A Place of Her Own™ (Community Partnership with Cynthia Tom Arts & Healing)
Through a series of guided workshops, participants uncover discover solutions to culturally enforced silence and trauma. Asian American women express their response with the use of various media: visual art, performance, and literary art. Participants present their work during an exhibition, which results in a self-published catalogue. As A PLACE OF HER OWN traverses different avenues, the project serves as a means to cultivate dialogue that raises consciousness about women’s issues and builds stronger interactive communities. www.aplaceofherown.org
An innovative anthology featuring visual art, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by Asian American women artists who challenge contemporary and historical assumptions about what it means to create Asian American art. What distinguishes Cheers to Muses from many other anthologies are the compelling dedications, written by our contributors, to other Asian American women whose lives or works have influenced and inspired their own. This anthology serves as a testament to the fact that these contemporary artists and writers are part of a continuum of the Asian American woman’s struggle for independence and creative freedom.
An opportunity for emerging curators to develop their vision around Asian American Art. AAWA assists them with curating, planning, presenting, and documenting exhibitions at alternative venues, growing the dialogue and awareness between curators and Asian American women artists. AAWA’s Emerging Curators Program (ECP) aims to cultivate curatorial expertise in the Asian American community by providing dynamic opportunities for talented, motivated individuals to develop and present original contemporary art exhibits.
Every year, AAWA puts on large-scale multidisciplinary arts exhibitions at local galleries to provide opportunities to showcase the contemporary works of Asian Pacific American women in the arts and the diversity within the APA community. Each show features novel themes that challenge what it means to be Asian American, a woman, and an artist, enabling dialogue about the socio-political concerns of present day. Our most recent exhibitions: Eating Cultures and underCurrents & the Quest for Space.
AAWA hosts workshops on public speaking within an arts and social justice construct. We develop an ongoing pool of speakers that are artists, scholars, educators, etc. who provide professional presentations about AAWA, Asian American women in the arts, and their artworks. Speaker’s Bureau is available for lectures in the classroom, during functions and events.
A documentary short film illuminating the life and times of visionary artist and AAWA founding mother, Bernice Bing—Chinese American, lesbian, Buddhist and activist. Produced by AAWA, the film tells the powerful and inspirational story of a unique American icon of the arts.