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  • USAAF 2024

     

    THE 27th ANNUAL UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL: BE(LONG)ING HERE

    FESTIVAL EVENTS ⚈ SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER ⚈ PRESS KIT

     

    ABOUT THE 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 theme, Be(long)ing Here, asks us what being and belonging means for ourselves and our communities. The festival will honor AAPI arts and culture reflecting on where we have been, where we are now, and what our collective future holds while acknowledging our roots as immigrants, refugees, and mixed-race descendants.

     Thank you to our many partners and funders including the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation and startsmall

     

    2024 FESTIVAL EVENTS

    Click the links below to purchase tickets or RSVP to upcoming festival events! 

    WEEK 1

    • 4/25/2024 USAAF 2024 Festival Kick Off Event and Where Is Your Body Exhibition Opening 
      Join APICC, the Featured Arts Exhibition Festival Curator Delaney Chieyen Holton and exhibiting artists for a special gathering to celebrate the beginning of the 27th Annual United States of Asian America: Be(long)ing Here from 6:00–9:00 pm at SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St, San Francisco). 
    • 4/25/2024 - 5/24/2024 Where is Your Body Art Exhibition is Open to the Public (see below for more details!) 

     

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    WEEK 7

     

    APICC X SUNDAY STREETS TENDERLOIN ARTIST SHOWCASE 

    June 23, 2024 @ 1:00 - 5:00 PM 
    Golden Gate Ave (between Jones & Hyde Streets, San Francisco)
    RSVP Here

    Performing Artists Include: 

    • duy-ên-yeon by Johnny Huy Nguyễn & Tim Kim 
    • Curve Wrecker by Sun Park
    • bound by dNaga Dance Co.
    • The Panchakanyas Project by Swetha Prabakaran Productions // Nirmathi
    • Between Arrivals and Departures Poetry Reading by Preeti Vangani, Shikha Malaviya, and Maw Shein Win

     


    2024 FEATURED ARTISTS


    Megan Lowe Dances


    Megan Lowe Dances' production Just a Shadow brings together 7 powerful artists to make 6 distinct duets, in a process that nourishes the soul, supports healing, acknowledges resilience, celebrates life, and honors the memories of loved ones. It welcomes diverse perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds, recognizing that the narratives surrounding death and processing grief are multifaceted and deeply personal. Through dance performance, MLD aims to provide a platform for catharsis, empathy, and collective understanding, fostering connections that transcend individual stories and unite us in a shared journey toward solace and healing. Learn more at https://www.meganlowedances.com

    Show Dates and Times:
    Fri, May 31 @ 7:30-9PM
    Sat, June 1 @ 7:30-9PM
    Sun, June 2 @ 7:30-9PM
    Fri, June 7 @ 7:30-9PM
    Sat, June 8 @ 7:30-9PM
    Sun, June 9 @ 7:30-9PM
    Venue: The Joe Goode Annex

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    Ramon Abad

     
    Ramon Abad's Duck Soup is an immersive theater experience for children and families at Bindlestiff Studio. The one-hour show will engage the audience by guiding them to various sections of the theater, where they will witness short stories brought to life through captivating puppet performances. "Duck Soup" is Depression-era slang for something that's "easy to do" or a "piece of cake." No actual ducks will be cooked. Tickled perhaps, but not cooked! Learn more at www.ramon-puppetry.com

    Show Dates and Times:
    Sat, June 8 @ 11AM-12PM
    Sat, June 8 @ 3-4PM
    Sun, June 9 @ 11AM-12PM
    Sun, June 9 @ 3-4PM
    Sat, June 15 @ 11AM-12PM
    Sat, June 15 @3-4PM
    Venue: Bindlestiff Studios (185 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103)

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    FEATURED VISUAL ART EXHIBITION 

     

    Exhibition Curated by Delaney Chieyen Holton




    Where is Your Body
     highlights the body and its needs as the lowest common denominator for solidarity. Thinking of the body – in its capacities and vulnerabilities – as a site of both violence and resistance, the exhibition gathers women/trans/queer artists of API diasporic experience engaged in practices of the body to explore questions of labor, memory, and desire. Rather than gesturing towards an identarian collectivity, the racial and gendered angle of the exhibition recognizes how systems of disenfranchisement are interlocked, co-constituting, and mutually sustaining.

