USAAF 2020


The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces a call for entries for the 23rd Annual United States of Asian America Festival: FINDING KINSHIP. Please read the following section completely and carefully.

About the USAAF 2020

Individual artists, arts groups, and arts organizations are welcome to submit applications for events occurring in May 2020.

FESTIVAL THEME | 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 of FINDING KINSHIP:

  • The importance and need for various forms of kinship and empowered community building as Pacific Islanders and Asians living in America - e.g. familial, creative and cultural, chosen families, geographical, spiritual, political, etc.
  • Honoring our shared stories as Asians and Pacific Islanders in America, and revealing different parallels and intersections that imagine a future of empathy and solidarity between marginalized communities.
  • The journey of accepting or denying kinship by and between individuals and distinct communities.


Click here to read more about Festival Awards and Levels of Support.

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).

USAAF DOES NOT FUND | Benefits and fundraisers. Events not open or accessible to the general public. Events occurring outside of the city and county of San Francisco.*


Online Application

Apply to USAAF 2020 online: USAAF 2020 Submission Form

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FORMAT | ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE AT 11:59PM PST ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted. All files must be submitted through the online submission form.

If you have any problems with this submission form, please contact APICC's Artistic Director Melanie Elvena directly at 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. The selected and wait-listed artists or groups will be contacted by email the week of Monday, November 18, 2019.



One-on-one application workshops are available by appointment between September 30-October 28, 2019. Please schedule an appointment to speak with APICC Staff prior to the submission deadline.






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