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  • KSW50: To Imagine is to Exist Gala

    APICC is proud to celebrate Kearny Street Workshop's 50 Year Anniversary as part of the 25th Annual United States of Asian America Festival.

    Join a Gala filled with entertainment from a star-studded line up, an auction of art and goods, delicious appetizers and cocktails, and a celebration of KSW’s 50 years as a force and home for empowering APA communities.

    2022 marks 50 years of making community out of artists, artists out of community, and creating programs that reflect our life experiences, histories, and dreams. Five decades of creating programs that reflect our life experiences, histories, and dreams. Events will begin next year and continue into 2023. This programming will commemorate our roots in San Francisco’s International Hotel, uplift the movements and issues our artists and organizers have engaged in throughout the years, and celebrate the transformative power of Asian Pacific American arts. 

    ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

     

    ABOUT KEARNY STREET WORKSHOP

    Founded in 1972, during the height of the Asian American cultural movement, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country.

    Through collaborations with other arts organizations and cultural communities, both locally and nationally, KSW provides a forum for Asian American artists of different media to reach a wide, diverse audience. The American Jazz Festival, started by KSW in 1981 flourishes to the present day.

    Learn more at www.kearnystreet.org/ksw50
    Sponsorship opportunities and tickets will be available in varying capacities starting in April.
    @kearnystreetworkshop #KSW50

    WHEN
    June 11, 2022 at 5:00pm
    WHERE
    SF Mint, Zoom and YouTube
    88 5th St
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    United States
    Google map and directions
    $75.00 USD · rsvp

  • Realms of Courage Composers Panels

    Join us for a series of panel discussions featuring phenomenal composers from the “Realms of Courage: Celebrating Asian Women Composers” project!

    “Realms of Courage” amplifies fifteen composers who identify as Asian women through art inspired by their music and lived experiences. The Realms of Courage Composers include: Wang Jie, Theresa Wong, Theresa Calpotura, Shruthi Rajasekar, Midori Larsen, Melissa Dunphy, Liliya Ugay, Kyong Mee Choi, Julie Zhu, Juhi Bansal, Jennifer Jolley, Jean Ahn, Emily Koh, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, and Bosba Panh.

    Each of the five panels in this series provides the public with an opportunity to engage with three featured composers. Listen to their words of wisdom, learn from their creative process, and ask them questions in real time. How will you be inspired?

    “Realms of Courage: Celebrating Women Composers” is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. Project presented by Angela Han Art LLC.

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Bosba Panh, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Emily Koh, Jean Ahn, Jennifer Jolley, Juhi Bansal, Julie Zhu, Kyong Mee Choi, Liliya Ugay, Melissa Dunphy, Midori Larsen, Shruthi Rajasekar, Theresa Calpotura, Theresa Wong, Wang Jie

    ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

    Angela Han is an Asian-American artist, musician, and educator who creates art inspired by music and mythology. Her work celebrates the creativity and courage of women, while igniting the imagination through curious questions and thoughtful world-building. A classically trained pianist, she graduated from Cornell University with a degree in music and psychology. 

    Follow Angela Han Art LLC on Instagram and Facebook
    #RealmsOfCourage #AsianWomenComposers

    PANEL DATES

    Listen to their words of wisdom, learn from their creative process, and ask them questions in real time. How will you be inspired?

    All panels are free and open to the public to register.

    WHEN
    May 01, 2022 at 1:00pm - June 26, 2022 at 1:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
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  • Expansions // Horizons: Asian Improv aRts' 35th Anniversary Celebration Festival

    APICC is proud to celebrate Asian Improv aRts' 35 Year Anniversary as part of the 25th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Generations of Power.

    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. Come join us for two unique programs of music, dance, and film, bringing together a national lineup representing multiple generations of AIR artists, as we celebrate this historic milestone and look forward to the future with radical imagination.

