Led by Pan Asian Arts Alliance, local Asian American and Pacific Islander arts groups have come together to host fourth annual Pan Asian Arts Festival on Sunday, May 19, from noon to 5 p.m. at Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. The event is free and open to the public.
Along with Pan Asian dances, music, story-telling, craft makings and carnival games, making traditional hats and masks, a Hmong book workshop and a bi-cultural healthy living campaign event to help people find “bicultural balance in daily life” to help immigrants and refugees bridge two cultures.
Sponsored by Pan Asian Arts Alliance and local dance groups, there will more than 40 dance performances from local Asian dance groups. The family day experience is designed to share the Asian culture exchange of our diverse community.
This month-long Pan Asian Arts Festival strives to engage the community in understanding the lives of the Asian communities through the arts and cultur. It aims to reduce barriers and build a platform to exchange and inspire dialogue and integration of diverse cultures.
Organizers hope to provide opportunities for communities to appreciate the uniqueness of Pan Asian arts through dance, music and storytelling. The power of performing arts can promote unity and progression and they seek to celebrate each unique community.
This unique project is sponsored by the MN State Arts Board and Asian Pacific Council’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (which that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov., 2008.), City of St Paul’s Cultural Star Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), COMPAS, and the Friends of Burnsville of Performing Arts Center, with a Special Thanks to all our Advisory Committee: Asian Media Access, Iny Asian Dance Theater, Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Cambodian Dance Group, Dao Lan Dance Studio, Hoang Anh Vietnamese Dance Group, Lao Assistance Center Lao Dancers, Alaya Lee, James Lee, Mu Gung Hwa Korean Dance Group, Pan Asian Story-Tellers Assn., Sansei Yonsei Kai Japanese Children and Adult Dance Group, and Sumunar Indonesian Dance Ensemble, c/o Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota.
The festival is inviting 40 Pan Asian Dance groups, Asian craft making ideas, and Asian carnival game ideas. For information contact [email protected], 612-376-7715, [email protected] or www.panasianartsalliance.org.