Dear Family and Friends,
I devote my time to many projects. One of those special projects is serving as Hyphen magazine’s art editor. Hyphen is an all-volunteer Asian American culture and politics online and print magazine. We tell stories that don’t make it to mainstream media. We share experiences of our Asian American brothers and sisters. We spread awareness of diverse issues within our community. We do it because we love it. And we know that each story and piece of artwork benefits our entire community.
Next year, Hyphen wants to focus on a topic we can all relate to: Health. There are many unspoken and obscured realities that Asian American individuals, families and communities face that need to be shared. As a volunteer-run publication, we can’t do this alone. We’re asking for the collective support from loved ones, friends, dedicated readers and beyond to help us realize the “The Health Issue”.
I made a personal commitment of $150! Please help me reach my goal.
By contributing to The Health Issue, you will be educating the community, erasing stigmas and changing attitudes and beliefs about physical and mental disabilities and illness. Each dollar raised will go towards production costs of the magazine, including printing, artist and writer compensation, shipping, etc. All donors will be acknowledged online and in print. Based on your donation, you have the opportunity to receive some great perks for your generosity, which may include: Hyphen swag, a copy of Jeff Chang’s new book Who We Be: The Colorization of America, or an exclusive video chat with comedian and actor, Kristina Wong.
OUR HEALTH ISSUE WILL INCLUDE COVERAGE OF:
Increasing rates of diabetes among APIs
Same-sex abortion bans
And more in-depth storytelling of other health issues within our community
YOUR DONATION WILL GO TOWARD:
Printing 1,000 copies of the issue
Shipping the issue to supporters, universities, and libraries
Compensating talented artists and writers
YOU CAN ALSO SUPPORT US BY:
Signing up for regular Hyphen e-mail updates
Join the conversation on Asian American health by December 31. Thanks for reading. Stay healthy and awesome!
Writing is quite difficult these days and it’s in large part due to my busy schedule. I feel way busier than when I was in graduate school AND working full time. I am learning how to create boundaries (not too successful…yet), time management (even though I rarely meet my editors deadlines), and project management (as I spread myself thin professionally and personally). So, yeah, writing for myself and my personal projects has been challenging. But there have been some amazing and exciting things happening such as panel discussions, roundtables, and conferences! Please visit this link to get the latest! I am working on a schedule for “me” writing. So, hoping to get more posts published to this blog in the near future. Thanks for reading!
This is how I feel on a good day (major deadlines met, good feedback, and/or praise)!
FREE with RSVP: http://opencityartcity.tumblr.com/
Open City/Art City Festival
October 4, 2014
YBCA, 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94113
11am – 8pm
For those who want the specific details of the panel I will be participating on, here you go!
Artful Models: Creative Solutions to Our Changing Industry (YAAW Lounge at 7:00 PM)
Moderated by Rhiannon MacFayden, Founder, A Simple Collective
Artists are tinkerers, rebuilders, inverters, and the do-it-yourselfers. Historically, artists have also been socioeconomic “canaries”—the first (vocal) casualties of financial and political wind-shifts. As our economies and communities change, and we continue to hemorrhage local artists, beloved nonprofits, and established galleries, creative “artrepreneurs” are finding new models to keep the industry, and their vision, thriving. We’ll ask some of these nimble innovators about their view of the current climate and what they’re doing to create solutions to our art-world problems.
- Danielle Siembieda-Gribben, The Art Inspector: from performance to business
- Dorothy Santos, Grey Area Foundation: Discussing their big changes and why
- Noah Weinstein, Autodesk Artist Residency: A symbiotic model for supporting artists while building technology
- Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, A Simple Collective + ASC Projects: An experiment in hybrid gallery models
- Tim Roseborough, Artist “Meta-Practice”, art through marketing/marketing through art
Craving more information about #opencities2015? Check out the details of the event and learn more about the partnering organizations below!