    FEATURED PERFORMANCES AND ARTISTS

    Kioto Aoki (taiko / percussion), Chicago
    Tatsu Aoki (taiko / shamisen), Chicago
    Karl Evangelista (guitar), Bay Area 
    Marina Fukushima (dance), Bay Area 
    Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Bay Area 
    YiTing (Gama) Hsu (dance), Taiwan / Bay Area 
    Hien Huynh (dance), Bay Area
    Christopher Lam (Vietnamese Monochord - Đàn Bầu), Bay Area 
    Jacqueline Lam (Vietnamese zither - Đàn Tranh), Bay Area 
    William Roper (tuba), Los Angeles 
    Karen Stackpole (multiple percussion), Bay Area
    Melody Takata (taiko), Bay Area  
    Francis Wong (saxophone), Bay Area
    And additional artists TBA

    ABOUT ASIAN IMPROV ARTS

    Since 1987, Asian Improv aRts (AIR) has built a national cross-cultural, interdisciplinary community rooted in social justice and equity, advancing artists who create innovative works representing Asian and Asian American experiences. AIR’s impact has been far-reaching; building the strength, sustainability and national visibility of Asian American arts and culture, embedded in community-based work with an authentic Asian American voice and grounded in a social justice approach that has deep connections to BIPOC communities. Over its 35 years, AIR has produced more than 100 recordings of Asian American artists, chronicling a legacy of Asian artistic excellence in the U.S. and mentored many artists in their early stages, some of whom are now luminaries in their field, such as Vijay Iyer and Jen Shyu.

    PROGRAM TIMES & TICKET INFORMATION

    Thursday, June 30, 2022
    Program A: 6-7pm PST, and
    Program B: 7:30-8:30pm PST

    Tickets will be available through the Asian Art Museum website.

    The Asian Art Museum strives to be welcoming and accessible to all. Please visit their Accessibility page to see a full list of accommodations, including complimentary assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, and wheelchairs. Please note that for some accommodations, they require at least two weeks advance notice.

    WHEN
    June 30, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street (at McAllister St
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    United States
    Google map and directions
    $10.00 USD · rsvp

  • Convergent Waves: Boston

    Asian Art Museum in collaboration with Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, and Lenora Lee Dance present a World Premiere of Convergent Waves: SF, with site-responsive, multimedia dance performances by Lenora Lee Dance.

    From the award winning site-responsive, multimedia dance company Lenora Lee Dance, comes their newest performance piece Convergent Waves: SF, engaging viewers across the country in 2022 and 2023. Audiences are guided through a journey set in the Asian Art Museum to see unfolding stories of community agency, resilience, and transformation. Visitors experience a collective statement for the preservation of community, as neighborhoods across the country face cultural erosion, loss of businesses, and displacement through the pandemic and gentrification.

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Conceived, Produced & Directed by Lenora Lee

    Choreography by Lenora Lee in collaboration with the performers 

    Performers / Dance Collaborators: Naoko Brown, IJ Chan, Flora Hyoin Kim Han, Lynn Huang, Hien Huynh, SanSan Kwan, Johnny Huy Nguyen

    Music composed by Vijay Iyer, performed by Fieldwork, Vijay Iyer Trio, Miranda Cuckson, Michi Wianko, Kyle Arrmbust, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, and Wadada Leo Smith. Additional recordings composed and performed by Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith. Composition by Francis Wong performed by Francis Wong, Deszon X. Claiborne, and Tatsu Aoki. Composition and performance by Tatsu Aoki, with Kioto Aoki, Jamie Kempkers, and Edward Wilkerson Jr.

    ABOUT LENORA LEE DANCE

    Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) integrates contemporary dance, film, music, and research and has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, incarceration, global conflict, and its impacts, particularly on women and families. The company creates works that are both set in public and private spaces, intimate and at the same time large-scale, inspired by individual stories as well as community strength, at times crafted for the proscenium, or underwater, or in the air, and at times are site-responsive, immersive and interactive. For the last 14 years LLD has been pushing the envelope of large-scale multimedia, and immersive dance performance that connects various styles of movement and music to culture, history and human rights issues. Its work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement and educational programming. www.LenoraLeeDance.com

    PERFORMANCE TIMES

    Asian Art Museum
    Thursday, June 9, 2022
    6:00 - 7:00pm, and 7:30 - 8:30pm

    Tickets will be available through the Asian Art Museum website.

    The Asian Art Museum strives to be welcoming and accessible to all. Please visit their Accessibility page to see a full list of accommodations, including complimentary assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, and wheelchairs. Please note that for some accommodations, they require at least two weeks advance notice.

