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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.

     


  • USAAF 2023

    UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2023

    REIMAGINING HORIZONS

     

    The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces and celebrates the 26th Annual United States of Asian America Festival.

    Each year, the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents up to 20 different programs reflecting the artistic accomplishments and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s Pacific Islander and Asian American communities. USAAF showcases artists representing a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups and aims to heighten the visibility of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists working in all disciplines - theater, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts, and more! Our goal is to nurture and empower these groups to be self-sufficient while providing the support they need to grow. 

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

    This year’s theme, REIMAGINING HORIZONS, asks us to reimagine and reconstruct the bridges between before and beyond. It acknowledges the questions, uncertainties, and processes that arise as we create new ways of being and belonging in a critically transformed world. The festival honors the constant negotiation of the past and present so that we may build towards our collective and generative futures. Artists are invited to explore the following:

    • 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?

     

    WORKSHOP SLIDES

    FAQ


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPEN

     

    APPLY NOW

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE
    Sunday, November 30, 2022 at 11:59PM PST

     

    Review this year's Submission Guidelines below:

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

    FESTIVAL THEME

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

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

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

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

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

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

    DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FORMAT

    ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE AT 11:59PM PST ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021. No late submissions will be accepted. All files must be submitted through the online submission form.

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

    Students and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

    APPLICATION CHECKLIST

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Application Q&A #1 – Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 5:30-6:30 PM PST
    Application Q&A #2 – Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 3:00-4:00 PM PST
    Application Deadline – Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 11:59PM PST
    Artists Notified – December 17, 2022


    For selected producing artists:
    Mandatory Orientation – Early January (Specific Date TBD)
    Contract Deadline – Friday, December 30, 2022
    Marketing Copy Deadline – Friday, February 24, 2023
    Workshop Dates – January-March 2023 (Specific Dates TBD)
    Festival Kick-Off – Friday, April 28, 2023 (Open to the public)

     
    APPLICATION WORKSHOPS & FAQ

    We have scheduled two application workshops:
    WORKSHOP #1: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 5:30-6:30 PM PST.
    WORKSHOP #2: Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 3:00-4:00 PM PST.

    Missed our Application Workshops? Check out our Presentation Slides and our FAQ.

    If you still have questions about your application, please contact Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected]


  • Kommunity Kultura

    "Kommunity Kultura" is a traditional Philippine music, movement and cultural education program taking place once a month on a Saturday afternoon. This program emphasizes instruction on the pre-colonial Philippine gong music traditions of Kulintang from the Maguindanao, Maranao and Tausug tribes of the southern Philippines. Students will experience these cultures' interpretations of interlocking community percussion music. These music forms are centuries old aural traditions with established musical protocols and strong links to tribal culture. Out of respect for these protocols, the music forms will be taught in the traditional manner and within the cultural context embraced by the tribes they represent. Since dance is also integral to both art forms, basic dance movement may also be included in this program.

    Taught by Caroline Cabading and the Kultura Kapwa Community of Practice

    DATES & LOCATIONS
     

    Saturday, August 27th

    2pm International Hotel Manilatown Center
    868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

    Saturday, September 17th

    1pm Filipino Cultural Center
    814 Mission Street, San Francisco

    Saturday, October 22nd

    1pm Filipino Cultural Center

    Saturday, November 19th

    1pm Filipino Cultural Center

    Saturday, December 17th

    2pm International Hotel Manilatown Center

    LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE>


    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Caroline Cabading, a 4th generation Filipina-San Franciscan is a steward of the pre-colonial Philippine music of Kalinga and Mindanao. Her work is strongly informed by her connection to tribal Culture Bearers in the Philippines as well as her engagement with an American-Filipino community that has been contributing to San Francisco’s history since the turn of the century. As a college student, when Caroline heard Philippine kulintang music for the very first time, her DNA somehow also “remembered” it. Thus began a 25-year study of ancestral Philippine music that continues today with her annual visits to the tribal lands to deepen her studies. As a lifelong student and enthusiast of traditional Philippine culture, she produces, performs and teaches through the Manilatown Heritage Foundation’s “Kommunity Kultura” educational program. She has studied kulintang music for over 25 years and Kalinga percussion, singing and backstrap weaving for over five years. Her traditional Philippine ensemble, “Kultura Kapwa” performs throughout the Bay Area and teaches traditional Philippine culture to K-12 school children through Young Audiences of Northern California.