    Exhibiting Artists:
    Nibha Akireddy
    Erina Alejo
    Sholeh Asgary
    Bhasha Chakrabarti
    Edi Dai
    Theo/Tina Kashiwagi
    Private Practices Collection (via Kayla Tange and Hailey Loman)
    Thuong Hoai Tran
    Kim Ye
    Rachel Youn
    Learning Palestine

    Venue: SOMArts Cultural Center

    Event Dates and Times:

    Thurs, April 25 @ 6-9PM Exhibition Opening Reception and USAAF 2024 Festival Kick-Off
    RSVP FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION AND USAAF FESTIVAL KICK OFF

    April 25 - May 24 Exhibition Open to the Public

    Sat, May 4, 1:30–3:30 pm
    Artist Workshop with Chia Amisola

    Chia Amisola will give a hybrid performance and participatory workshop on digital ritualmaking, gathering, and identity. Chris Giang will offer tea service using handmade ceramic teaware during the event.

    Sat, May 18, 1:30–3:30 pm
    Tattoo Ritual with Kelsey Chen
    Kelsey Chen will be performing a tattoo ritual for viewing and visitors will be offered temporary tattoos. Chris Giang will offer tea service using handmade ceramic teaware during the event.

    Fri, May 24 @ 6-9PM: Closing Reception
    RSVP FOR THE CLOSING RECEPTION

     

    SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

    APICC is seeking for volunteers for USAAF's Opening/Closing Reception and Outdoor Showcase in April, May & June. Please fill out our Volunteer Sign-Up Form to support AAPI artists!

    THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS AND SPONSORS

    San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, SF Grants for the Arts, SF Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Zellerbach Family Foundation, APA Heritage Foundation, The Ruby SF,  and SOMArts Cultural Center.

     



  • CANE Archive Project

    CANE Archive Project

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    *For check donations, please write checks to 'Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center' with 'CANE Archive Project' in the memo. Please include a return mailing address or email address to send the donation acknowledgement to.

    Send checks to the address below:

    APICC
    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

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

    Donate

  • REALSOUL

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

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

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


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

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

    Send checks to the address below:

    APICC
    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Donate

  • Francis Wong

    About Francis Wong

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

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

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

    Francis Current project you can support!:

     

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

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

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

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

    Admission free!
    Please register here on Eventbrite

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

     

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  • USAAF 2023 Calendar at a Glance

    APRIL EVENTS

     
     

    April 27, April 28-May 21

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

    April 28-May 21 @ SOMArts Cultural Center

     

    April 28

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

     

     

    MAY EVENTS

     

     

    May 5

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

     

     

    May 6

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

     

     

    May 12

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

    Fri, May 12-June 12 @ 475 Haight Street

     

    May 12

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

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

     

    May 14

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

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

     

    May 15

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

    Mon, May 15 @ 5:30pm
    Virtual Event

     

    May 19-20

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

     

    May 21

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

     

    May 21

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

     

    May 25

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

     

    May 26

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

     

    May 26-28

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

     

    May 28

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

    Sun, May 28 @ 2pm
    Oakland Asian Cultural Center

     

     

     

    JUNE EVENTS

     
     

    June 2

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

     

    June 2-3

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

    June 4

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

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

     

    June 9


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


     

    June 11

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

     

    June 15

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

     


  • USAAF 2023 Calendar

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

    Festival events listed below are organized by type of presentation. All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST). Events with an asterisk (*) are featured artists of APICC and USAAF 2023. 