    WHEN
    June 09, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street (at McAllister St
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    United States
    Google map and directions
    $10.00 USD · rsvp

  • 18th Annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival

    QWOCMAP will premiere 35 films in 5 screenings for our FREE 18th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, June 10-12, 2022 at the Presidio Theatre in the Presidio national park. The 2022 Festival Focus, “Love, Embodied” transmits networks of liberatory intimacy and collective care that traverse time and place. From the pulse of remembrance to plexus of kinship and community, to laughter that quickens to desire and the rhythmic rituals of dance and poetry, these films breathe expansive possibility into love and birth new worlds. All films are Subtitled for 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.

    ABOUT QWOCMAP

    QWOCMAP creates, exhibits, and distributes high-impact films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender & transgender), and gender variant and transgender people of color (of any orientation), and challenge the roots of vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities.

    Follow QWOCMAP on social media:
    Instagram: @qwocmap
    Twitter: @qwocmapsf
    Facebook: facebook.com/qwocmap

    EVENT DATES

    Friday Opening Night Screening - Fri, June 10 @ 7PM-9:30PM
    Saturday Featured Screening - Sat, June 11 @ 3PM-5:30PM
    Saturday Centerpiece Screening - Sat, June 11 @ 7PM-9:30PM
    Sunday Centerpiece Screening - Sun, June 12 @ 1PM-3:30PM
    Sunday Closing Night Screening - Sun, June 12 @ 5PM-7:30PM

    WHEN
    June 10, 2022 at 7:00pm - June 12, 2022 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Presidio Theatre
    99 Moraga Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • Hearts & Minds

    A production by GAPA Theatre + GAPA Men’s Chorus

    Hearts & Minds is a collaborative production featuring selected works by GAPA Men’s Chorus and a collection of new works developed by GAPA Theatre, an intergenerational collective of storytellers speaking to the hearts and minds of the LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander lived experience. 

    ABOUT GAPA THEATRE + GAPA MEN'S CHORUS

    GAPA Theatre is an intergenerational collective of QTAPI storytellers mentored by supporting their artistic development through skills building workshops, hosting public readings and producing full-length performances.

    Established in 1989, GAPA Men's Chorus provides a showcase for the vocal musical talents of gay, bisexual and transgender Asian & Pacific Islander men.

    Follow GAPA Theatre on Facebook and Instagram
    WHEN
    June 04, 2022 at 2:00pm
    WHERE
    Gunn Theater at the Legion of Honor
    100 34th Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94121
    United States
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  • breath.io

    APICC is proud to present Macro Waves as this year's FEATURED ARTIST for the 25th Annual United States of Asian America Festival. 

    Breath.io is a multi-sensory installation that serves 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.

    Breath.io follows a science fiction narrative in a future utopian reality where humans have reached a higher state of consciousness through the praxis of collective care. Visitors are invited inside the space to participate in a futuristic meditation experience. Entering the installation, an instructional meditation video led by intergenerational guides greets visitors through a series of body movements and breathing exercises. An interactive light sculpture in the center of the installation space leads the visitors through a collective breath exercise. Participants will be encouraged to breathe together in synchronization, symbolizing community union as a form of radical healing. This light sculpture synchronized with the audio-guided meditation will slowly fade bright to dim, mimicking human breath.

    Learn more at macrowaves.xyz/breath-io

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Macro Waves is Robin Birdd David, Jeffrey Yip and Dominic Cheng. Other collaborative artists TBD.

    ABOUT MACRO WAVES

    Macro Waves is a Bay Area-based art collective producing immersive experiences that center social equity through conceptual art, new media, and design. As artists, designers, and creative technologists of color, we embrace collaboration in our creative practice of transforming spaces into places for human connection, exploration, and play.

    Follow Macro Waves at @macro_waves_
    #breath.io. @swim.gallery

    EVENT DATES

    Opening Reception: Sun, Jun 5 @ 3-6PM

    Live Sound Event & Breath workshop: Fri, Jun 10 @ 7-10PM

    More details on open gallery dates and registration coming soon.

