API Artists Futures Fund: Awardee Celebration

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API Artists Futures Fund: Awardee Celebration

In honor of APA Heritage Month, join us to celebrate the 28 API artists selected through the API Artist Futures Fund on May 4th!

By Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Thursday, May 4 · 5:30pm PDT


Mercy Housing 290 Malosi Community Room 290 Malosi Street San Francisco, CA 94134

About this event

Presented by CCC and SALT Pacific Islander Association, the API Artist Futures Fund Awardee Celebration recognizes and uplifts 28 exceptional Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists from diverse neighborhoods across San Francisco. Nominated by local API community-based arts and culture organizations, these awardees, rooted in neighborhoods like Chinatown, Tenderloin, SoMA, Sunset, Excelsior, and Visitacion Valley, show how investing in artists can transform communities across the City.

The program features visual art and performances by select API Artist Futures Fund recipients, reflecting the awardees’ multitude of artistic disciplines.

Let’s celebrate these extraordinary artists and their invaluable role to the City!

Event Timing:

BBQ and refreshments will be served at 5:30PM and the program will begin at 6:00PM. This event will be both indoor and outdoor; masks are recommended, but not required.

How to get here:

We highly recommend taking public transportation!

Public Transportation: The Muni Bus lines 8, 8AX, 8BX, & 9 are within 1-3 min walking distance.

There is a wheelchair accessible ramp in front of the Malosi Street entrance. Malosi street parking space may be limited and some roads may be closed for construction. This event will be both indoor and outdoor; masks are recommended, but not required.

About the API Artist Futures Fund

Initiated by CCC, the API Artists Futures Fund is an unprecedented funding grant program providing unrestricted support to API artists, addressing the invisible barriers of survival in San Francisco. Piloting an artist-centered and accessible funding model, the CCC recognizes and supports existing cultural work and resilience in the City. At the heart of this celebration is the conviction that art is vital to community health, and it highlights the pivotal role of API artists in reimagining a future of anti-Asian hate through hope, joy, and creativity.

The API Futures Fund is in collaboration with community based organizations Kearny Street Workshop, SAMMAY Productions, Bindlestiff Studio, SALT Pacific Islander Association, Wildflowers Institute, Clarion Performing Arts Center, Balay Kreative, Asian American Women Artists Association, and Rachel Lastimosa.

About the Organizer:

Chinese Culture Center (CCC) is a non-profit arts organization established in 1965. CCC elevates underserved communities and gives voice to equality through education and contemporary art. Rooted in San Francisco’s Chinatown, CCC is a loud and creative voice to uplift social, cultural, and economical transformation. The CCC champions resiliency and healthy communities through funding artists. In doing so, we shift dominant narratives, empower change, and reimagine our futures.

Website: cccsf.us

Social: @CCCSanFrancisco

The API Artists Futures Fund is sponsored by:

California Natural Resources Agency

San Francisco Arts Commission

About the organizer

Chinese Culture Center, under the aegis of the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, is a non-profit organization established in 1965. CCC elevates underserved communities, and gives voice to equality through education and contemporary art. Recently, CCC was selected as a finalist for the national Robert E. Gard award, which honors exceptional integration of arts in the community for “Chinatown Art in the Alleyways” project, and for the prestigious “Our Town” series to represent the City of San Francisco, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

CCC’s curatorial perspective integrates innovation, respect for tradition, a sense of the power of place, and a commitment to engagement with the local community through a process-driven lens. In the last decade, the organization has sought opportunities throughout the neighborhood for the presentation of art, from Portsmouth Square as the “living room of Chinatown,” to vacant storefronts, to Chinatown’s network of alleyways, through which the community’s lifeblood flows. Moreover, deep engagement with artists steeped in a social practice approach to art-making has been a core to its programming.