underCurrents Closing Event This Saturday

What: underCurrents & the Quest for Space exhibition closing event features an interactive round table discussion and reception

When: Saturday, May 25, 1–5pm. Panel discussion at 1pm, reception at 3pm.

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: Free admission

Navigating Beyond the underCurrents is a fearless interactive round table discussion to accompany the exhibition underCurrents and the Quest for Space focusing on the cultural patterns affecting the collective Asian American consciousness. As Asian Americans strive to claim positions of leadership in society and establish a historical presence, these patterns remain insidious. They manipulate personal joy and obliterate the potential of individuals and as a whole.

The discussion seeks to publicly declare these patterns and wounds, charting a course to a more powerful, vibrant place for women in the world. Through critically acclaimed imagery and storytelling, AAWAA publicly showcases courageous artists whose works galvanize our deep understanding of these patterns.

Panelists Include:

Julie Soo, president of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women
Marily Mondejar, president of the Filipina Women’s Network and producer of APIA version of Vagina Monologues and One Billion Rising
Leslie W. Zeitler, LCSW, social worker working in direct services, speaking about trauma and loss, writing and editing curricula, facilitating trainings, and coordinating evaluation efforts for child welfare training
Trinity A. Ordona, Ph.D., a spiritual counselor, currently teaches classes on lesbian relationships, queer communities of color and techniques for abuse recovery at City College of San Francisco
Inson Choy, independent arts curator, Curator for underCurrents
Cynthia Tom, artist and activist, board president Asian American Women Artists Association, founder of A Place of Her Own, an arts based healing program for women.
Amy G. Lam, Ph.D., Center for Public Health Practice, UC Berkeley. Her pioneering work on APA women and sexual health confronts cultural norms and taboos

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we offer thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue. www.aawaa.net

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) supports and produces multi-disciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in the United States. underCurrents is featured as part of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s  (APICC) 16th Annual United States of Asian America Festival at SOMArts Cultural Center. www.apiculturalcenter.org
Photo by Shahrukh Faquih