May Town Hall: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month!
6:30 – 8:15PM
Join the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) for our May Town Hall in celebration of all things Asian American Pacific Islanders!
In light of the rising awareness of anti-Asian violence and the growing solidarity emanating from protest and care within our communities, we look forward to celebrating, amplifying, and uplifting the diverse practices and ideas coming out of the AAPI creative community through the Town Hall’s rapid-fire line-up of 60-second pitches.
- Bing Chen, President and Co-Founder of Gold House will share Where We Go From Here: how we can plant long-term socioeconomic opportunities for Asians, Pacific Islanders, and multicultural communities.
- Olivia Pearl, NYC Junior Organizer at NAPAWF and Liliana Rasmussen, Brooklyn-based artist and designer will discuss their new campaign that connects art and activism and will advocate for greater access to healthcare.
China Residencies Digital Diasporas
A Cure for Kung Flu: Killer Asian Artists Take the Stage
Shing Chung & Georges Bridges
Asian American Film Lab
Christine Fang & Cindy Trinh
Invisible No More
Chicago Japan Film Collective
NY Project Hope/Hamilton Madison House
J CHEN PROJECT
Director, Ford Foundation Gallery
Cindy Trinh & Treya Lam
Be the Cure
The Red Curtain Project
NJ Performing Arts Center
Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur
Kinding Sindaw Heritage Foundaiton
Sign up to pitch and share an idea or project, promote an event, ask for advice, find collaborators and resources for your work, or simply introduce yourself to the community.
After the pitches and presentations, stick around for some virtual networking and conversation in Zoom breakout rooms with fellow attendees. Instead of our usual potluck, we’re asking participants to share a resource that fits into the topics of this event. It can be a quote, a funding campaign, a social media post, a book, a song, or anything. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required to pitch and/or attend. You don’t have to pitch to attend—RSVP to enjoy the presentations, idea exchange, and the virtual company of fellow artists and organizers! We’ll send the Zoom meeting link to all registered attendees.
Bing Chen is an impact entrepreneur and new world builder, leveraging storytelling and systems to deliver greater socioeconomic equity. He is President and Co-founder of Gold House, the premier collective of Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders dedicated to uniting the world’s largest populace–Asians & Pacific Islanders–to enable more authentic multicultural representation and societal equity. He is also General Partner and Co-founder of AUM Group, a multicultural film fund; and serves as a Board Director and Advisor to several leading digital media companies including Google’s Global Marketing Board, Snap’s Yellow Incubator, Omnicom’s Sparks & Honey, Baobab Studios, Oura Health, Musely, and more. Previously, he was YouTube’s Global Head of Creator Development and Management, where he was one of the original and principal architects of the multi-billion dollar influencer ecosystem that supports 500 million creators worldwide. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree; a Hollywood Reporter Next Gen Leader; a Hollywood Reporter Most Influential Agent of Change; ADCOLOR Catalyst Award Honoree; Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader; Magic Johnson’s 32 Under 32 Leader; and Asian Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year. Bing is a third culture kid across North America and Asia, finally graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, which becomes obvious at $11.99 buffets.
Olivia Pearl (she/her) is the NYC Junior Organizer at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), where she builds power with Asian and Pacific Islander women and gender nonconforming people around the issues of economic, immigration, and reproductive justice. There, she leads the efforts on the Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2019 (H.R. 4701) campaign in New York. She is attending graduate school in the fall to address the social determinants that bar individuals from getting the access to care they need and deserve in the US.
Liliana Rasmussen (she/they) is a Brooklyn-based artist and designer whose work emphasizes feminine energy and agency and seeks to display the beauty of women of color. She also has experience organizing and designing for reproductive rights and advocating for expanding healthcare coverage. Her work can be found @naicha.art on Instagram.
About A4’s Town Hall
Town Hall is A4’s bi-monthly community gathering event that features presentations, pitches, and a potluck! We welcome artists of all disciplines (musicians, actors, filmmakers, poets, visual artists—anyone with a creative fire and joy for the arts), as well as arts organizations, to pitch upcoming projects, find collaborators, or discover new opportunities in a lively space. The catch? You have 60 seconds to deliver your pitch!
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; National Endowment for the Arts; the CJ Huang Foundation; Capital One; Con Edison; and numerous individual donors.