    WHEN
    June 05, 2022 at 3:00pm - June 27, 2022 at 3:00pm
    WHERE
    SWIM Gallery
    509 Ellis St
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    United States
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  • ritual for thrivation no. 2

    Filipinx American choreographer and healer SAMMAY will premiere ritual for thrivation no. 2 at the State of Play Festival presented by ODC Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA on the unceded ancestral lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone. In a world that has forgotten its inherent responsibility to the earth and each other, this ritual performance and space-time continuum poses ancestral reverence, intergenerational healing, and urban-indigenous futurism as urgent and fundamental to alleviating our current climate crisis.

    ritual for thrivation no. 2 will convene an intergenerational Filipinx collective to explore themes of futurism, sovereignty, desire, abundance, and collective care. With Araw ng Kalayaan just around the corner, we will ask the fundamental question: how do we move from a perpetual stasis of survival to palpable thrivation? This is a question for your mama, papa, lola, lolo, tito, tita, tita, that tita and certainly that tita of yours, too.

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    SAMMAY
    AstraLogik
    Danielle Galvez
    Harold Albert Galvez
    Jai Severson
    Justine Villanueva
    Tessa Nebrida
    Cara Zamora Palanca
    Lisa Suguitan Melnick
    Stephanie Gancayco
    Dave Ragaza
    Malaya Tuyay
    and guests artists

    ABOUT SAMMAY

    SAMMAY Peñaflor Dizon is a Filipinx American choreographer, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural producer of Bikol, Kapampangan, and Ilokano descent. Their performances explore the body as a site of memory, resistance, and reclamation for collective healing and liberation. Their practice explores dance as a bridge between earth and the ancestral realm.

    Follow SAMMAY on Instagram and Facebook
    Follow ODC on Instagram and Facebook
    #ritualforthrivation2 #sammayproductions #stateofplayfestival

    EVENT DATES

    Friday, June 10, 8 PM
    Saturday, June 11, 8 PM
    Digital Stream Friday, June 17, 7:30 PM

    Tickets available at odc.dance/sammay

    WHEN
    June 10, 2022 at 8:00pm - June 17, 2022 at 8:00pm
    WHERE
    ODC Theater
    3153 17th St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    United States
    Google map and directions
    $15.00 USD · rsvp

  • Piece of Peace

    “What are you?” “Where are you from?” “No, where are you really from?” “I mean, what is your ethnic background?” Piece of Peace, explores mixed-race Asian American Pacific Islander experiences, with an artistic team composed of folks who identify in this way. Through thoughtful text, soulful song, and dynamic dancing, Megan Lowe Dances invites collaborators to share stories of fractured selves and longings to belong, co-creating a supportive environment for connection. This dance is in partnership with ODC's State of Play Festival and APICC's United States of Asian America Festival.

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Megan Lowe (directing, choreography, dance, performance, music)
    Melissa Lewis Wong (choreography, dance, performance, music)
    Jose Abad (choreography, dance, performance, music)
    Marica Petrey (music)
    Zachary Abelson (music)
    Maurice Ramirez (photography)

    ABOUT MEGAN LOWE DANCES

    Megan Lowe Dances (MLD) creates works with a “well-hewn emotional arc, a strong sense of form and meaningful variation, and terrific organic use of the whole theater space” (SF Chronicle). Directed by a fierce female choreographer of Chinese and Irish descent, MLD tackles unusual physical situations and invents compelling solutions, opening up the imagination to what is possible.

    Follow Megan Lowe Dances on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo

    EVENT DATES

    Friday, June 3, 3:30 PM at Studio B, ODC Dance Commons 

    Saturday, June 18, 3:45 PM Digital Stream

    (Workshops TBD)

    Tickets available at odc.dance/pieceofpeace

    WHEN
    June 03, 2022 at 3:30pm - June 17, 2022 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Studio B, ODC Dance Commons
    351 Shotwell St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    United States
    Google map and directions
    $7.00 USD · rsvp

  • Lumayo Ka Sa Araw (Stay Away From The Sun)

    Lumayo Ka Sa Araw (Stay Away from the Sun) is a multi-disciplinary work by KKSILOG, interdisciplinary artist collaborative Kim Requesto and Kim Acebo Arteche, that explores themes of healing generational trauma from within their matriarchal lineages through (temporary) installation, photography, video projection, and dance. Informed by dance ritual movement in their respective trainings in Black vernacular dance (street dance), and Philippine folkloric dance, KKSILOG weaves together reflective dialogue between the experiences of their mothers and grandmothers with their present-day experiences of colonial beauty standards, colorism, self-worth, productivity, and internalized capitalism.

