Art As Medicine: Building Solidarity in and with Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities An #ArtistResource Conversation

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Date(s) - 05/12/2020
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm


The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated racism and xenophobia towards Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. As our national leadership insists on directing the blame for the virus towards Asian countries, reports of hate crimes have soared. In our final #ArtistResource session, artist leaders share knowledge, history, and art as a means of building solidarity within AAPI communities, affirming AAPI artists, and holding space for the AAPI community. The conversation featuring members of the Center of Asian American Media (CAAM), Consortium of Asian American Theater and Artists (CAATA), and Act to Change facilitated by Susan Chinsen (Engagement Producer and Director of Boston Asian American Film Festival) and Meena Malik (musician, Cultural Organizer, Theater Program Manager at NEFA) and will invite artists and activists to examine the past and present as a means of seeding our future. What can we learn from the past and what knowledge can we affirm in ourselves in the wake of this challenging time? What tools, artistic and otherwise, do we have to push back against racism in our current moment? How do we build resilience in ourselves and maintain our commitment to protect one another going forward?

This conversation is designed by and about the API artist community, and is open to allies of the community.


  • Ariel Estrada (CAATA Communications & Membership Coordinator, host/moderator)
  • Lily Tung Crystal (Artistic Director, Theater Mu)
  • Vichet Chum (playwright, Bald SistersHigh School Play, and Kyum)

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