 308 at Fort Mason.

    Can I charge admission for Self-Produced and Co-Produced events? 
    Yes! Self-produced and Co-Produced events can charge for admission. You can sell tickets, have sliding scale fees, ask for donations, etc. The APICC outdoor showcase will be free and open to the public.

    Can APICC provide box office support for my event?
    APICC will handle pre-sale ticketing and/or registration for your event on our website. You can also request that APICC staff help run your in-person box office during your event. However, we will be taking a percentage of ticket sales for this service - Self-Produced events will have a 25% box office share and Co-Produced events will have a 10% box office share. APICC can also provide suggestions for technical staff and other assistance.

    Does my project have to be new work?
    No. You can reuse/rework an old project. Please provide your previous version as a work sample and explain how it aligns with the festival of showcasing AAPI artists, arts, and culture and relates to the themE Be(long)ing Here.

    How do I apply with a collective?
    Assign 1-2 lead representatives to be the contact person for the collective as well as who will be receiving and distributing the funds for the collective. In addition, please provide a couple samples from each member of the collective. We want to get a good sense of everyone’s work and how you all work together. 

    Can I write my proposal in one sitting? 
    Although you are welcome to type directly into USAAF’s online form, APICC suggests that you compose your answers offline and then copy and paste your responses into the online form. This ensures you are able to access the information you submit and can complete the entire application before it’s submitted. You can use the Application Checklist to help write out and keep track of your responses.

    What should be included in my budget?
    Common budget expenses include artist fees, venue rental, marketing (flyers/posters), documentation, and artistic supplies (like frames or costumes). If these expenses exceed the maximum artist fee, please include other sources of income like ticket revenue, individual donations and grants from local nonprofits and foundations. Your project income and expenses should be equal amounts, indicating that you are spending all income received on your expenses. Feel free to use this Budget Template.

    Do I have to use the budget template?
    It is much easier for the jurors to review applications if you utilize our budget template. However, it is not required. If you want to add more categories/specify your budget plan, please feel free to do so.

    What work samples should I submit?
    Choose work samples that best showcase your quality of work and give the best sense of the kind of work you do and the event you are proposing. The types of work samples should correspond with the medium of your work. For instance, images should be submitted for visual art shows, videos should be submitted for film screenings, videos and performances, and excerpts/manuscripts should be sent in for literary readings.

    Are there word limits on the application?
    Please see the application guidelines for word limits in all narrative fields. Although the submission form will not be cut off at the designated word limit, applications exceeding word limits will be cut off at the word count limit when reviewed by jurors.

    What makes a successful application? How are decisions made?
    Decisions regarding USAAF events are scored by a panel of invited APICC member artists on the following criteria: artistic quality, connection to theme, content, production ability and quality of application materials. Stand-out applications also provide great work samples. Overall, we are interested in understanding your thinking process, and we look for applicants whose project aligns with APICC’s mission and our vision for USAAF 2024.

    APICC is looking to maximize the diversity of participating artists and organizations and also considers: diversity of artists’ backgrounds, history of funding with APICC, mix of emerging and mid-career artists, Asian American vs. Asian art, local vs. national, and a mix of artistic disciplines. 

    How many artists will be selected for USAAF 2024?
    We will select 15 artists for the funded levels. There is no limit to the number of promotional events.

    How and when will I be notified?
    Artists will be notified via email by the end of January 2024.

    If I am selected, can I receive my grant upfront?
    If you are selected to be a participating artist, you can receive up to 50% of your grant upfront upon signing the artist contract.

    If I am selected, what events are mandatory?
    If you are selected to be a participating artist, you MUST attend the orientation (late January or early February, exact date TBD). We will also offer a number of workshops for artists. You must attend a minimum of 2 workshops. The workshops will be hybrid events. 1:1 consultations are online meetings and highly recommended but not required. 

    Can I get feedback on my application if it is declined?
    APICC understands that getting feedback on your application can help you strengthen future applications, please follow instructions in your decline email to solicit feedback on your declined application.

    Who do I contact if I still have questions?
    Additional questions can be directed to APICC Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected].



  • CANE Archive Project

    CANE Archive Project

     

    APICC is proud to fiscally sponsor the CANE 50th Anniversary event and Archive Project aka the CANE Archive Project.

    Donations to the CANE Archive Project can be made on this page through APICC as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

    The Committee Against Nihonmachi Eviction (CANE) formed in 1973 to fight the San  Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s (RDA) plan to  transform Japantown into a tourist trap by destroying the historic community, evicting its residents and shutting down small businesses.  