    ACCESSIBILITY

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

     All in-person programs and events are wheelchair accessible. 
     This icon indicates which festival events will have ASL interpretation. 
    • For any inquiries about specific programs or event locations, please reach out to [email protected]

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

    Click below to skip to a section:

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


    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

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

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    Kick off the Festival with JADE WAVE RISING

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

    An art gallery with a large-scale film projection in which a geisha stands in the middle of a rainy street in a neon-lit and futuristic-looking setting, flanked by colorful (blue and gold) framed artworks on both sides.Jade Wave Rising
    Curated by Yeu Q Nguyen
    Co-Presented by AAWAA
    April 27-May 21 @ SOMArts Cultural Center

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


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


    Healing Home with 500 CAPP Street and CAAM

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

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

    2pm: Lenora Lee Dance

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

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

     

     


    Cultivating Possibilities with USAAF: REIMAGINING HORIZONS

     

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

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

    RSVP HERE

    This showcase is free and open to the public.

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

    PROGRAM SCHEDULE TBD


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

     

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

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

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


    IN-PERSON & ONLINE EVENTS

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

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


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

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

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

    Mon, May 15 - Virtual Event
    A group of friends and one white dog, smiling, sitting on the floor and on an orange couch, in front of bookshelves filled with trinkets. A coffee table filled with mahjong pieces is in the foreground.Family Style Collective
    Shoes Off
    Fri, May 12-June 12 @ 475 Haight Street
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    pateldanceworks
    fault lines
    Fri, May 19 & Sat, May 20 @ Fort Funston
    Hearts & Minds graphic with event info using purple, red and dark pink colors of two heads that form a heart
    Lena Chen
    Hidden Histories, Radical Reimaginings
    Sun, May 21 - Virtual Event
    Harvey Lozada
        “Son of Samoa” Community Film Screening           TBD @ Roxie Theater
    Ava Koohbor
    ffff: A Noise Cappella
    Fri, May 26 @ SPACE 124
    Asian male dancer with short black hair wearing a grey green short sleeve button up and burnt orange shorts. He is in the air with an arched torso, his arms outstretched with his right leg following the arch of his torso and the left leg reaching for the ground. His eyes are partially closed and his expression shows a state of longing.
    Johnny Huy Nguyễn*
    No Country For Mother
    Fri, May 26, Sat, May 27 & Sun, May 28
    @ Joe Goode Annex
    A man in a purple robe and a woman in a red robe, both with red headbands, pose together with their hands pointed in different directions.
    Eth-Noh-Tec
    Strong Like Bamboo: Stories of Resiliencefor Healing in the Era of Anti-Asian Violence
    Sun, May 28 @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
    A portrait of SNJV, a South Asian and Fijian performance artist. SNJV has their eyes closed and mouth slightly ajar. They have a bright orange and yellow, transparent, traditional fabric draped over their face and head.
    King LOTUS BOY, Hennessy Williams,
    OBSIDIENNE OBSURD
    TRANSformASIANS: A Transgender & Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Showcase
    Fri, June 2 @ OASIS
    Long haired guitar player wearing a brown jacket stands on right side of center and holds orange electric guitar up to a blue sky in a dry grass field
    Josh Icban
    To Cross: Aganakake Tatang Ko
    TBD (This event has been postponed. Please check back for updates!) @ Bindlestiff Studios
    An Asian person holds a hand mirror that partially hides their enigmatic expression. White eyeliner curves up from the outer corner of their eyes and down from the inner corner to their nose. Their black dress is printed with white eyes.
    Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
    19th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
    Fri, June 9 - Presidio Theater
    A female musician of mixed Filipina heritage sits holding her guitar while being surrounded by various instruments, including a kutiyapi, gabbang, and kubing.
    Theresa Calpotura
    Musikang Halo-Halo: Starting to Mix
    Sun, June 11 - Virtual Event
    Hella Pinay
    Hella Pinay Radio IRL: Pride Edition
    Thu, June 15 - Virtual Event
     
     