    SPONSORS & FUNDERS

    Kommunity Kultura is sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts

    Kommunity Kultura has also been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter & Elise Hass Fund, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

    For more information about Kommunity Kultura, please visit: www.manilatown.org/events or email [email protected].

     

    WHEN
    August 27, 2022 at 6:00pm - December 17, 2022 at 5:00pm
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  • Expanding the APICC Community: Apply to be our next Program Manager


    Graphic containing image of the APICC team: Vinay Patel, Melanie Elvena and Diana Li.
    (Photo by Joyce Xi)

    The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center is seeking a passionate individual interested in fulfilling the roll of our next Program Manager! We're grateful to Diana Li, who, for the last FIVE years, has coordinated artists and supported the production and promotion of APICC's programs and events, including the annual United States of Asian America Festival. As Diana moves on to further her role at the Asian American Women Artists Association, APICC looks forward to expanding our community in meeting new candidates to join our team.

    Read more

  • USAAF 2022: Generations of Power

    Festival Recap

    Dear Community,

    Now that our festival has come to a close, I am feeling energized and so grateful to have witnessed what our artists have been able to achieve while APICC celebrated 25 years of presenting and promoting AAPI art and our unique experiences living here in the US. AAPI art and artists are truly part of the core that uplifts our communities! This year, in the spirit of Generations of Power, we are not only healing in the shadow of an ongoing pandemic and recent anti-Asian violence, but we are withstanding and ultimately thriving! I’m so proud that we were able to produce mostly in-person events with safety in mind as we hosted 2 PCR testing sites with Molecular Matrix at our opening and outdoor showcase. We also distributed more than 9,000 free rapid antigen tests to artists and community members.

    Some of this year’s highlights included:

    • APA Heritage Foundation honoring APICC with one of its AAPI Organizations Awards in honor of our 25th anniversary year.
    • Our first in person opening reception in almost 3 years at Grow Our Souls! Special guests who came out to support included Director of Cultural Affairs Ralph Remington, District Supervisor Gordon Mar, and many of SF Arts Commission’s program officers.
    • Our Japantown Peace Plaza Generations of Power Showcase in partnership with Japantown Task Force and SF Recreation and Parks truly celebrated the richness of our intergenerational cultures with music, dance, and poetry.
    • One of our Featured Artists, Macro Waves, gave us space to relish in our breath again with workshops and installations during breath.io.
    • We had some meaningful partnerships and co-presentations with ODC Dance Commons for Megan Lowe and Sammay’s presentations as well as with the Legion of Honor that hosted GAPA Theatre and GAPA Chorus’s variety showcase.
    • We even had 2 world premieres of films honoring the history and resilience of Filipino Americans with Searching for Kapwa and Sa Amin.
    • Celebrating milestone anniversaries for San Francisco’s AAPI community with Kearny Street Workshop (50 years), Asian Improv aRts (35 years) and APICC’s United States of Asian America Festival (25 years)

      
    Amidst all the joy and celebration, I am also reminded by our communities that as political forces attempt to reduce our rights and silence our voices, we must continue advocating for ourselves and each other. Next year, we will take up space and tell more of our stories, and I look forward to further supporting our local AAPI artists and communities.

    Sincerely,

    Melanie Elvena
    Artistic Director

     

    THANK YOU

    JURORS

    Aureen Almario
    Ravi Chandra
    Yukiya Jerry Waki

    GENERATIONS OF POWER 
    SHOWCASE CREW

    Sound Innovations
    ToneOnTop Productions
    Susie Kagami

    ASL INTERPRETERS

    Nicole Carlos Watson
    Rob Merino
    Kristen Del Rosario
    Mitchell Perilla

    PUBLIC RELATIONS

    Paloma Concordia
    PapaLoDown Agency

    DOCUMENTATION

    Diana Chen
    Jason Chew
    Lenore Chinn
    Mark Shigenaga

    APICC STAFF

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

    APICC BOARD

    Yukiya Jerry Waki
    Janey Madamba
    Pamela Wu Kochiyama
    Vinay Patel

    PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

    "Free arts and entertainment events and performances to enjoy in the S.F. Bay Area" 
    Anne Schrager, SF Chronicle Datebook, May 12, 2022