    A grassroots uprising arose in opposition to RDA’s plans, fueled by the Japantown residents and small businesses' stand of “We Won’t Move!”  This stand and determination to fight inspired students and the broader Japanese American community to join CANE and engendered broad City-wide support. CANE was a multi-generational, multi-racial organization composed of Japantown residents and small businesses and the broader Japanese American community.

    The CANE 50th Anniversary Planning Committee formed in January 2021, to organize the 50th Anniversary event in 2023; publish the CANE Story from the perspective of those involved; and to collect and archive CANE documents and memorabilia.

    Your donation will support the CANE 50th Anniversary Planning Committee to fulfill these goals.

    *For check donations, please write checks to 'Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center' with 'CANE 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

    for more information about CANE's events please visit: https://cane50.org/

    Donate

  • REALSOUL

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

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

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


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

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

    Send checks to the address below:

    APICC
    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Donate

  • Francis Wong

    About Francis Wong

    Few musicians are as accomplished as Francis Wong, considered one of "the great saxophonists of his generation" by the late jazz critic Phil Elwood. A prolific recording artist, Wong is featured on more than forty titles as a leader and sideman. For over two decades he has performed his innovative brand of jazz and creative music for audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe with such with such luminaries as Jon Jang, Tatsu Aoki, Genny Lim,William Roper, Bobby Bradford, John Tchicai, James Newton, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye and the late Glenn Horiuchi.

    But to simply call the Bay Area native a musician would be to ignore his pioneering leadership in communities throughout Northern California. Wong's imaginative career straddles roles as varied as performing artist, youth mentor, composer, artistic director, community activist, non-profit organization manager, consultant, music producer, and academic lecturer. Key vehicles for his work are Asian Improv aRts, the company he co-founded with Jon Jang and as a Senior Fellow at the Wildflowers Institute. In addition, Wong was a California Arts Council Artist in Residence from 1992 through 1998, and a Meet The Composer New Resident in 2000-2003. In 2000-2001 he was a Rockefeller Next Generation Leadership Fellow. He has also been a guest member of the faculty at San Francisco State University (1996-98) and at University of California at Santa Cruz (1996-2001).

    ”I choose for my work to build community and to seek out how I, as an artist can meet the challenges that our community faces. In the Asian American community, the biggest challenge is continuity of culture and the impact of assimilation. Through music, I envision a way to create continuity through the integration of tradition and innovation.

    Francis Current project you can support!:

     

    Remembrance Rising: In Tribute to the World War II Comfort Women is an interdisciplinary work featuring poetry, dance, and music in dialogue with the public art piece Comfort Women Column of Strength Memorial in St. Mary’s Square in San Francisco Chinatown.

    Featuring composer/saxophonist Francis Wong, dancer and poet Lynn Huang, dancer Flora Hyoin Kim Han, tuba performer William Roper, violinist Sandy Poindexter, and multi-percussionist Karen Stackpole. Parallel to the performing arts work is a companion zine set, created and illustrated by Katie Quan, focusing on the experiences of comfort women, Jan Ruff-O’Herne and Maria Rosa Henson.

    Both projects are made possible through the inaugural Comfort Women Research and Creative Scholarship Small Grant Awards program. Presented by Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, and Lenora Lee Dance.

    There will be one indoor performance at the Manilatown Heritage Center on Friday 7-8pm 5/19 and one outdoor performance at the site of the Comfort Women Memorial in St. Mary’s that will be video recorded at 2pm-3pm on Saturday 5/20.

    Admission free!
    Please register here on Eventbrite

    Friday, May 19, 7-8pm, at Manilatown Heritage Foundation (868 Kearny St., SF)
    Saturday, May 20, 2-3pm, at St. Mary’s Square

     

    Donate

  • USAAF 2023 Calendar at a Glance

    APRIL EVENTS

     
     

    April 27, April 28-May 21

    Jade Wave Rising
    Curated by Yeu Q Nguyen
    Opening/Festival Kick-Off: Thu, April 27, 6pm

    April 28-May 21 @ SOMArts Cultural Center

     

    April 28

    Genny Lim
    Memory, Meaning and Memoir Workshop
    Fri, April 28 @ 5pm
    Virtual Event

     

     

    MAY EVENTS

     

     

    May 5

    Leslie Damaso
    SIRENA
    Fri, May 5 @ 8pm & Sat, May 6 @ 2pm
    Bindlestiff Studio

