Come back together for a special plenary celebrating the winners of the Americans for the Arts Leadership Awards and exploring the complex interchange between politics and the arts in our current political climate. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will share some thoughts about the role of the arts in politics (and vice versa) and will then join Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch for a wide-ranging conversation and Q&A. #aftacon
Presenters Nancy Pelosi House Democratic Leader
United States House of Representatives
San Francisco, California
Robert Lynch President and CEO
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Abel Lopez Associate Producing Director
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Washington, District of Columbia
Part of Thursday Nights at the Asian Art Museum and our current exhibition #TombTreasures.
Resistance Mixtape, Volume 1, brings together Bay Area activists and artists for an evening of performance, storytelling, history, and inspiration.
Join movement elders and activist musicians, poets and organizers — and discover ways to plug in to the resistance. Performers and presenters include Joti Singh, Pam Tau Lee, Zakia Afrin, Aparna Kanungo, Rupert Estanislao, Rupa Marya, and Zahra Billoo.
This event is curated by Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee of the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour.
(original photo of Joti Singh by Kegan Marling)
Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM | Free with museum admission ($10 after 5 PM)
World Music+ Dance students from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts present their annual Takeover performance, featuring Japanese Taiko Drumming, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban & West African Drumming & Dance, Bhangra & Bollywood Dance,Tahitian X Taiko Crossover, Mariachi Band, and the debut of the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. Plus Senior student compositions!
As always, this should be an electrifying, high-energy event!
The kids Bollywood dance performance will include students from more than 8 different schools!
Friday’s performance will feature students from Bessie Carmichael Elementary School and Paul Revere Middle School.
Duniya Dance and Drum Company is looking for dancers trained in a variety of styles. We do evening-length theater performances, school assemblies, festival performances, and private gigs, such as weddings, business events, and parties. Most performances are paid; at this time rehearsals are not paid. Rehearsals are Wednesdays and some Fridays 6:30-8:30pm in San Francisco.
If you pick up choreography quickly, have performance experience, and are trained in West African, Bhangra, Bollywood, or any other dance forms, come audition for us! Please be prepared to show us a short choreography, up to 1 minute, in any style, and bring your music on a phone or mp3 player.
Date: Friday, April 14th
Location: Symbolic Dance and Fitness, 672 So. Van Ness, between 18th and 17th St.
On April 8th, South Asian American Digital Archive will host a day-long symposium bringing together artists, activists, academics, and archivists to explore ways to challenge the systematic erasure of stories of marginalized communities in America.
The symposium will be held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and will premiere works from five artists – musicians, visual artists, and dancers – who have engaged SAADA’s archives to find inspiration from overlooked histories of South Asians in the US.
This cohort includes Rudresh Mahanthappa, Chitra Ganesh, Chiraag Bhakta, Joti Singh, and Zain Alam. Their year-long discovery process culminates with a presentation of works-in-progress, discussions of art and archives as activism, and other interactive workshops.
There are many ways to support Duniya’s creative work and teaching. Your donations directly fund new costumes, and hiring professional editors to put together our videos from “Half and Halves,” and “Lanyee,” so that we can continue to promote and perform these shows. They also help us to secure rehearsal space, create our promotional materials, and cover general operating expenses. All tax-deductible donations are made through our fiscal sponsor, Dancers’ Group (dancersgroup.org).
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