    "As Marcos Rises to Power, a Dance Ritual Helps Filipino Americans Process Grief, Fear" 
    Rayanne Piaña, KQED Arts, June 13, 2022

    "AAPI heritage month: festivals, fine art, fun, fashion and more" 
    Bay City News, San Francisco Examiner, May 10, 2022

    "San Francisco celebrates Asian heritage through community bonds" 
    Tomo Hirai, Nichi Bei Weekly, May 12, 2022

    "Piece of Peace Reflections" 
    Vera Yin, Megan Lowe Dances

    "CAMP Podcast Special Edition: Angela Han" 
    Eunmi Ko, Contemporary Art Music Project, June 27, 2022

    "Mark Izu’s reflective journey through music with ‘Songs For J-Town’ April 23" 
    Nichi Bei Weekly Report, April 14, 2022

    "Mark Izu’s ‘Songs for J-Town’ evokes memories and hopes" 
    Tomo Hirai, Nichi Bei Weekly, April 28, 2022

    WATCH ONLINE

    USAAF 2022 YouTube Playlist

    Including videos from the Grow Our Souls opening, Generations of Power showcase performances, Realms of Courage Composers Panels and Wise Women:


  • Spring Quarterly Gathering

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

  • Asian American Arts Network of the Bay Area

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

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

     

    Home Page - California Arts Council

     


     

    Why We Need Culturally Competent Asian American ASL Interpreters!

    Panel Discussion with the Bay Area Asian Deaf Association (BAADA)

    Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
    Time: 2-4 PM
    Location: Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Image description: On the upper left corner is the APICC: Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center logo. It is a brown rectangle with white font. On the upper right corner is the BAADA logo in red and black. Below the logos are four circular images of the panelists on a teal background. From left to right:

    • William Wong: He has short, white hair and round, silver glasses. He is wearing a green button shirt. Outside his picture, to the right, is a purple thought bubble that says "Integrity".
    • Michelle Yook: She has short black hair, tied behind her hair and a hair clip on the right side of her head. She has thin, rimless glasses and is wearing a green shirt over a white button up top. Outside her image. To the right, is an orange speech bubble that says" Acknowledging differences."
    • Jeongin Weber: She has short, black hair tied back in a ponytail. She has thin, round glasses and a white top. To the left of her picture is a green thought bubble that says "Respect".
    • Teresa Truong: She has long, black hair tied in a ponytail. She is wearing a black jacket with pink straps on her sling bag. To the left of her image is a yellow speech bubble that says "Understanding culture".

    In white font and a navy blue background:

    "Why we need culturally competent Asian American ASL interpreters!
    Place: Blindlestiff Studio
    185 6th St. San Francisco, CA 94103
    Date: Saturday, December 3 2022,
    Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    Cost: Free
    Transportation: Powell BART to Blindlestiff walking by 9 minutes
    Any questions, please email at mailto:[email protected]"

    The the bottom left is a map from the BART station to Blindlestiff Studio.


     

    ANGELA HAN: WEST OF PARADISE

    Opening Reception

    Date: Saturday, November 19th, 2022
    Time: 6-9 PM
    Location: International Hotel Manilatown Center

     

    The Opening Reception of “Angela Han: West of Paradise” will also coincide with the AAPI Bay Area Arts Convening co-presented by APICC.

    Get ready for a night of storytelling and world-building as Angela Han regales the audience with Chinese myths that inspired her “West of Paradise” masterpieces. Attendees will be encouraged to use their imaginations to complete her stories and create a speculative paradise that bolsters AAPI creators! A series of engaging prompts exploring the state of AAPI women in the arts in the Bay Area and beyond will follow each story, allowing attendees the opportunity to bring into reality a “true” home for AAPI women artists where they are respected, celebrated, and whole-heartedly supported.

