See what we have coming up from APICC!
APICC presents Legacy and Lineage, a series of short films profiling the unique journeys of 5 Asian American community artists - Sammay Dizon, Genny Lim, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Sami See, Francis Wong - whose works consistently place community at the center. The films explore the reasons that drive these outstanding artists and legacies that may point to the direction of the future of Asian American artists in San Francisco.
Co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media. Film screening was originally set to occur at AMC Kabuki, Japantown for CAAMFest 2020, followed by a showcase and reception featuring the artists.
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
Short Film Production Team
Related showcase to be curated by Kim Arteche
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Sammay Dizon - 12pm / May 18, 2020
A Hxstory of Renting is a group exhibition, community celebration, and tenants' rights workshop gathering local artists, residents, and community-based organizations in Excelsior, SF, in response to the displacement and gentrification taking place in the E and throughout the Bay Area. Co-organized by Erina Alejo and Communities United for Health and Justice (CUHJ).
Header Image Credit: Golden Hour at Casa Lucas #3 by Erina Alejo
Stay tuned for info and registration link on a community panel with SOMA residents/peers on their memories of growing up in SOMA
A Hxstory of Renting Blog
Visit and read weekly blog posts at A Hxstory of Renting. See previews and direct links to blog posts below:
Lola Marina (lola - grandmother, in Tagalog) turned 98 last month. She has lived through and is part of nearly a century’s worth of hxstory. Radio Marina, as my late Lolo— grandpa— would call her, because she remains astute and lucid as our family circle keeper...Read More
Political Inheritance is a visual arts and poetry performance exhibition featuring Asian and Pacific Islander womxn artists across diasporic experiences with the goal of provoking reflection, conversation, and bridging about the inherited experiences—passed down within cultures and families—that shape our relationships to political participation. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are facing some of the the lowest rates political participation in the U.S. By culturally contextualizing this AAPI political participation gap, Political Inheritance unearths the diversity of tensions, assumptions, and traumas inherited in AAPI’s political participation or lack thereof, while catalyzing a dialogue that questions the perception of our own political identities.
The exhibition was originally set to occur at Oakland Asian Cultural Center and has been postponed until further notice.
Visit AAWAA.net for a series of photo portraits to be released of Asian American activists and community organizers, in collaboration with Kristen Murakoshi and Lauren Ito.Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 06:00 PM Liquid error: undefined method `day' for nil:NilClass · 2 rsvpsrsvp2 RSVPs
Water Pilgrimage is a journey back in time to explore the kinship between humans and water. It tells an important and emotional story of all living beings with water, and making our plea for water conservation through dance and imagery. It explores the divergent evolution in the relationship of all living beings to water. Fusing Contemporary and Butoh dance, Ogura transforms three women’s bodies into the powerful, mystical and vital essence of water. The movement catalyzes a visceral response on a tangled journey through beauty and crisis, from the origins of life to a world at risk.
This event was originally set to occur at Theatre of Yugen.
Header Image Credit: Artem Chubaryan
Pauli N. Amornkul
About Ranko Ogura Dance
Ranko Ogura is a Japanese dancer, choreographer and artistic director. Her movement derives from Butoh and Noguchi Taiso concepts and she innovated Water Body Movement. In 2008, she founded Ranko Ogura Dance. She integrated Butoh with contemporary dance and created original performances. She tours Japan and conducts international workshops.
Online Video Release
Stay tuned for a recorded video to be released in June.
UxI 2020: Urban-Indigenous Futurism is a multi-disciplinary art festival featuring visual art, installations, performances, and dialogues that explore the ways Indigenous knowledge and ancestral traditions can help us develop an inclusive vision of the future. The work shared will meditate on the act of re-imagining our relationship with Mother Nature and with each other. How do we heal the trauma that shackles our planet's future and our people? How do we transmute the forces that prevent us from unifying in pursuit of collective freedom? The event will explore themes of eco-sustainability, sovereignty, and collective liberation.
Online Visual Art Gallery
Online events include ceremonial gatherings, workshops, performances, visual presentations, and artist discussions. RSVP HERE for updates and registration.
Opening Ceremony: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Closing Ceremony: Friday, June 12, 2020
About URBAN X INDIGENOUS
URBAN x INDIGENOUS (UxI) is a multi-disciplinary, inter-generational convening of artists, activists, incubators, scholars, and community members to honor our ancestors in a society that is driven by the act of leaving them behind. Featured artists of UxI include global Indigenous creators from the Bay Area and beyond.
Wander Woman 2 provides an empowering and engaging platform for Bay Area-local, Asian Pacific American immigrant women of color. Its mission is to highlight the artists and their work, and to amplify their voices by presenting significant conversations surrounding issues of equity, gender roles, and underrepresentation. The artists will produce a diverse range of artistic media stemming from photo-based conceptual work and material explorations such as performance, photography, print media, sculpture, video — intending to transcend geographic boundaries. Collectively, this exhibition explores complex identity politics such as diaspora, femininity, liminality, and power dynamics.
