WORLD PREMIERE: Revisiting Vincent
A Play Re-enactment
TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012, 6:30-9:30PM
New York Law School
185 West Broadway @ Leonard Street
1 Train to Franklin, A C E Trains to Canal St
One night in Detroit in June 1982, while celebrating his bachelor party, 27-year-old Vincent Chin was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat. His killers never served a single day in jail. MAnyAsian Americans consider the Vincent Chin case and its aftermath as the genesis of the Asian American civil rights movement.
Revisiting Vincent, a world premiere, is a dramatic performance adapted from original transcripts, video interviews, and personal testimonies from the case. Artistic direction by a4 staff and theater directors, Soriya Chum and Elena Chang.
Introduction by the Honorable Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Talkback moderated by Dean Frank Wu, University of California, Hastings College of Law.
2012 APA Legislative Advocacy Day
Photo: Bora Lee
On Monday, May 7, 2012, a4 Program Director Nico Daswani and more than 60 policy advocates, social service providers, community health workers, researchers, and community members joined Assemblywoman Grace Meng for New York State's 2012 Asian Pacific American Legislative Advocacy Day in Albany, to advocate for landmark legislation (A9792) to demand that New York State collect, analyze, and disseminate disaggregated data on the diverse Asian Pacific American community. The event featured a beautiful performance, sponsored by a4, by vocalist and composer Samita Sinha. We caught up with Samita to ask her about her work and what this event meant to her:
Photo: Bora Lee
Where are you from?
I was born and bred in Queens, New York!
How would you describe your work in one sentence?
I combine tradition with experiment to create new forms, drawing from a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, a contemporary vocabulary, folk and ritual music, and songs and texts in several languages.
What was your experience like in Albany?
Last Monday was a very special experience for me. Not only is it important that you all had the vision to have arts and culture represented--no, integrated--into the day's important events, but it is vital for artists to plug into the world beyond the echo chamber of the art world.
What types of parallels exist between your work and this type of advocacy?
Since the space I am creating/crafting through voice and body is Asian in sensibility, and American also (and many other things besides), it was a particular joy to bring my work alive within the theme of day, "Invisible No More".
How else do you engage in community work?
I bring singing back into community settings, bringing people from different walks of life together in one room to sing and talk. I have done this in Jackson Heights, Queens, as well as in York, Alabama. The work in Alabama turned into a two-year project called the Community Coalition Choir, which brought together Black and White singing traditions, threaded together by Indian musical principles. Also, I have been working with MAPP on an initiative called People's Potlucks, which brings people together for creative experience, dialogue, and food. Finally, I teach music, especially the intersection of music and culture, in NYC public schools through Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y.
If you too are interested in participating in a4's advocacy work, contact Executive Director Andrea Louie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth Annual APA City Advocacy Day
Photo: Andrea Louie
On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, the 13% and Growing Coalition gathered more than 200 community members, advocates and allies at City Hall for the 4th Annual Asian Pacific American (APA) City Advocacy Day to protest budget cuts and demand equitable funding for the Asian Pacific American community. The 13% and Growing Coalition, co-led by the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families and the MinKwon Center for Community Action, unites over 45 Asian-led or serving organizations in the City to fight for a fair budget that protects the most vulnerable Asian Pacific American New Yorkers including children and youth, women, seniors, immigrants and low-income individuals.
a4 staff Andrea Louie and Soriya Chum represented a4, a member of the coalition, at the rally.
"Building a Movement: Replicate your project in other cities"
Photo: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 6:30-8:00PM
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street (between Howard and Grand Sts)
Subways: N Q R J Z 6 to Canal St
Why do some ideas spread like wildfire? When does a project become a "movement"? Join us for a lively discussion exploring the hows and whys and pros and cons of allowing your concept to flourish elsewhere.
Wendy Brawer, Green Map (local map templates promoting sustainability, now used by activists and environmentalists in over 800 cities, towns and villages in 64 countries)
Casey Kelbaugh, Slideluck Potshow (slideshow & potluck gatherings, now operating in 40 cities around the world)
David Koren, FIGMENT Festival (NYC-based participatory arts festival, which has now spread to three other cities in the U.S.)
Steven Rand, apexart (decentralized funding and support for dozens of arts exhibitions taking place in six countries.)
Wen-Jay Ying, Local Roots NYC (community-supported agriculture project or CSA, bringing foods grown in local farms to nearby communities. Currently over 100 CSAs in New York City alone.)
Conversation moderated by Nico Daswani, a4 Program Director.
$10 General Admission, Free for Alliance+ and MoCA members
Purchase tickets here
This event is part of Brainstorm!, a4's series of lively panel discussions on the artist as entrepreneur.
Co-produced by a4 and the Museum of Chinese in America.
Summer Town Halls Schedule
June Town Hall
Photo: Kevin Huang
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012, 10:00AM-12:00PM
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street (between Broadway and 6th Ave)
Subways: N R 6 to 28th St, F M E to 23rd St
This June, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at New York Insight Meditation Center. Spoken word theater artist YaliniDream will be performing--add your voice with your own performance or pitch.
