THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2020
The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces the 23rd Annual United States of Asian America Festival: FINDING KINSHIP.
About the USAAF 2020
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. USAAF is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
This year’s theme, Finding Kinship, exposed the importance and need for various forms of kinship and empowered community building for Pacific Islanders and Asians living in America - familial, creative and cultural, chosen families, geographical, spiritual, political, and beyond. The festival honors our shared stories, and reveals different parallels and intersections that imagine a future of empathy and solidarity between marginalized communities.
The festival is over, but you can still watch online recordings of some of this year's events and programs, including the Legacy & Lineage film series.
Click here to watch these recordings along with the video recap and read more on everyone we had to thank this year!
USAAF 2020 Online
Our community's health is very important to us.
Please read this letter to learn how APICC is responding to the evolving circumstances related to COVID-19.
Workshops are available to USAAF participants every year. Attend some of the workshops that are open to the public before the festival starts:
The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center is thrilled to announce the presenting artists for the United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) coming in May-June 2020!
Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Ramon Abad/Bindlestiff Studio
Ranko Ogura Dance
Kearny Street Workshop
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance
Rea Lynn de Guzman
A Hxstory of Renting
Urban x Indigenous
Political Participation Inherited
Juried by Eddie Wong, Tatiana Chaterji and USAAF 2020 Featured Artist Sami See, the selected artists best reflected the festival's goals towards diversity and artistic excellence while also embodying this year's festival theme: Finding Kinship.
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.*
Apply to USAAF 2020 online: Now Closed
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.
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 [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. The selected and wait-listed artists or groups will be contacted by email the week of Monday, November 18, 2019.
APPLICATION WORKSHOPS |
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.
Photo by Lorenz Angelo, Urban x Indigenous 2016