KSW’s APAture Showcases Bay Area Asian Pacific American Talent

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – This October, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), after a four-year hiatus welcomes back APAture, its 12th signature arts festival. Join KSW for a snapshot of the best the Bay Area’s APA artists have to show. At any given APAture you might find…fortune cookie factory documentaries, head shaving poetry, or even didgeridoo solos!

APAture, founded in 1999 to bring the next generation of artists to KSW, presents and examines the work of emerging Bay Area APA talent in visual art, film/video, literary/book arts, music, perfgormance, and experimental media. Events will take place at various venues in San Francisco and Oakland with complementary arts workshops. The festival is juried and curated by the General Planning Committee, an all-volunteer, peer-based committee that is also responsible for planning, coordinating, and staffing APAture. It is composed of students, professionals, artists of all disciplines, arts administrators, community workers, and aspiring curators.

“With APAture”, states Melanie Elvena, APAture Coordinator, “KSW hopes to create a space of self-determination and self-definition for those who have been active artists in the community over the years to those just starting out and may not even consider themselves artists just yet.”

Its goal is to provide a platform to build audiences for emerging artists, to strengthen the sense of community among artists, and to raise awareness of the creativity and diversity within the local APA arts community. The festival will feature about 100 artists from all disciplines. “In general, Asian Pacific Americans are underrepresented in the arts, which is unfortunate since the Bay Area is teeming with talented artists.

APAture wants to bridge that gap,” says Elvena. Artists who have shown at this festival go on to have prolific careers in the arts. Some artist who appeared in APAture in their earlier careers include: Jason Shiga, H.P. Mendoza, Lenora Lee, Samantha Chanse, Shailja Patel, Michael Arcega, Hellen Jo, Raj Kahlon, Derek Kirk Kim, Erika Chong Shuch, Sean San Jose, Goh Nakamura, Anita Chang, Philip Huang, Aimee Suzara, Lordy Rodriguez, Mik Gaspay, Kathy Aoki, Jennifer Wofford, Scott Tsuchitani, and Lark Pien just to name a few.

Opening Weekend:

● October 4 is the Gallery Reception & Opening Party at Arc Studios & Gallery in San Francisco
from 7 PM–12 AM. Come see the multimedia art exhibits, meet the artists, enjoy some
refreshments, and kickoff APAture! From October 5-26, the exhibits will be on display during
gallery hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays from 1-6 PM and Saturdays 12-3 PM.
● October 18 is Literary Night from 7-10 PM at 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco (21+ only
event). Sit down for a drink and listen in for an evening of readings, poetry, and trivia.
● October 19 is the D-I-Y Fair from 11 AM-5 PM at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Meet
the artists and peruse through an offering of comics, zines, and crafts. You may find your new
favorite comic strip or take home a handcrafted piece.
● October 20 we will showcase Art Performances at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco from 3-6
PM. Watch our artists take the stage and come to an afternoon of performances in
dance/movement and theater.

Closing Weekend:

● October 25 from 8 PM- 12 AM is Music Night. Jam with us and enjoy an evening of musical
performances at SUB-Mission in San Francisco.
● October 26 from 12-4 PM, bring the kids and grab your paintbrushes, markers, and pens! We’re
throwing a Youth Interactive Art Party at the Chinatown Youth Center (a.k.a. The Spot) in
● October 26 bring a bag of popcorn, a friend, and join us from 6-9 PM for Film Night. Then, after
the screenings, celebrate APAture’s comeback at our Closing Party – complete with DJ, food, live
art, and performances. *Venue TBA


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