APICC presents URBAN X. INDIGENOUS, June 6–7


Presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, and through workshop, dialogue, and performance, URBAN X INDIGENOUS aims to unite cultural and urban performance artists to strengthen the network of urban-indigenous community members towards collective action. Embracing arts as activism, urban movers, activist-scholars, and indigenous artists will gather to engage in a space of ritual, remembering, and (re)telling.

Centered on the API-experience but in alliance with all indigenous peoples, URBAN x INDIGENOUS: Spirits of the Streets involves and encourages an inter-generational, multidisciplinary artistic approach to acknowledging the indigenous spirit in the urban jungle of our present day.

Day One will consist of a storytelling workshop exploring the importance of movement, song, and spoken word in the (re)telling of API traditions passed down, and a panel discussion inquiring the presence of the ‘indigenous self’ in modern day art-making, creative practice, public performance, and our everyday lives; participants may be invited to perform their workshopped pieces the next day.

Day Two will culminate in a curation of visual works from various Fil-Am artists and a production premiering new works from Sammay Dizon in collaboration with Generation Y movers, sayers, and doers that explore the crossroads of the urban dweller and indigenous spirit, speak to the sociopolitical rupture of our ancestral land, and seek to find their way back to the ancient ways of knowing and living harmoniously with the earth.

This event presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.

Photo courtesy of APICC