    #USAAF2023 #ReimaginingHorizons

    APICC STAFF

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


    Den Legaspi, ARC and TYPE Design, Graphic Designer


    USAAF 2023 JURORS

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

    USAAF 2023 Designs by Den Design

    Thank you to all of APICC's partners:

                 

       
            
              
     

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  • USAAF 2023 Award Levels & Eligibility

    ELIGIBILITY

    In order to be eligible to participate in USAAF:

    • Pacific Islander and/or Asian American artists must be centralized within the artistic creation process, and constitute a majority of participating artists.
    • Lead producing artist(s) must be based in the Bay Area (if outside Bay Area, contact Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected] to assess participation).
    • Lead producing artist(s) must be over 18, but artists participating in the program can be all ages.
    • Lead producing artist(s) must demonstrate the ability to produce their own event (i.e., including managing and executing all production, creative, technical, promotional, etc. responsibilities).
    • Events must occur in May through June 15, 2023.
    • Agree to attend APICC’s professional development workshops (it is highly recommended that you attend all workshops).
    • Be able to meet all marketing and artistic deadlines (see 'Important Dates' on USAAF 2023 page).
    • Be a legal resident of the United States (if you are not a legal US resident, contact Artistic Director Melanie Elvena at [email protected] to assess participation).
       

    LEVELS OF SUPPORT

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

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

    PROMOTIONAL EVENT

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

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

     
    SELF-PRODUCED VIRTUAL EVENT

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

    • Artists self-produce event in their own space to be broadcasted virtually
    • Artists responsible for finding their own technical staff
    • APICC provides promotional support and virtual account platform upon request (Zoom Pro and potentially other online streaming platforms)
    • APICC provides venue for streaming at Bindlestiff upon request
    • Artists eligible for free workshops and 4 hours of 1:1 consultation
     
    $3000 total award in artist and tech/production fees to selected producing artist

     
    SELF-PRODUCED IN-PERSON EVENT

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

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

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

     
    CO-PRESENTED OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE

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

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

    $1000 total award in artist fees to selected producing artist

  • USAAF 2023 Application Checklist

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

    ARTIST/GROUP INFORMATION

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

    EVENT INFORMATION

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

    SHORT EVENT DESCRIPTION

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

    PROJECT PROPOSAL

    In 500 words or less, please:

    1. Describe the public event or program that you plan to showcase and your plan to promote and publicize it
    2. Explain how the subject(s) of your program(s) and/or event(s) focus on themes related to Pacific Islander and Asian American themes and culture
    3. Explain how this work is connected to this year’s theme - Reimagining Horizons:
      • How can we (re)discover and (re)construct the horizons of possibility for our selves, our communities, and our dreams?
      • As we reckon with newfound insights and intentions post-pandemic, what does it mean to embrace abundance and celebrate our expansiveness?
      • How can AAPI visionaries imagine a future where we arrive beside, and in solidarity with, our BIPOC communities?
      • How do we harness and honor our collective power socially and politically as AAPIs?

     
    BUDGET

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

    GROUP OR ARTIST BIO & RESUME/CV

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

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


    GROUP/ARTIST STATEMENT

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

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT MATERIALS

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

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

     


  • 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


    FESTIVAL ARTISTS

    APICC is proud to announce the names of the artists participating in the 26th annual United States of Asian America Festival:

     
    Ava Koohbor
    Caroline Cabading
    Dame Drummer & Black Daddy: The Experience
    Duniya Dance & Drum & Radical South Asian History Tour
    Eth-Noh-Tec
    Family Style
    Harvey Lozada
    Hella Pinay
    Johnny Huy Nguyen
    Josh Icban
    King LOTUS BOY, Hennessy Williams, & OBSIDIENNE OBSURD

     
    Lena Chen
    Leslie Damaso, Ben Ferris, Jon Irabagon,
    Mike Koszewski, Jason Kutz, & Sandy Poindexter
    Parivar Bay Area
    pateldanceworks
    Shikha Malaviya, Maw Shein Win, & Preeti Vangani
    SPULU
    Terry Lily Hwang
    Theresa Calpotura
    VC Tang
    Yeu Q Nguyen (AAWAA)

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

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

    Stay tuned for program and events produced by these artists to take place in celebration of API Heritage, this April-June 2023!