    “Lumayo Ka Sa Araw” offers loving reflections on the healing process of witnessing their mothers' & grandmothers' traumas, and encouraging acceptance and self-love in their matriarchal lineages. KKSILOG hopes to plant seeds of transformation by normalizing upward generational healing--tending to and healing the soil that they grew from.

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Kim Requesto, Kim Acebo Arteche

    ABOUT KKSILOG

    Lumayo Ka Sa Araw is KKSILOG’s first official collaboration. Process-driven through lenses of transformational generational healing, Requesto & Arteche work with both historic and family archives, including photographs, text messages, voicemails, and recorded dialogues with their mothers/grandmothers to understand and create reflections of these experiences of beauty standards, skin color, self-worth, productivity, and internalized capitalism.

    Follow KKSILOG at @kimbr @kimrequesto
    #KKSILOG #LumayoKaSaAraw

    TICKETS

    Sliding scale tickets available at $0-30 on Eventbrite:

    WHEN
    May 28, 2022 at 4:00pm
    WHERE
    Kearny Street Workshop and Zoom
    1246 Folsom St
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • USAAF 2022 Calendar at a Glance

    Calendar of USAAF 2022 events organized by date:

     
     

    MAY EVENTS

     
     

    April 29, April 30-May 22

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

     

    May 1-7

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

     

    May 1-June 26

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

     

    May 14

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

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

    May 14

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

     
      
    May 21-22

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

     
    May 28

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

    May 14

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

     
    May 26

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

    JUNE EVENTS

     
     

    June 3 & 18

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

     

    June 4

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

     

    June 4

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

    June 5 & 10

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

     

    June 9

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

     

    June 9

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

     

    June 10-12

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

    June 10-11 & 17

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

     

    June 11

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

     

    June 30

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

     


  • Wise Women

    In 'Wise Women', Eth-Noh-Tec will perform their unique style of kinetic storytelling of three stories featuring women - one Asian American personal story and two ancient Asian folktales - that will help us look at our past, how that past can be useful in the present and how we can imagine our future given the gifts we've inherited from those before us. What has the past generation left us? Are we repeating patterns that help or hinder? What do we need to create the future we want?

    Stories are a powerful medium with which to go deep and take us into another space. Stories can reach into our souls and help us learn about ourselves and about our world. Stories help us discover life's big and small gifts we might have overlooked. Our stories will enlighten and engage hearts and minds to encourage new insights.

    ARTISTS OF ETH-NOH-TEC

    Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    NANCY WANG and ROBERT KIKUCHI-YNGOJO have shared ETH-NOH-TEC's artistic directorship since 1981. Nancy's dance, choreography, playwriting and theater experience synthesizes with Robert's musical talents, composing, visual arts, writing and theater into a unique interdisciplinary expression of East and West to tell age-old Asian folktales and contemporary Asian American stories.

    Follow Eth-Noh-Tec on Facebook
    #WiseWomen #Storytelling #AsianAmerican #AsianHistoryMonth #Mothers #ChineseAmerican #StopAsianHate #ancestors #WomensStories

    TICKETS

    Sliding scale tickets available at $15-25 on Eventbrite:

    WHEN
    June 04, 2022 at 5:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
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  • Grow Our Souls

    APICC is excited to kick off the 25th Annual United States of Asian America Festival with this year's visual art exhibition, Grow Our Souls

    Inspired by Grace Lee Boggs, Grow Our Souls showcases twelve artists who are reimagining labor in an era of climate change and late-stage capitalism. From yoga mat paintings celebrating Black and Brown humanity to seed installations speculating sustainable food futures, artists present sumptuous and abundant possibilities while illuminating industry practices that maintain labor inequities.

    Labor-intensive processes and practices (e.g., foraging, collecting human tears, excavating demolition materials) reorient relations of commodification to honor time, nature and the body itself. These artists highlight the circularity of labor and consumption: Someone, somewhere on this globe, is weaving our clothes, processing our trash and preparing food to sustain our lifestyles — often at a cost to their own lives.

