Sowing Agency

Seeding the Future for Environmental Justice


A visual arts exhibition presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center


Sowing Agency
is inspired by the fight for environmental justice, activating our Asian Pacific Islander communities to engage in the issues of today’s climate crisis. With a number of artistic disciplines represented, the pieces featured in the show work to realign our relationships with the Earth through introspection and collective leadership. The exhibition’s broad coalition of community partners amplifies calls for increased action to challenge extractive industries, monocultures, corporate greed and colonization. Weaving local and global climate resistance into our cultural consciousness, Sowing Agency is a visual and poetic address to the grief and resiliency rooted in “seeding the future.” 

EXHIBITION

APRIL 30, 2021 - MAY 23, 2021

LOCATION

SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER, MAIN GALLERY
934 BRANNAN ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

HOURS

THURSDAY - FRIDAY, 3-7PM AND
SATURDAY - SUNDAY, 12-5PM*

*By appointment only. Register at on the SOMArts website.

ONLINE EVENTS

(CLICK THE TITLE OF EACH EVENT TO REGISTER)

Opening/USAAF Kick-off
Friday, April 30, 6PM (PST)
After party and social gathering to follow (more details to come)

Environmental Resiliency and AAPI Leadership in Action
(Artist Panel Co-Presented by the Asian Art Museum)

Saturday, May 15, 4PM (PST)

Closing Reception
Sunday, May 23, 2PM (PST)

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Angela Angel
Angela Han
Cindy Shih
Claire Lau
Erina Alejo
Tenzin Tsering (Tenzoni)
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Gradient Earthlings (Victoria Cheng and Natalie Yap)
Irene Wibawa
Janna Añonuevo Langholz
Kristiana Chan
Lydia Nakashima Degarrod
Narinda Heng
Pallavi Sharma
Pam Tau Lee
Priya Kaur Handa
Radical Family Farms
Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt
Tricia Rainwater-Tutwiler
Wen-hao Tien

EXHIBITION TEAM

Curator
Lisa Pradhan (Forward Echo and </3)

Exhibition Manager
Diana Li (Agrarianaa: Art Inspired by APA Agricultural Roots and Appendix)

Exhibition Design Intern
Rachel Poonsiriwong

Programs and Publicity
Melanie Elvena

Public Relations
Christina Campbell

Jurors
Shina Robinson (Local Policy Associate at Asian Pacific Environmental Network)
Maureen Nandini Mitra (Managing Editor of Earth Island Journal)
Rebekah Olstad (Community Herbalist, Red Autumn Apothecary)

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

Presentation Partners
Asian American Women Artists Association, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, Asian Art Museum

Community Partners
Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, South of Market Community Action Network, 18 Million Rising, Survival Media Agency

Funded in part by
California Arts Council, San Francisco, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation

Sponsored by
Asian Art Museum and Rainbow Grocery

WHEN
April 30, 2021 at 6:00pm - May 23, 2021
WHERE
SOMArts Cultural Center

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