18TH UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL
Festival Line-Up & Details
From April to June, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural center will be featuring 29(!) artistic and cultural events, showcasing the dynamic experiences of the contemporary Asian American and Pacific Islander arts community.
See our United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) line-up below with our various disciplines and exciting events. Click the titles for the Who, What, Where, and When of each event.
Manilatown Heritage Foundation from April 2-29 - An exhibition featuring artwork by 15 emerging and established Asian and Pacific Islander American artists. Stemming from the traditional concept of “Hungry Ghosts” - typically lost or unhappy spirits - the exhibition explores how unresolved historical struggles continue to haunt us today.
SOMArts Cultural Center on May 1 - ONE IN WHICH WE ARE is USAAF 2015's featured visual arts exhibition, curated by David de Rozas and Alex Wang. A group exhibition organized as a dialogue-conversation where artists of varying backgrounds explore notions of communal interdependence in relation to individual positionality; an unstable, constant place from where we construct and interpret our daily lives. The Opening Reception particularly features a special performance from NAKA Dance Theatre, "Excerpts from The Anastasio Project."
SOMArts Cultural Center on May 1 - Based on the story of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, “The Anastasio Project” is a public performance work that investigates the roles of racial profiling, police brutality, and border violence in the streets of Oakland and at the US-Mexico border. This multidisciplinary performance is part of the ONE IN WHICH WE ARE Festival’s visual arts exhibit and will occurring only during the Opening Reception on May 1st.
African American Culture Complex from May 29-30 - “Queer Rebels Fest” seeks to shed light on our collective voices in the LGBTQ of color community, featuring two nights of provocative multidisciplinary performances.
Exit Theatre on May 30- Written and performed by comedian/storyteller Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Nerd Nation follows the evolution (not creation - we believe in science) of her “nerdity” through first person and real life nerd interview data.
Mission Cultural Center on June 6 - A unique coloring book event and pop-up exhibition featuring artist talks, creative art, and discussions about what it means to be API. Featuring artists Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Hoi-Fei Mok, Nicole Gervacio, and many more!
SOMArts Cultural Center from June 6-7- Through workshop, dialogue, and performance, “Urban x Indigenous” aims to unite cultural and urban performance artists to strengthen the network of urban-indigenous community members towards collective action. Through arts as activism, urban movers, activist-scholars, and indigenous artists will gather to engage in a space of ritual, remembering, and (re)telling.
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