     

     

    May 6

    Genny Lim
    The Diaspora Writers' Group
    Sat, May 6 @ 4pm
    Virtual Event

     

     

    May 12

    Family Style Collective
    Shoes Off
    Opening Reception: Fri, May 12, 7pm
    Concert: Fri, May 26, 7pm
    Night Market: Sat, June 3
    Closing: Mon, June 12, 7pm

    Fri, May 12-June 12 @ 475 Haight Street

     

    May 12

    When Eyes Speak
    Ft. Duniya Dance and Drum and
    Radical South Asian History Tour

    Space, Place and Ancestry
    Fri, May 12 & May 13 @ 5pm
    May 14 @ 2pm
    Dance Mission Theatre and Mission District

     

    May 14

    Being, Belonging & Beyond -
    SF Bay Area AAPI Dance Film Festival*

    Co-Presented by 500 Capp Street & CAAM
    Sun, May 14 @ 2-8 PM
    Kapwa Gardens

     

    May 15

    VC Tang
    New Ingredients: A Virtual Storytelling
    Curry Tamale Cook-Along

    Mon, May 15 @ 5:30pm
    Virtual Event

     

    May 19-20

    pateldanceworks
    fault lines
    Fri, May 19 @ 6pm
    Sat, May 20 @ 2pm & 6pm
    Fort Funston

     

    May 21

    Lena Chen
    Hidden Histories, Radical Reimaginings
    Sun, May 21 @ 11am
    Virtual Event

     

    May 21

    Jade Wave Rising*
    Film Screening of "Manilatown Manang"
    Sun, May 21 @ 2pm
    SOMArts Cultural Center

     

    May 25

    Harvey Lozada
    “Son of Samoa” Community Film Screening
    POSTPONED; NEW DATE & LOCATION TBA

     

    May 26

    Ava Koohbor
    ffff: A Noise Cappella
    Fri, May 26 @ 6pm
    SPACE 124

     

    May 26-28

    Johnny Huy Nguyễn*
    No Country For Mother
    Fri, May 26 & Sat, May 27 @ 7:30pm
    Sun, May 28 @ 2:30pm
    Joe Goode Annex

     

    May 28

    Eth-Noh-Tec
    Strong Like Bamboo: Stories of Resilience
    for Healing in the Era of Anti-Asian Violence

    Sun, May 28 @ 2pm
    Oakland Asian Cultural Center

     

     

     

    JUNE EVENTS

     
     

    June 2

    King LOTUS BOY, Hennessy Williams,
    OBSIDIENNE OBSURD
    TRANSformASIANS: A Transgender & Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Showcase
    Fri, June 2 @ 7pm
    OASIS

     

    June 2-3

    Josh Icban
    To Cross- Agnake Tatang Ko
    POSTPONED; NEW DATE & LOCATION TBA

    June 4

    REIMAGINING HORIZONS SHOWCASE
    Featured APICC artists:
    Caroline Cabading
    Parivar Bay Area
    SPULU
    Shikha Malaviya
    Maw Shein Win
    Preeti Vangani
    Terry Lily Hwang

    Sun, June 4 @ 12:30pm
    Sunday Streets Tenderloin

     

    June 9


    Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project**
    19th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
    Opening Night - Fri, June 9 @ 7pm
    Featured Screenings: Sat, June 10
    @ 1pm, 3pm, & 8pm
    Sun, June 11 @ 1pm
    Closing Night: Sun, June 11 @ 5pm
    Online Encore Screening - TBD
    Presidio Theatre


     

    June 11

    Theresa Calpotura
    Musikang Halo-Halo: Starting to Mix
    Sun, June 11 @ 5pm
    Virtual Event

     

    June 15

    Hella Pinay
    Hella Pinay Radio IRL: Pride Edition
    Thu, June 15 @ 6pm
    Virtual Event

     


  • USAAF 2023 Calendar

    Welcome to the online calendar for the 26th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: REIMAGINING HORIZONS! In celebration of API Heritage Month, APICC is excited to present in-person and virtual programming this APRIL-JUNE, 2023.

    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 2023. 

    ACCESSIBILITY

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

     All in-person programs and events are wheelchair accessible. 
     This icon indicates which festival events will have ASL interpretation. 
    • 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:

     JADE WAVE RISING   •   REIMAGINING HORIZONS SHOWCASE   •   IN-PERSON & ONLINE EVENTS


    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

    Click above to view the full calendar of USAAF 2023 events organized by date.