RSVP For June Town Hall here
July Town Hall
TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Chen Dance Center
70 Mulberry St, 2nd Floor
(between Canal and Bayard Sts)
Subways: N Q R J Z 6 to Canal St
Join us at Chen Dance Center this July for a summer evening Town Hall, just in time for Independence Day.
RSVP for July Town Hall here
August Town Hall
photo: Kevin Huang
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012, 6:00PM-8:00PM
The Garden at Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow St
(between Bedford and Bleecker Sts)
Subways: A B C D E F M to West 4th St, 1 to Christopher St
Join us in the enchanting garden of Greenwich House Music School for this midsummer night's outdoor Town Hall.
RSVP for August Town Hall here
33rd Annual Asian American Heritage Festival
photo: Andrea Louie
a4 had a great time at the 33rd Annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival this past Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Dumbo, Brooklyn. To those of you who were there, thanks for coming out!
Birthday Salute for Private Danny Chen
The Organization of Chinese in America - New York (OCA-NY) is holding a birthday salute for Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinese American soldier who took his own life following weeks of constant mistreatment and discrimination by his superiors while stationed in Afghanistan.
Private Danny Chen would have turned 20 on May 26th, 2012. OCA-NY invites the community to commemorate what would have been his birthday.
Join a4 member artists Corky Lee, Project Agent Orange, and YaliniDream at this event. a4 staff member Elena Chang will serve as co-emcee.
World Premiere: RANGOON
Pan Asian Repertory Theater presents this world premiere of Rangoon, a contemporary play in which a family of Indian immigrants must deal with the seductions of American life while trying to keep their heritage alive. Spanning from Burma to the American South, this story is funny and tragic--a quintessential 21st century American tale.
The play runs from May 25 to June 17, 2012, at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row.
Alliance+ Member Events
Friday, May 18, 8:00pm-10:00pm
Shanghai Kunqu Opera Performs The Lanke Mountain
Asia Society presents this Kunqu Opera performance of The Lanke Mountain, a tale of greed, ambition, betrayal, and humor.
Saturday, May 19 - Sunday, May 20, times vary
Flat Tire Productions presents this Those Indian Guys production, a comedic one-man show about a New Zealand born son of Indian immigrants who is navigating an arranged marriage.
Sunday, May 20 - Monday, May 21, times vary
Magic Lantern Film Series Screening
Chen Dance Center presents this screening of short films submitted to their Magic Lantern Film Slam.
Friday, June 1, 7:30pm
Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute of NY 25th Anniversary Performance
The Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute of NY presents this Kayagum performance by master Yoon Sook Park, protector of the late Kayagum Master "Dae Bong Yoo" style.
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[Featured Alliance+ Member]
Theresa Loong is a filmmaker and interactive media professional. She is an award-winning producer whose work has been exhibited at the SVA, Sala de Exposiciones, Teriennale di Milano and Circulo de Bellas Artes. Theresa served as an associate producer on the public television film So Very Far from Home (also available on SnagFilms and shown on the SMG Documentary Channel, Shanghai) and as a researcher for the PBS documentary, China Now: To Get Rich Is Glorious.
Theresa has just completed work on Every Day is a Holiday, a documentary based on her discovery of her father's past as a POW in a Japanese work camp during World War II. Every Day is a Holiday was recently picked up by ITVS and is now broadcasting across the United States! To find out when it is airing where you live, click here.
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Posted! Opportunities on the UAI Forum
(Call for Applications) The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants up to $10,000 each for artists working in photography and photo-based art.
Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2012
(Call for Applications) The fourth annual "BID ON CULTURE" seeks banner designs. A total of five custom-designed banners will be selected to hang on streetlight poles along 125th Street from 5th Avenue to Morningside Avenue.
Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2012
(Call for Submissions) IW Group Inc. seeks artists for its 2013 Calendar Project. Artists are invited to create images celebrating Asian American holidays for a 12-month calendar.
Deadline: Thursday, May 24, 2012
(Call for Submissions) Cue Art Foundation seeks applicants for a curatorial residency. This program provides one curator with the necessary time and resources to realize an innovative project, with the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning.
Deadline: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
(Call for Applications) The Disney | ABC Writing Program is accepting applications for its one-year program offering emerging television writers a chance to work with industry professionals.
Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2012
(Call for Proposals) The Princess Grace Foundation-USA has opened applications for the 2012 Princess Grace Awards in theater, playwriting, dance performance, choreography, and film. The awards support emerging artists.
Deadline for Film: Friday, June 1, 2012
(Guidelines Available) The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist Residency Program supports artists and organizations working together to increase demand for jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance.
Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2012 ("intent to apply" form)
Learn about more opportunities and post your own!
The Urban Artist Initiative (UAI) Forum is a joint project of Asian American Arts Alliance, Amerinda, Bronx Council on the Arts, Harlem Arts Alliance, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Queens Council on the Arts.
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