    Thus, Grow Our Souls expands our notions of labor by presenting interconnected, ancestral, spiritual and visionary alternatives. Instead of the death of our souls, these artists imagine ways to grow them — in a world where how we work and consume are longer tenable, as evidenced by our planet’s growing inhabitability.

    More info about the show at www.growoursoulsexhibition.com
    #growoursoulsexhibition

    EXHIBITING ARTISTS

    Astria Suparak, Cindy Shih, Connie Zheng, Diana Li, Jess X Snow, Kacy Jung, Monica Tie, Nancy Sayavong, Preetika Rajgariah, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Sheng Lor, and Trinh Mai

    ABOUT THE CURATOR

    Melissa Wang is an artist, designer and first-time curator. She has exhibited at Kala Art Institute, Torrance Art Museum and de Young Museum. A former designer for Google and Facebook, she founded her design studio in 2020. In 2021, she received an Individual Emerging Artist Award from the California Arts Council to curate Grow Our Souls.

    PUBLIC PROGRAMS

    Volunteer to help install the show April 15-22! Sign up to volunteer on Calendly.

    WHEN
    April 29, 2022 at 6:00pm - May 23, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    SOMArts Cultural Center
    934 Brannan St (between 8th and 9th)
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • World Premiere of “Sa Amin”

    Join us for the world premiere for “Sa Amin”, a new documentary film by the directors Dyan Ruiz and Nix Guirre, and produced by the SF Urban Film Fest. 

    The South of Market is seen as a center for tech and tourism in San Francisco, but the filmmakers of “Sa Amin” invite you to see the neighborhood through the eyes of four Filipinas who have made it their home. The film looks past the office towers and tourist attractions to the neighborhood that is home to Filipino families and their support network of nonprofits and cultural institutions. For over 100 years, the area has been an important landing place for Filipino immigrants, who have fought to stay in the neighborhood, despite urban renewal demolishing entire city blocks and real estate speculation driving displacement. Rare archival footage, some never seen by the public, and interviews with community stalwarts, are woven into the stories of present-day, everyday heroines, Teresa Dulalas, Tina Alejo, Janine LaCap, and Mary Ann Masagca.

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Nix Guirre
    Dyan Ruiz
    Joseph Smooke
    Rachel Lastimosa
    Fay Darmawi
    Kristal Çelik

    ABOUT SF URBAN FILM FEST

    The SF Urban Film Fest (SFUFF) is an intergenerational, multi-racial, cross-disciplinary collective of curators and producers leveraging the power of storytelling to create just and equitable cities. Our team includes urban planners, filmmakers, housing activists and academics. Together we produce an annual film festival, convene storytelling workshops, and partner with community organizations to create multi-phase storytelling projects to achieve narrative, social and spatial justice.

    Learn more and donate at sfurbanfilmfest.com/2022/donate
    @sfurbanfilmfest @femme.fwd @faymawi @peoplepowermedia @somapilipinas

    EVENT INFO

    Food and drink for sale 5-6 pm. The program starts promptly at 6 pm.

    WHEN
    May 26, 2022 at 5:00pm
    WHERE
    Kapwa Gardens
    967 Mission St
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • Searching for Kapwa: A Film Screening

    Inspired by a pre-colonial Filipino value of “shared identity” and “self in other,” Searching for Kapwa follows the filmmaker’s quest to understand and embrace his roots, as a queer Filipino-American living in a polarized America. The child of immigrants, Larry’s journey unpacks the complicated and sometimes dark history of the Philippines, including 400 years of Spanish and American colonization, and its lasting impact on the Filipino diaspora. Ultimately, the search for kapwa is about understanding the power of our histories, and finding wholeness in our complex and intersectional identities.

    This June 9th Rough-Cut Screening will include snacks and a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers and guests about the film's themes, including this year's USAAF theme, Generations of Power.

    ARTISTS

    Larry D. Lariosa
    Terrence Marcotte

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Alchemy & Twine Productions is Oakland queer couple and creative partners Larry Lariosa and Terrence Marcotte. Their mission is to create art that is in service to social justice, and Searching for Kapwa is their first feature length film. Larry is a first generation Filipino-American psychotherapist and diversity consultant.

