Kearny Street Workshop Presents Over 60 Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists in the 16th Annual APAture Festival

Over 60 Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists in the 16th Annual APAture Festival. Six showcases over four weekends will exhibit work in venues throughout San Francisco’s SoMa District.

Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is amplifying the voices of the Bay Area’s emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) artists at APAture 2017: Unravel. This year marks APAture’s 16th season, as well as KSW’s 45th year anniversary, making it the oldest Asian Pacific American multi-disciplinary arts organization in the country. Over the course of four weekends between September 30th and October 28th, APAture’s six showcases are providing a space for the community to experience the work of six featured artists, along with over 60 other local up-and-coming APA artists.

For the first time in APAture history, KSW is honoring featured artists of the past with the APAture Focus Award. The five honorees— Ali Wong (Comedian | Baby Cobra), Hasan Minhaj (Actor/Comedian | The Daily Show), Kristina Wong (Comedian/Performance Artist | New York Times Off Color series), Michael Arcega (Visual Artist | Guggenheim Fellow) and the late, great Justin Chin (Poet | Gutted, 98 Wounds) — were selected based on their unique contributions to amplifying the APA community’s collective voice within American culture, and setting an example for what success looks like, especially for APA artists. Awards will be presented during APAture’s Opening Reception on September 30th.

This year’s theme, Unravel, examines our stories, hxstories, narratives, and beliefs, leading us to these questions: What are the interconnected threads we wish to investigate and untangle? What is there to discover when we unravel?

“At a time when immigrants and people of color are being denied their stories, APAture is vital, showcasing the beauty and power of our community.” – Vanessa Hua, Featured Artist, Literary Arts Showcase, APAture 2017

Throughout the four weekends, attendees have opportunities to immerse themselves in each showcase: Visual (Rea Lynn DeGuzman), Literary (Vanessa Hua, Deceit and Other Possibilities), Music (Kohinoorgasm), Film (Cyrus Tabar), Book Arts (Innosanto Nagara, A is for Activist), and Performance (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto). Unravel is designed to…

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