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and The Institute for the Future (IFTF) are teaming up to engage the public through a creative and generative weekend that looks at how we transform a city. The weekend consists of IFTF’s Maker Cities’ Conference (Oct. 3) and the Open City/Art City Festival (Oct. 4). Through a vibrant mix of art installations, speakers, participatory activities, performances, music, food, and play, IFTF and YBCA invite the Bay Area community to imagine how we can build a city that is more open, creative and inclusive.
The Open City/Art City Festival seeks to leverage the essential role we all play in civic life and the future of our city. We want to explore the infrastructures, assets, and places needed within cities locally and globally to enable access to artistic exploration, inspiration, participation, collaboration, and opportunity.
The Festival provides a unique occasion to connect with some of the most progressive leaders in the Bay Area who are on the forefront of socially engaged enterprises in the arts, the public sector, urban design, and technology. Join us in uniting our diverse communities together to help frame generative dialogue, identify opportunities for collaboration, community engagement, collaborative design of our public spaces, and inclusive, citizen-centered city models.
As dialogue, connectivity, advocacy, storytelling, and cross-disciplinary innovation are increasingly woven into projects produced by artists and civic technologists, the boundaries between passive and active participant are diminished in lieu of a civic-minded and interdependent community. We hope that by providing a venue for stakeholders and community members to facilitate discussion, we can amplify the broad range of perspectives that comprise our city, and inspire new ways to shape the future. We are truly excited to help foster new, resilient connections in the community and facilitate mutually beneficial relationships across disciplines and industries in the Bay Area. And more to come!
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent, nonprofit strategic research group with over 46 years of forecasting experience. Our mission is to help organizations, communities, and individuals think systematically about the future. We pioneer tools and methods for building foresight and insight to drive more informed and thoughtful action today. IFTF is based in Palo Alto, California.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) was founded in 1993 out of an expressed need for an accessible, high-profile San Francisco venue devoted to contemporary visual art, performance, and film/video representing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives. Distinguished by its support for contemporary artists from around the world, YBCA is also recognized for the important role the organization plays in the San Francisco Bay Area arts ecology and in the community at large. From its award-winning youth arts and activism job training program, Young Artists at Work, to the acclaimed triennial Bay Area Now multidisciplinary arts festival, YBCA has established its leadership role as a champion of living artists working in the Bay Area.
• Systems of Support and Strengthened Infrastructures for Vibrant Arts and Culture
• Uniting Civic Technology with Arts Civic Practice
• Digital Divide, Inclusive Technology Movement
• “Re-engineering” the Relationship between Art and Technology in the Bay Area
• Maker Cities – The “Maker Mindset” to the Complex urban challenges of health, education, food, and citizenship
• Economic Shifts and Gaps – Addressing Equity – Changes in Neighborhoods and its Impacts
• Public and Private Partnerships – Leveraging New Resources and Capital
I’ve officially transitioned to the non-profit sector as the Community and Grants Manager for Gray Area Arts and Technology Theater. After graduating this past May, I had to make some major decisions about my life and career path. It was challenging. But it was necessary for me to be courageous and pave a new path for myself as a cultural worker. I’ve been freelancing for quite some time and already knew that I was working my way towards becoming a full time arts professional. But I honestly didn’t think I would get to where I am today.
As you can see in my profile picture above, I’m pretty ecstatic (although this photo was taken in 2012, it certainly captures my excitement and enthusiasm for life). But more important, the three other individuals pictured are my teammates. We have been given the task to research Cultural Equity during the Emerging Arts Professional fellowship. The fellowship will be 9 months. The entire cohort is comprised of 18 individuals from all over the Bay Area. We are assigned to different research areas, which include: 1) The Creative City, 2) Cultural Equity, 3) Arts & Enterprise, and 4) Regenerative Practices. My group will try and tackle the following:
You can learn more about the fellowship here. I highly encourage reading through the profiles of the individuals in my cohort. I can’t believe I get to work and research with this talented and brilliant group of cultural workers and producers. Amazing!