    Learn more at www.searchingforkapwa.com

    Follow the project on Facebook and Instagram (@alchemytwine)
    #SearchingforKapwa #proudlyfilipino #queerfilipino #LGBTQPOC #APIfilm #bayareafilm

    TICKETS

    Sliding scale tickets available at $0-10 on Eventbrite:

    WHEN
    June 09, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    SF LGBT Center, Rainbow Room
    1800 Market St
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • USAAF 2022 Calendar

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

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

    ACCESSIBILITY

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

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

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

    Click below to skip to a section:

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


    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

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

    SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER


    KICK OFF THE FESTIVAL WITH GROW OUR SOULS 

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

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

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

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


    Celebrating 25 Years of USAAF with Generations of Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Celebrate Kearny Street Workshop's 50 Year Anniversary!

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

    Asian Improv aRts' 35th Anniversary Celebration Festival



    GENERATIONS OF POWER SHOWCASE

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

    RSVP HERE

    This showcase is free and open to the public.

    PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    12:00-12:15PM

    Introductions

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

    Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
    Sugilanon

    1:00-1:50PM

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

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

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

     

    2:40-2:55PM

    First Voice
    Return of the Sun

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

    Leela Youth Dance Company
    Youth Rising

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

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


    IN-PERSON & ONLINE EVENTS

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

    Kwento Times IRL Cast gathered around stands, acting out a reading.
    Bindlestiff Studio
    Kwento Times Staged Reading Festival
    Sun, May 1-7 @ Bindlestiff Studio
    Angela Han Art LLC
    Realms of Courage Composers Panels
    Sun, May 1-June 26 on Zoom & YouTube
    HellaTender: Mr. Ye of Chinatowns Stylers Art Gallery preparing a calligraphy scroll with wheatpaste
    Vida Kuang & Carmen Chen x AAWAA's
    Emerging Curators Program
    Hella Tender
    Sat, May 14 @ SF Chinatown
    Large light blue flag displays the main title of event in large letters: \
    Ramon Abad
    Pickles! The Bindlestiff Kid Show
    POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
    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)
    Sat, May 28 @ Kearny Street Workshop
    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 5-13 @ 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
     

    #USAAF2022 #GenerationsofPower

    APICC STAFF

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

    APICC BOARD

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


    USAAF 2022 JURORS

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

    USAAF 2022 Designs by ARC & TYPE

    Thank you to all of APICC's partners:

                 

       
            
              
     

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  • Bay Area Arts Together

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

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  • USAAF 2022

    UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2022

    GENERATIONS OF POWER

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Click below to skip to a certain section:

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


    USAAF 2022 CALENDAR

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

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


    FESTIVAL ARTISTS

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

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

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

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

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

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


    PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

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

    Budget & Fundraising
    Wednesday, January 19 @ 6pm

    Marketing & Publicity
    Monday, January 31 @ 6pm

    Hybrid Programming
    Monday, February 14 @ 6pm

    Taxes for Artists
    Monday, March 14 @ 6pm

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

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

     


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW CLOSED

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

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

     

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

    FESTIVAL THEME

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

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

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

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

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

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

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

    DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FORMAT

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

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

    Students and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

    APPLICATION CHECKLIST

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES

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

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

    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED 

     
    APPLICATION WORKSHOPS 

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


  • USAAF 2022 Application Checklist

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

    ARTIST/GROUP INFORMATION

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

    EVENT INFORMATION

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

    SHORT EVENT DESCRIPTION

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

    PROJECT PROPOSAL

    In 500 words or less, please:

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

     
    BUDGET

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

    GROUP OR ARTIST BIO & RESUME/CV

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

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


    GROUP/ARTIST STATEMENT

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

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT MATERIALS

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

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

     


  • USAAF 2022 Award Levels & Eligibility

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

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

    LEVELS OF SUPPORT

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

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

    PROMOTIONAL EVENT

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

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

     
    SELF-PRODUCED VIRTUAL EVENT

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

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

     
    SELF-PRODUCED IN-PERSON EVENT

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

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

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

     
    CO-PRESENTED OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE

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

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

    $1000 total award in artist fees to selected producing artist
     

    CO-PRESENTED OUTDOOR PRODUCTION

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

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

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