How does ‘place’ resonate with you? Where does this concept fall in your narrative as an Asian Pacific American? Is it your migration story? Do you witness it through displacement? Is it your experience with reclaiming something that once was? Or is it through the intersections of your own identity? This year’s theme, RE:place, is limitless and multidimensional -- our participating artists did just that, saw no bounds, and contributed to one of the most exhilarating APAture festival seasons to date.

For 17 seasons, APAture has been an imperative platform for emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the only multidisciplinary arts festival of its kind in the country, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is honored to provide the space, exposure, recognition, and audience for local creatives.

APAture 2018: RE:place ran from October 13 to November 4 with over 60 participating artists in performing arts, visual arts, book arts, literary arts, film, and music. At the Opening Reception we honored Barbara Jane Reyes and Taraneh Hemami as this year’s Focus Award recipients for their contributions and impact that has shaped our community. We then wrapped things up at the Closing Reception as artists and organizers recounted their gratifying experiences and reflected over the four weekends that the festival was held.

We kicked off this year’s APAture at the Asian Art Museum with the Performing Arts Showcase that closed with an electric multimedia performance by Jyun Jyun and missTANGQ that combined music, modern dance, puppetry, animation, and more! Week Two was the visual arts opening reception highlighted by our APAture Focus Awards ceremony and the unveiling of new works by 15 local APA visual artists including Re-imagining Idols, a large scale mixed media installation that explored ancestral threads and shared lineage by our feature artist, Malaya Tuyay. We also held our Book Arts showcase at the San Francisco Public Library as our guests took a stroll through our always popular artist’s alley and attended panels by our featured artist, Jess Wu-O, and a panel on incarceration in refugee communities hosted by APAture 2015 featured artist, Thi Bui. Week Three led off with the Ignite Youth Open Mic, hosted by YOHANA, where local youth took their turn on the mic to share songs, poems, performances, and more! The next day featured artist, Janice Sapigao, headlined a stellar line-up of writers at the Literary Showcase, and we had a full house at Z Space for our Film Showcase showcasing ten local filmmakers including featured artist, Jody Stillwater. Week Four of APAture we closed out the festival with the community coming out strong to pack the legendary Hotel Utah for the music showcase headlined by Sikh rapper, Seti X.

APAture 2018 would not have been possible without the time and energy of our 15 member General Planning Committee (GPC), 14 festival co-presenters, media and fiscal sponsors, outstanding volunteers, and over 1000 attendees. To the familiar faces who showed up, thank you for your continued support. To the large wave of new faces who attended APAture for the first time, welcome to our community.

But the increase of new attendees wasn’t the only generated success we saw. We met our Indiegogo Campaign goal of $3000 as well as surpassed a goal of $500 during our flash fundraiser at Opening Reception! There was also a significant increase in online and network coverage as well as visitor engagement.

APAture was featured in local news outlets such as SF Chronicle, SF Examiner, and Thrillist. A handful of our artists were interviewed through the weekly radio show, APEX Express. Jody Stillwater and Cloud Like Steps represented on NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa. We also partnered with Bay Area Buzz for a APAture festival pass giveaway that garnered an exponential amount of attention.

Our sincerest thanks to Paloma Concordia, Pia Cortez, and Selena Navarro of PapaLoDown Agency for making this happen!

The end of the season always surmounts to a bittersweet feeling, however, we are looking forward to APAture 2019. To get involved as a GPC member, participating artist, or volunteer, be on the lookout for announcements early next year. Until then, light and gratitude to everyone involved for a notable season!

ARTISTS
Performing Arts
Cesar Cadabes
Cindy Zhang
Eileen Li x Liv Yin
Jyun Jyun x missTANGQ
Miche Wong
Nadhi Thekkek x Nava Dance Theatre
Vilaska Nguyen

Visual Arts
Aidan Noda
Anoushka Mirchandani
Ariel Huang
Houyee Chow
J-Monk
Jason Ting
Jess Young
Kristiana Chan
Malaya Tuyay
Manar Harb
Mariel Paat
Michael Kang
OM France Viana
Vasudhaa Narayanan
Veronica Wang

Book Arts
Anand Vedawala
Brenda Nguyen
Dana Chan
Deni Kwan
Don Aguillo x Raf Salazar
Eishin Yoshida
Gerry Chow
In-betweeners
Jess Wu-O
Lani CA
Lindsey Adams
Lining Wang
R.L. Muas

Literary
Amy Huang
Irman Arcibal
Janice Lobo Sapigao
Juliana Chang
Kirin Khan
Michelle Ting
Sara Fan
Shirley Huey

Film
Amanda Lee
Angela Alberto
Daria Garina
Evelyn Obamos x Ruby Ibarra
Grace Villaroman
Gretchen Carvajal
Hieu Gray
Jalena Keane-Lee
Jody Stillwater
Matt Shimura
Sal Tran

Music
ContainHER x Cloud Like Steps
Dokoe
Gala
Kin
SAMMAY
SETI X
Yiann

FOCUS AWARDEES
Barbara Jane Reyes
Taraneh Hemami

KEARNY STREET WORKSHOP STAFF
Jason Bayani (Artistic Director) 
Mihee Kim (Managing Director)

GENERAL PLANNING COMMITTEE
Breanne Batara (Festival Coordinator)
Amy Huang
Anh Bui
Anoushka Mirchandani
Anthony Mata
Eileen Li
Elisabeth Chin
Emily Lin
Gemma Datuin
Kristiana Chan
Mariel Paat
Michael Kang
Michael Nicer
Michelle Ting

EVENT VOLUNTEERS
Aashvi Jhaveri
Cindy Ho
Jen Hao
Jennifer Punzalan
Lydia Chu
Mark Flores
Megan Combs
Meghana Gadiraju
Michelle Lin
Mirabilia Linga
Phuong Tran
Sam Novela
Theresa Nguyen

PHOTO & VIDEOGRAPHY
Anth Bongco
Diana Li
Jason Nou
Kristiana Chan
Michael Nicer

MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
Paloma Concordia, Pia Cortez, and Selena Navarro of PapaLoDown Agency

DESIGN & PRINT
Emily Lin
Jaz Sufi
Kristiana Chan
Stephanie Whigham

OPENING RECEPTION PERFORMERS
Knxout x Miche Wong
Vasudhaa Narayanan

OPENING RECEPTION VENDOR
@EatWithTracy

CLOSING RECEPTION PERFORMER
Manar Harb

KSW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul Ocampo, President
Robynn Takayama, Vice President
Cristiana Baik, Secretary
Lawrence Liu, Treasurer
Amanda Chaudhary
Jenny Ton

SPECIAL THANKS
Abraham Ignacio
Adrienne Cheung
Anth Bongco
Audrey Brown
Claire Calderon
Dara Del Rosario
Deanna Sison
Diana Li
Donna Chan
Francis Calimlim
Jaz Sufi
Jordan Ranft
Karen Ni
Kazumi Chin
Keith Kanoff
Kimberley Arteche
Malaya Tuyay
Marc Mayer
Michael Yochum
Michelle Lin
One City One Book
Paloma Concordia
PJ Policarpio
Priscilla Otani
R.L. Muas
Robert Handa
Shelley Kuang
Silvia Chang
Stephen Wagner
Thi Bui
Truong Tran
Weston Teruya

FAQ

FESTIVAL SPONSORS

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