    REGISTER NOW


  • USAAF 2022 Calendar at a Glance

    Calendar of USAAF 2022 events organized by date:

     
     

    MAY EVENTS

     
     

    April 29, April 30-May 22

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

     

    May 1-7

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

     

    May 1-June 26

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

     

    May 14

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

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

    May 14

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

     
      
    May 21-22

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

     
    May 28

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

    May 14

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

     
    May 26

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

    JUNE EVENTS

     
     

    June 3 & 18

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

     

    June 4

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

     

    June 4

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

    June 5 & 10

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

     

    June 9

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

     

    June 9

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

     

    June 10-12

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

    June 10-11 & 17

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

     

    June 11

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

     

    June 30

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

     


  • USAAF 2022 Calendar

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

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

    ACCESSIBILITY

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

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

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

    Click below to skip to a section:

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


    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

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

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    KICK OFF THE FESTIVAL WITH GROW OUR SOULS 

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

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

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

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


    Celebrating 25 Years of USAAF with Generations of Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Celebrate Kearny Street Workshop's 50 Year Anniversary!

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

    Asian Improv aRts' 35th Anniversary Celebration Festival



    GENERATIONS OF POWER SHOWCASE

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

    RSVP HERE

    This showcase is free and open to the public.

    PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    12:00-12:15PM

    Introductions

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

    Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
    Sugilanon

    1:00-1:50PM

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

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

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

     

    2:40-2:55PM

    First Voice
    Return of the Sun

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

    Leela Youth Dance Company
    Youth Rising

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

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


    IN-PERSON & ONLINE EVENTS

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

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

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

    #USAAF2022 #GenerationsofPower

    APICC STAFF

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

    APICC BOARD

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


    USAAF 2022 JURORS

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

    USAAF 2022 Designs by ARC & TYPE

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  • Bay Area Arts Together

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

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  • USAAF 2022

    UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2022

    GENERATIONS OF POWER

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

    Each year, the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents up to 20 different programs reflecting the artistic accomplishments and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s Pacific Islander and Asian American communities. USAAF showcases artists representing a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups and aims to heighten the visibility of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists working in all disciplines - theater, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts, and more! Our goal is to nurture and empower these groups to be self-sufficient while providing the support they need to grow. 

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

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

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


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

    Click below to skip to a certain section:

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


    USAAF 2022 CALENDAR

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

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


    FESTIVAL ARTISTS

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

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

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

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

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

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


    PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

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

    Budget & Fundraising
    Wednesday, January 19 @ 6pm

    Marketing & Publicity
    Monday, January 31 @ 6pm

    Hybrid Programming
    Monday, February 14 @ 6pm

    Taxes for Artists
    Monday, March 14 @ 6pm

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

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

     


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW CLOSED

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

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

     

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

    FESTIVAL THEME

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

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

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

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

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

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

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

    DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FORMAT

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

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

    Students and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

    APPLICATION CHECKLIST

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES

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

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

    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED 

     
    APPLICATION WORKSHOPS 

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


  • USAAF 2022 Application Checklist

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

    ARTIST/GROUP INFORMATION

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

    EVENT INFORMATION

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

    SHORT EVENT DESCRIPTION

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

    PROJECT PROPOSAL

    In 500 words or less, please:

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

     
    BUDGET

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

    GROUP OR ARTIST BIO & RESUME/CV

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

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


    GROUP/ARTIST STATEMENT

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

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT MATERIALS

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

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

     


  • USAAF 2022 Award Levels & Eligibility

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

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

    LEVELS OF SUPPORT

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

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

    PROMOTIONAL EVENT

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

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

     
    SELF-PRODUCED VIRTUAL EVENT

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

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

     
    SELF-PRODUCED IN-PERSON EVENT

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

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

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

     
    CO-PRESENTED OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE

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

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

    $1000 total award in artist fees to selected producing artist
     

    CO-PRESENTED OUTDOOR PRODUCTION

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

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

  • Memory, Meaning and Memoir

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS

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

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

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

    ABOUT GENNY LIM

    Photo by Leon Sun.

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

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

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

     

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    Press Content for the United States of Asian America Festival 2020

    USAAF 2021 Press Release

    SF CHRONICLE DATEBOOK

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

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

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

    LOCAL TV NEWS

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

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

    FEATURES

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

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

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

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

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

    LISTINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

    24th Annual USAAF
    SF/Arts - May, 2021

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


  • USAAF 2021 Festival Recap

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