USAAF 2021

THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2021
FORGING OUR FUTURES - SOMA & CHINATOWN

The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces the 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival.

About the USAAF 2021

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, Forging Our Futures - SoMa & Chinatown, explores the following:

• How are we fostering recovery, resilience, and regeneration in our SoMa and Chinatown communities during these difficult times?
• What does place-making and community building look like in SoMa and Chinatown’s past, present, and future? How do they intersect?
• How are we imagining and manifesting empowered futures for ourselves and our communities?

Film still from Water Pilgrimage by Ranko Ogura, edited by Daniel Ancheta for USAAF 2020.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59PM PST 

APPLY HERE

 
*Prior to filling out the application, please read the guidelines below completely and carefully.

USAAF 2021 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Individual artists, arts groups, and arts organizations are welcome to submit applications for art events occurring in May 2021.

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 FORGING OUR FUTURES - SoMa and Chinatown:

  • How are we fostering recovery, resilience, and regeneration in our SoMa and Chinatown communities during these difficult times?
  • What does place-making and community building look like in SoMa and Chinatown’s past, present, and future? How do they intersect?
  • How are we imagining and manifesting empowered futures for ourselves and our communities?
 
***FESTIVAL AWARDS, LEVELS OF SUPPORT AND ELIGIBILITY***

This year's award categories and levels of support have been adapted in response to the challenges we face with the pandemic and the nature of community gatherings during this time. Click here to review the new award levels and the types of events that will be supported.

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. 

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION FORMAT

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE AT 11:59PM PST ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2021. 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 entries@apiculturalcenter.org. 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

Click here to view a checklist of important items required to submit through the application.

IMPORTANT DATES

Application 1:1 Workshops – January 11 - February 5, 2021 (details below)
Application Deadline – Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59PM PST
Artists Notified – Week of February 22, 2021

For selected producing artists:
Mandatory Orientation – Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 6PM PST
Contract Deadline – Saturday, March 6, 2021 
Marketing Copy Deadline – Saturday, March 27, 2021
Workshop Dates – TBD
Festival Kick-Off – Friday, April 30, 2021 (open to the public)

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS 

One-on-one application workshops are available by appointment Mondays between January 18-February 5, 2021. Schedule an appointment to speak with APICC Staff prior to the submission deadline in the Calendly below: