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.
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 throughout multiple venues in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. 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.
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 $3,000 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 East Bay Express, 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 Honda. We also partnered with Bay Area Buzz for an 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!
Eileen Li x Liv Yin
Jyun Jyun x missTANGQ
Nadhi Thekkek x Nava Dance Theatre
OM France Viana
Don Aguillo x Raf Salazar
Janice Lobo Sapigao
Evelyn Obamos x Ruby Ibarra
ContainHER x Cloud Like Steps
Barbara Jane Reyes
KEARNY STREET WORKSHOP STAFF
Jason Bayani (Artistic Director)
Mihee Kim (Managing Director)
GENERAL PLANNING COMMITTEE
Breanne Batara (Festival Coordinator)
PHOTO & VIDEOGRAPHY
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
Paloma Concordia, Pia Cortez, and Selena Navarro of PapaLoDown Agency
DESIGN & PRINT
OPENING RECEPTION PERFORMERS
Knxout x Miche Wong
OPENING RECEPTION VENDOR
CLOSING RECEPTION PERFORMER
KSW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul Ocampo, President
Robynn Takayama, Vice President
Cristiana Baik, Secretary
Lawrence Liu, Treasurer
Dara Del Rosario
One City One Book