Co-presented by SF Camerawork.
Header image courtesy of artist, Kacy Jung.
Artist Talk & Presentation (Live Stream)June 5, 2020 at 8-9:30pm via Zoom.This event will be recorded and uploaded to APICC's YouTube and website. By registering at the above link, you agree to the possibility of appearing on this recording by virtue of attending or participating in the event.
Instagram Takeover ScheduleApril 22-30: Rea Lynn de Guzman (Lead Producing Artist)May 25-27: Aynur Girgin WestenMay 28-30: Azin Seraj
Follow @wander_woman_artists on Instagram for more.
Ramon Abad and the Bindlestiff Studio Puppet Crew present a kid-friendly live stream puppet performance with about 9 artists/storytellers via Zoom.
This event was originally set to occur at Bindlestiff Studio with children from SOMA Pilipinas and beyond exploring the art of modern puppetry. Ramon planned to guide the youth to write their own stories and to make their own puppets which they would perform live.
Now you can celebrate the festival’s theme of “kinship” during this fun-filled afternoon with the whole family and kids 5-11 years old in your own home!
Rosalyn Learns How to Misbehave: A Zoom Puppet StoryJune 6, 2020 at 2-2:35pm via Zoom.
This event will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube and other social media platforms.
Ramon Abad is a Filipino American puppeteer, artist, and teacher. He makes his own puppets and has performed traveling puppet shows at various Filipino American festivals like UNDISCOVERED. He was a company member of theater groups like Bindlestiff Studio’s tongue in A mood and Larry Reed’s ShadowLight Productions.
Aureen Almario is Bindlestiff Studio's Artistic Director, a SFSU Asian American Studies teacher and a member of the Granny Cart Gangsters (an all-female Asian American comedy sketch troupe).
Oliver Wijayapala is an actor from San Francisco and works as the Out of School Time Programs Director in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Velasco Arts is an arts and culture family comprised of Omz, Lorna, Zoe, and Rzo living in Seattle by way of San Francisco.
Nicolette Dionisio is a Bindlestiff volunteer prop maker and graphics artist, Registered Nurse, and Geek Show troupe member.
Dino Ignacio is a designer, maker, dad and husband.
Nina Ignacio first learned puppetry from Ramon in a workshop at the Bindlestiff Alley and went to do more shadow puppetry for various Bindlestiff productions.
Julie Kuwabara is a Bay Area actor and is a member of Granny Cart Gangstas.
Thomas Paras is a Bindlestiff volunteer writer and producer, endurance athlete, craftsman, geek.
Alexis Dayers is a mom, Bindlestiff volunteer writer, actor and member of Granny Cart Gangsters.
Joel Cammarata is a dad, architect, pen plotter and bread-making hero.
San Francisco Arts Commission
SF Grants for the Arts
California Arts Council
San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development - SOMA Stabilization Fund
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families.
SafeSpace/NoPlace: LBTQ People of Color 16th annual San Francisco International Queer Women of Color Film Festival
This year, QWOCMAP will premiere 31 brand new films in 3 screenings during the first-time-ever online livestream of our entire Queer Women of Color Film Festival, June 12-14, 2020. Our 16th Anniversary Festival Focus “SafeSpace/NoPlace: LBTQ People of Color,” expands discussions about the meaning of safety for LBTQ+ people of color, both outside on the streets and inside homes typically thought of as safe. All films are Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the live introductory remarks and interactive filmmaker Q&As will be entirely live captioned.
Opening Night Screening: Roots Entwined
APICC is proud to co-present the following films as part of the Opening Night Screening: Roots Entwined
Friday, June 12 at 7:00pm PST
Content Warning: Argument, emotionally abusive language
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.
Header image courtesy of QWOCMAP and Amanda Lim
APICC is proud to feature Racism in Chinese America: Musical Diary of Jon Jang, as part of the United States of Asian America Festival 2020: FINDING KINSHIP.
An evening of music and discussion of Jon Jang's music and history with Chinatown. Featuring work from Jang's Angel Island Give Me a Name and A Chinaman’s Chance, A Choy’s Chance.
Funded by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the YBCA Fellows program and CMC Faculty Creative Stimulus.
This event was originally set to occur at 945 ArtSpace.
Stay tuned for info and updates on online programming.
Header image by Andy Nozaka.
For three decades, composer Jon Jang has created large scale works for large and small chamber music ensembles that has included: Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter!, Chinese American Symphony performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Oakland East Bay Symphony.
More info: www.asianimprov.org