Since January 2018, I have been an active member of APANO’s Artist & Media Project (AMP). AMP is a group of Asians and Pacific Islanders that identify as artists and creatives and believe that the platform of art and media can be used as tools for social change. AMP seeks to increase capacity and provide a vibrant space for arts and media activism to thrive. AMP holds monthly general membership meetings and plans the annual cultural event series, “MicCheck!”, a series of events, workshops, and performances that take place in late summer and fall.
In fall 2018, I was one of six curators who collaboratively worked with Candace Kita, APANO’s Cultural Manager, in organizing the 2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival (EPALF), a platform created to elevate the voices of Portland’s artists of color. Through main stage performances, interactive workshops, a book & craft fair, kid-friendly activities, artists explored themes of healing, health, and wellness.
Subashini Ganesan, Leila Haile, RaShaunda Brooks, Maya Vivas. Photo by Andrea Lonas
Xi Jie Ng (Salty) leads the workshop, How are you? I’m good, how are you? I’m good...Photo by Andrea Lonas
Buttons designed by Candace Kita. Photo by Andrea Lonas
Photo by Andrea Lonas
From 2017-2018, I became involved with KSMoCA as a teaching assistant through PSU, a teaching artist leading an after-school program, and the curatorial and education assistant for the KSMoCA International Art Fair.
KSMoCA, King School Museum of Contemporary Art, is a contemporary art museum inside of Martin Luther King Jr School (PreK-5th) in NE Portland, OR. Founded in 2014 by Portland State University professors Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher, the project creates an unusual pairing between public school students and internationally renowned artists and their work. KSMoCA’s programs are collaboratively developed with the MLK Jr School community, PSU students, and a team of artists.
From 2011 - 2014, I was a member and then joined the board of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC). During those years, I co-led the Studio Circle for emerging artists with artist Marcy Chevali, co-organized the workshop series Movement to Power with Amita Manghnani, and collaborated with artists and writers on organizing events for South Asian women artists and writers.
The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) has served South Asian women since 1997 and has earned a reputation for showcasing cutting-edge work that deals intelligently with issues of gender and cultural representation.
SAWCC provides women of South Asian descent with links to various communities and encourages their growth as artists by providing a venue to exchange ideas and feedback on their creative work and network with other South Asian women artists, educators, community workers, and professionals.
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Immigrant Movement International, Corona
When I lived in Corona, Queens from 2005 - 2013, I worked with the Queens Museum and volunteered at Immigrant Movement International, Corona. During that time, I taught Indian folk dance classes at Corona Plaza, worked with community members on art events in the neighborhood and participated in a community education series about immigrant rights and abolishing ICE.