    USAAF 2023 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


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW CLOSED

     

    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]


  • 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

     


    Bay Area API Arts Spotlight: Macro Waves Collective

    In this segment, we shine a spotlight on the talented members of the Asian American Arts Network of the Bay Area, a group formed to elevate AAPI visionaries, storytellers and cultural organizations shaping the AAPI artistic landscape of the Bay Area’s 9 county region.


    Macro Waves, co-founded by AAPI artists Robin Birdd David and Jeffrey Yip, is an Oakland-based artist collective that produces experiences focusing on social equity through conceptual art, new media, and design.

    In their latest exhibition entitled “Make this Last Forever”, created during the Artists in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco, the collective utilizes the framework of archiving to make sense of the intergenerational stories of movement and transition held in the objects we inherit–whether the things passed down directly by immigrant elders or our collective responsibility to contend with the growing mass of consumer waste.

    They explore: Who is responsible for your things after you’re gone? And how do we honor and contend with the belongings of previous generations–especially when they’ve felt the need to hold onto everything as a means of survival? 

    Macro Waves was the Featured Artist for the Asian Pacific Island Cultural Center’s 25th Annual United States of Asian America Festival, one of the recipients of the California Arts Council’s 2022 Impact Project Grant, and in 2020 participated in the Youkobo Artist Residency in Tokyo, Japan. The collective has exhibited at SFMOMA, SWIM Gallery, YBCA, SFAC Gallery, SOMArts, ICA SF, Lightbox NYC, and Á Space Hanoi.

    Visit the Art Exhibition: on Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 from 5 PM – 7:30 PM, and hear an artist talk by Macro Waves at 6:30 PM.

    Location: Recology Art Studios 503 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco

    Admission is free and open to the public, no reservation required. All ages are welcome and the site is wheelchair accessible.


  • USAAF 2022 Calendar at a Glance

    Calendar of USAAF 2022 events organized by date:

     
     

    MAY EVENTS

     
     

    April 29, April 30-May 22

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

     

    May 1-7

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

     

    May 1-June 26

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

     

    May 14

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

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

    May 14

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

     
      
    May 21-22

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

     
    May 28

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

    May 14

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

     
    May 26

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

    JUNE EVENTS

     
     

    June 3 & 18

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

     

    June 4

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

     

    June 4

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

    June 5 & 10

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

     

    June 9

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

     

    June 9

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

     

    June 10-12

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

    June 10-11 & 17

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

     

    June 11

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

     

    June 30

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

     


  • USAAF 2022 Calendar

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

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

    ACCESSIBILITY

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

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

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

    Click below to skip to a section:

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


    CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

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

    SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER


    KICK OFF THE FESTIVAL WITH GROW OUR SOULS 

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

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

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

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


    Celebrating 25 Years of USAAF with Generations of Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Celebrate Kearny Street Workshop's 50 Year Anniversary!

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

    Asian Improv aRts' 35th Anniversary Celebration Festival



    GENERATIONS OF POWER SHOWCASE

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

    RSVP HERE

    This showcase is free and open to the public.

    PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    12:00-12:15PM

    Introductions

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

    Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
    Sugilanon

    1:00-1:50PM

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

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

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

     

    2:40-2:55PM

    First Voice
    Return of the Sun

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

    Leela Youth Dance Company
    Youth Rising

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

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


    IN-PERSON & ONLINE EVENTS

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

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

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

    #USAAF2022 #GenerationsofPower

    APICC STAFF

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

    APICC BOARD

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


    USAAF 2022 JURORS

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

    USAAF 2022 Designs by ARC & TYPE

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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

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