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    Kick off the Festival with JADE WAVE RISING

    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.Jade Wave Rising
    Curated by Yeu Q Nguyen
    Co-Presented by AAWAA
    April 27-May 21 @ SOMArts Cultural Center

    Opening/Festival Kick-Off: Thu, April 27, 6pm
    Screening & Closing: Sun, May 21, 1 PM


    As the AAPI community reels from the ongoing waves of hate and violence, Jade Wave Rising: Portraits of Power celebrates
    Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s voices and pays homage to overlooked historical figures and community leaders.
    Inspired by the gemstone’s various metaphysical and cultural meanings in its association with power, jewelry and crowns,
    Jade Wave Rising establishes new legacies of leadership to imagine a more equitable future for AAPI women everywhere. 


    Healing Home with 500 CAPP Street and CAAM

    500 Capp Street, Asian Pacific Cultural Center (APICC), and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) co-presents
    Being, Belonging & Beyond - SF Bay Area AAPI Dance Film Festival.

        
    Being, Belonging & Beyond
    SF Bay Area AAPI Dance Film Festival
    Curated by Curated by APICC and Megan Lowe Dances
    Co-Presented by Megan Lowe Dances, 500 Capp Street, and CAAM
    Sun, May 14
    Kapwa Gardens

    2pm: Lenora Lee Dance

    3:45pm: Sammay Dizon, Yayoi Kambara, Alleluia Panis
    6pm: Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen with World Premiere of HOME(in)STEAD

    Screenings will include dance films by Lenora Lee Dance, Alleluia Panis, Sammay Dizon, Yayoi Kambara and culminates in the world premiere screening of HOME(in)STEADa site-specific dance work by 500 Capp Street artists-in-residence Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen - a performance that utilizes the historical David Ireland House as a visceral canvas for exploring means of feeling, finding, creating, and healing home through dynamic architecture-oriented movement and intimate contact partnering supported by live music, text, and installation.

     

     


    Cultivating Possibilities with USAAF: REIMAGINING HORIZONS

     

    APICC is partnering with Sunday Streets and Livable City to host the REIMAGINING HORIZONS Showcase
    at Sunday Streets Tenderloin on June 4, 2023. 

    Join us for a day of music, poetry, fashion, art-making, performances and more!

    RSVP HERE

    This showcase is free and open to the public.

    Featured APICC artists include:
    Caroline Cabading
    Parivar Bay Area
    SPULU
    Shikha Malaviya
    Maw Shein Win
    Preeti Vangani
    Terry Lily Hwang
    *More Tenderloin artists and performers will be announced.

    PROGRAM SCHEDULE TBD


    19th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
    A hearing Japanese woman glances over at the Deaf Japanese person beside her, both wearing face masks pulled below their chins.

     

    QWOCMAP will premiere 30 films in 6 screenings at the FREE
    19th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, June 9-11, 2023.
    From the lush sageness of memory, movement, and Indigenous traditions of environmental stewardship,
    to the transformation of grief, and the mycorrhizal relationships between love, collective care,
    and disability justice, these films liberate spores of sovereignty and survivance.

    Friday Opening Night Screening - Fri, June 9 @ 7PM-9:30PM
    Saturday Featured Screening - Sat, June 10 @ 1PM-2:30PM
    Saturday Featured Screening - Sat, June 10 @ 3PM-6PM
    Saturday Centerpiece Screening - Sat, June 10 @ 8PM-10PM
    Sunday Centerpiece Screening - Sun, June 11 @ 1PM-3:45PM
    Sunday Closing Night Screening - Sun, June 11 @ 5PM-7:45PM
    Online Encore Screening - TBD

    All films are Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and
    Audio Described for the Blind and Low Vision, and ASL interpretation
    will be provided along with many other forms of accessibility.


    IN-PERSON & ONLINE EVENTS

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

    Genny Lim
    Memory, Meaning and Memoir Workshop
    Fri, April 28 - Virtual Event


    Leslie Damaso
    SIRENA
    Fri, May 5 & Sat, May 6 @ Bindlestiff Studio
    Genny Lim
    The Diaspora Writers' Group
    Sat, May 6 - Virtual Event
    Illustration of Haw Mok steamed curry by Emily Ramai Kim

    When Eyes Speak: Indian Choreography Festival
    Space, Place and Ancestry
    Fri, May 12-May 14 @ Dance Mission Theatre
    and Mission District
    Illustration of Haw Mok steamed curry by Emily Ramai Kim

