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.
This year’s USAAF is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Fleishhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, startsmall and the National Endowment 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.
USAAF 2021 RECAP
Read the full festival recap and continue to see USAAF 2021 art throughout the summer!
USAAF 2021 CALENDAR
Full list of online and outdoor programming happening May-June, 2021
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SF CHRONICLE DATEBOOK
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"Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the Bay Area"
LOCAL TV NEWS
Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Documentary honors San Francisco community heroes who stepped up during pandemic
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What Can the Environmental Movement Learn From Asian American Art?
Aaron Mok - May 18, 2021
The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center is thrilled to announce the presenting artists for the 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival:
FEATURED & COMMISSIONED ARTISTS
Audrey Thao Berger and Noah Wang
ARTISTS PRESENTING SELF-PRODUCED VIRTUAL EVENTS
Balay Kreative & Pilipinx Virtual Histories
Lauren Andrei Garcia
The following workshops are open to the public with a focus on events occurring as part of USAAF 2021.
Click each workshop link below to register:
Programming During the Pandemic
Monday, March 15 @ 6pm
Budget & Fundraising
Wednesday, March 17 @ 6pm
Taxes for Artists
Monday, March 22 @ 6pm
Marketing & Publicity
Wednesday, March 24 @ 6pm
CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW CLOSED
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59PM PST
Interested in applying next year? Review this year's Submission Guidelines.