    VC Tang
    New Ingredients: A Virtual Storytelling
    Curry Tamale Cook-Along

    Mon, May 15 - Virtual Event
    A group of friends and one white dog, smiling, sitting on the floor and on an orange couch, in front of bookshelves filled with trinkets. A coffee table filled with mahjong pieces is in the foreground.Family Style Collective
    Shoes Off
    Fri, May 12-June 12 @ 475 Haight Street
    None
    pateldanceworks
    fault lines
    Fri, May 19 & Sat, May 20 @ Fort Funston
    Hearts & Minds graphic with event info using purple, red and dark pink colors of two heads that form a heart
    Lena Chen
    Hidden Histories, Radical Reimaginings
    Sun, May 21 - Virtual Event
    Harvey Lozada
        “Son of Samoa” Community Film Screening           TBD @ Roxie Theater
    Ava Koohbor
    ffff: A Noise Cappella
    Fri, May 26 @ SPACE 124
    Asian male dancer with short black hair wearing a grey green short sleeve button up and burnt orange shorts. He is in the air with an arched torso, his arms outstretched with his right leg following the arch of his torso and the left leg reaching for the ground. His eyes are partially closed and his expression shows a state of longing.
    Johnny Huy Nguyễn*
    No Country For Mother
    Fri, May 26, Sat, May 27 & Sun, May 28
    @ Joe Goode Annex
    A man in a purple robe and a woman in a red robe, both with red headbands, pose together with their hands pointed in different directions.
    Eth-Noh-Tec
    Strong Like Bamboo: Stories of Resiliencefor Healing in the Era of Anti-Asian Violence
    Sun, May 28 @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
    A portrait of SNJV, a South Asian and Fijian performance artist. SNJV has their eyes closed and mouth slightly ajar. They have a bright orange and yellow, transparent, traditional fabric draped over their face and head.
    King LOTUS BOY, Hennessy Williams,
    OBSIDIENNE OBSURD
    TRANSformASIANS: A Transgender & Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Showcase
    Fri, June 2 @ OASIS
    Long haired guitar player wearing a brown jacket stands on right side of center and holds orange electric guitar up to a blue sky in a dry grass field
    Josh Icban
    To Cross: Aganakake Tatang Ko
    TBD (This event has been postponed. Please check back for updates!) @ Bindlestiff Studios
    An Asian person holds a hand mirror that partially hides their enigmatic expression. White eyeliner curves up from the outer corner of their eyes and down from the inner corner to their nose. Their black dress is printed with white eyes.
    Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
    19th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
    Fri, June 9 - Presidio Theater
    A female musician of mixed Filipina heritage sits holding her guitar while being surrounded by various instruments, including a kutiyapi, gabbang, and kubing.
    Theresa Calpotura
    Musikang Halo-Halo: Starting to Mix
    Sun, June 11 - Virtual Event
    Hella Pinay
    Hella Pinay Radio IRL: Pride Edition
    Thu, June 15 - Virtual Event
     
     

    #USAAF2023 #ReimaginingHorizons

    APICC STAFF

    Vinay Patel, Executive Director
    Melanie Elvena
    , Artistic Director
    Jo Alvarado, Program Manager
    TJ Basa, Office Manager
    Angelo DelArte, Program Intern


    Den Legaspi, ARC and TYPE Design, Graphic Designer


    USAAF 2023 JURORS

    Johnny Huy Nguyen, dancer/choreographer
    Susie Kagami, KOHO SF Japantown 
    Raj Rao, Parivar Bay Area

    USAAF 2023 Designs by Den Design

    Thank you to all of APICC's partners:

                 

       
            
              
     

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  • USAAF 2023 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, 2023.
    • 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 2023 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
     
    $3000 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

    $5000 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

  • USAAF 2023 Application Checklist

    When filling out the USAAF 2023 online application, please make sure to have prepared:

    ARTIST/GROUP INFORMATION

    • Name of Artist/Group
    • Contact Name (If different from Artist/Group name)
    • Pronouns
    • 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 - Reimagining Horizons:
      • How can we (re)discover and (re)construct the horizons of possibility for our selves, our communities, and our dreams?
      • As we reckon with newfound insights and intentions post-pandemic, what does it mean to embrace abundance and celebrate our expansiveness?
      • How can AAPI visionaries imagine a future where we arrive beside, and in solidarity with, our BIPOC communities?
      • How do we harness and honor our collective power socially and politically as AAPIs?

     
    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.

     


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